Ulf Wolf

Biography

Ulf is a Swedish name that once meant Wolf. So, yes, Wolf Wolf, that’s me.

I was born Ulf Ronnquist one snowy night in late October, in one of those northern Swedish towns that are little more than a clearing in the forest.

Fast forward through twenty Swedish years, ten or so English ones, and another twenty-four in the US and you’ll find me in front of an immigrations officer conducting the final citizenship interview, at the end of which he asks me, “What name would you like on your passport?”

And here I recall what a friend had told me, that you can pick just about any name you want at this point, and I heard me say “Ulf Wolf.”

That’s how it happened. Scout’s honor.

Of course, I had been using Ulf Wolf as a pen name for some time before this interview, but I hadn’t really planned to adopt that as my official U.S. name. But I did.

I have written stories all my life. Initially in Swedish, but for the last twenty or so years in English. To date I have written six novels, four novellas and two scores of stories; along with many songs and poems.

My writing focus these days is on life’s important questions (in my view): Who are we? What are we doing here? And how do we break out of this prison?

Where to find Ulf Wolf online


Books

The Elements of Fiction
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Price: Free! Words: 130,290. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Quotations
It was John Gardner, the legendary teacher of the craft, who said that the elements of fiction, like the words in a language, are finite. Oh, are they? I thought, and set about to verify this by collecting authors’ quotes about them. This task began as a cheat sheet, a short list of those elements I recognized and documented by quotes, but soon took on a life of its own. This is the result.
Alt.Confessions
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Price: Free! Words: 13,250. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
Bradford Crodin is an online predator who has gone too far. His tactic is confessions. He listens, understands, and invades the privacy of the person he pursues. He is successful at this, his perverted game. Too successful. This story takes place in the mid-1990s, when the Usenet was all the rage, and more or less the Facebook of its day.
Lab Rats
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Price: Free! Words: 14,080. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
Fennel is a lab rat with a (strong) mind of his own. Part of an experiment to isolate the precise pheromones that drive rats to procreate, he decides to not cooperate, at all. To go on a mating strike. And not only that, he enlists the agreement from his lab-rat friends to do the same. With some interesting fallout.
The Path Walkers
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Price: Free! Words: 33,940. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
In the very long ago Burmese jungle two young people, of enemy tribes, are wondering the same thing: why do our old people walk the path to never return? Why don’t they stay with the village and let us take care of them? They have deserved a rest. Instead, at the behest of the Lama, once a tribal member becomes a burden to the tribe and no longer contributes, he or she must walk the path.
Faster James Faster
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Price: Free! Words: 4,560. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical
Is there a deeper motherly pain than having your child stolen and eaten by something ten times your size? And why does life need death to live? These quasi-fictional ruminations of a modern day Thoreau navigates all over the angst map.
Thirteen Sketches
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Price: Free! Words: 7,340. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical
Some call them short stories, others call them short short stories (short shorts for short). Some even call them prose poems, and I guess that in some ways they might be. I call them sketches, for that’s how I see them: an impression or mental view sketched out for joy or remembrance. This collection includes thirteen sketches about everything from air to a Bristlecone Buddha.
Touch
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Price: Free! Words: 4,420. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
It certainly seems that this physical universe or ours is here to stay. But what if you don’t like it here anymore? What if you want to get out? And what’s the game here, anyway? Is there a game? Well, yes, there is.
Two Dark Truths
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Price: Free! Words: 52,090. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Two Dark Truths is a collection of one longish short story (“I Killed Hemingway”) and one novella (“A Larry Comes”). Please see the individual stories here in Smashwords for details.
Seven True Lies
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Price: Free! Words: 89,080. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Seven True lies is a collection of five stories and two novellas. It includes: “Beast,” “Angels,” “Hell’s Father,” “I Killed Hemingway,” “Bristlecone Buddha,” “Boil a Manchild for Odin,” and “Only the Albatross Remembers” — please see my individual stories here in Smashwords for more details.
Death Minus Hours
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Price: Free! Words: 5,580. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
His father has been in jail for twenty years. The last few of those on death row. Tomorrow is his execution and he has finally agreed to see his son. This is their conversation.
Winter Cat
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Price: Free! Words: 2,100. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
One of the few left in this northern land, the lynx stops to view the spectacular northern lights that, to him, seem to whisper what to do.
Wolverine
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Price: Free! Words: 6,640. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
