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John-Henri Holmberg (born 1949 in Stockholm) is a Swedish author, critic, publisher and translator, and a well-known science fiction fan.
He published his first fanzine at 13, in late 1962, and was for a long period Sweden’s most prolific fan editor and writer, publishing a total of around 220 fanzines until his so far latest, which appeared in 1996. Among them were the 50 issues of his fannish Gafiac, more than 100 issues of the news and review fanzine Fanac, and some 25 issues of Sweden’s leading sercon fanzine, Science fiction forum, published since 1960 by the Scandinavian SF Society, in Swedish called SFSF.
He was also a board member of SFSF from 1963 and almost continuously until 1979, during that period serving three years as club president. He co-chaired the Swedish national sf conventions in 1968, 1972, 1974, and 1976, was one of the founding board members of the Alvar Appeltofft Memorial Foundation, has been guest of honour at four Swedish and one Norwegian sf convention, and at the World SF Convention in Glasgow, 2005, was presented with the Big Heart Award.
Professionally, he has worked as a critic and essayist, a translator, an editor and a publisher. As an acquiring editor for Askild & Kärnekull, he edited his first line of sf novels from 1973 until 1975, during that period publishing the first works by Ursula K Le Guin and Samuel R Delany to appear in Swedish.
He later edited further sf lines for Lindfors, in cooperation with Per Insulander and John Ågren also for Kindbergs and for their own publishing house, LFP; here, and later as Fiction Publisher with the Bra Böcker Publishing Group, he also introduced Greg Bear, David Brin, Joe Haldeman, Vonda McIntyre, Joanna Russ, Kate Wilhelm, Gene Wolfe and many other sf authors to Swedish readers.
Outside of sf, he has also worked as general fiction and crime fiction publisher, introducing authors like James Ellroy, Jonathan Lethem, Patrick McGrath, Walter Mosley, Ben Okri, Joao Ubaldo Ribeiro and many others to Sweden. A life-long libertarian, he has also published the first Swedish translations of Ayn Rand’s four novels.
His translating credits include a total of around 200 books and as many short stories. Among these are numerous works by Stephen King, Robert A Heinlein, the pseudonymous “Lemony Snickett”, Armistead Maupin, as well as fiction and non-fiction by Henry James, Vladimir Nabokov, Dean Koontz, Dick Francis, Isaac Asimov, Nicola Griffith, Joe Haldeman, and others.
As a critic, he writes continuously for Sweden’s third largest daily newspaper, Sydsvenska Dagbladet, where his crime fiction reviews have appeared since 1995.
He has also contributed essays to numerous books on crime fiction, is a recipient of the Jan Broberg Award for Excellence in Criticism, and is a member of the Swedish Crime Fiction Academy.
His writings on other subjects have appeared in many magazines and newspapers, as well as in prefaces and afterwords to close to a hundred novels, including recent Swedish editions of works by Mary Shelley, Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, and Stephen King. He has also contributed to the Encyclopedias of Science Fiction and of Fantasy, edited by John Clute and Peter Nicholls, and to the Swedish National Encyclopedia, where he wrote the essays on “Science Fiction”, “Fantasy Fiction”, “Horror Literature”, and “Underground Literature” as well as the texts on some hundred individual authors.
He was a guest speaker at the first Swedish academic conference on science fiction, hosted by Linköping University in 2007.
Among his own books are overviews and studies in fantasy fiction, psychological thrillers, and science fiction (his major work, in two volumes totaling over a thousand pages), but he has also written books on movies and libertarianism.
He has also edited six science fiction anthologies, the latest appearing in late 2010. Since 2004, he edits and publishes the resurrected, now quarterly magazine Nova science fiction, which in an earlier incarnation he also edited from 1982 through 1987. Nova received the 2009 Eurocon award for best European sf magazine.
Books by John-Henri Holmberg
* Drömmar om evigheten, Askild & Kärnekull 1974.
* Kvinnor i science fiction (with Per Insulander), Optima 1982
* Befria människan, Dalia Books 1985.
* Fantasy, fantasylitteraturens historia, motiv och författare, Replik 1995.
* Dunkla drifter och mörka motiv – den psykologiska thrillern. Bibliotekstjänst 1997.
* Inre landskap och yttre rymd, del 1 – science fictions historia från H. G. Wells till Brian Aldiss. Bibliotekstjänst 2002.
* Inre landskap och yttre rymd, del 2 – science fictions historia från J. G. Ballard till Gene Wolfe. Bibliotekstjänst 2003.
* Filmtema. Bibliotekstjänst 2006.
* Secrets of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (with Dan Burstein and Arne de Keijzer). St Martin’s 2011.
Sf anthologies edited
* Alpha 1 (with Per Insulander & John Ågren), Kindbergs 1980
* Framtiden inför rätta, Timbro 1984.
* Den fantastiska julen, Timbro 1985
* Cyberpunk, Replik 1995
* Första stora science fiction-boken, Univerb 1997
* När allt förändrades, En bok för alla 2010