The wolverine has not eaten for days. He has her scent. The deer is tired and bleeding, though still running. He can keep this pace up for days, she cannot. He knows that he will eat tonight. He will kill her well before dawn.
Thunder
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Price: Free! Words: 3,630. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Drama
(5.00 from 1 review)
Her husband was a good friend of mine. I respected him, and would never betray him. Never. Or so I told myself often enough. Implored myself often enough. To no avail. For has the man, or woman, seen the light of day who can withstand desire right out of the original wrapping?
Brothers In Arms
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Price: Free! Words: 14,410. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
I knew, and I mean knew, that it had happened. It did take place. I was not dreaming, I was not on drugs. He visited me. He, my long lost brother in arms. Across centuries, across galaxies, here, now. On that beach. It was him, I had no doubts. Now, to convince Walter about that.
The Signal
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Price: Free! Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
True, I had seen gnomes before, but they had all been hallucinations. Not real. This one, however, refused to leave. Insisted on being very real, indeed. And not only that, he insisted that I follow him. Curiosity got the better of me, so I did.
The Reader
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Price: Free! Words: 6,510. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
In the not too distant future reading and writing is not only not taught, it is frowned upon. Not long thereafter, teaching these arts became a crime. Now, you read at your peril. They will not kill you for it, not yet, but you are shunned and reviled, and have to wear the orange R on your chest.
The Crow
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Price: Free! Words: 2,330. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
(5.00 from 1 review)
The Crow, the most accomplished of all singers, would brook no competition. So when competition did arise, the Crow took matters in his own hands, for no one could, or should, sing more beautifully than he. No one had the right to.
The Climb
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Price: Free! Words: 4,640. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Stars at this altitude are palpable, touchable. One star even seems to grow as I labor in the cold night at eleven thousand feet, one slow step after another with many stops to catch what little breath there is to catch up here. While that star grows larger still.
The Buddha Said
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Price: Free! Words: 2,230. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Religious
Will wisdom and truth remain wisdom and truth if no one hears it, if it is not passed on, if it is not understood? Does desire still chain us if no one believes it does? Fourteen small windows facing the question, and facing the answer.
The Audience
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Price: Free! Words: 7,840. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Randolph Hedgeheath has always wanted to give the Almighty a piece of his mind, bend His ear a little. Well, here, suddenly, and not a little surprisingly, was his chance. But God did not exactly conform to expectations.
Strange Days
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Price: Free! Words: 2,120. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Biographical
I have a theory that Bach is God. I think it will survive scrutiny if you follow and allow it. If not "God" God then at least of the same substance. I have no doubt. Now, God’s music entered me with such force, in such volume, and of such beauty that I had to let it flow through me and out through my arm and hand and fingers and pen as ink on white paper, or I would drown in beauty.
Strands
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Price: Free! Words: 7,980. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical
Eight vignettes, eight episodes of evil. Who really enjoys the pain? Who gains by it? Are we capable of such deeds, or are we simply puppets, dancing at the end of long, invisible strands that both control and savor?
Setting Things Right
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Price: Free! Words: 2,430. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
Every apartment in the building was its own little universe, and what was going on in another’s universe did not concern you. It certainly did not concern Mr. Wells, a kind man who was probably the strangest tenant of all. But this should have concerned him, for what he did was very unkind.
Road Kill
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Price: Free! Words: 4,130. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
Of course it is not my fault, so they keep telling me, especially the pretty doctor. It was a suicide. But he is dead and I am not. That’s not so easy to hide from. Or ignore. No matter what the pretty doctor says.
The Pros and Cons of Plumbing
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Price: Free! Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
Love starts out as perfect plumbing. All pipes slanting slightly earthward. Gravity does most of the work. There are no scratches. There is nothing wrong with the world. All is up to code.
Of Trolls
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Price: Free! Words: 5,960. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
It is not commonly known that trolls originated in India, but it’s the truth. At least according to Esh, the ancient, white, blind Cobra who told the tale. And no one had ever known Esh to lie.
My Suicide
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Price: Free! Words: 7,580. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
The thing about Aspirin is that 121 of them will not kill you. Not even a dent. They will, however, make your ears ring, and if you stage this perfectly, they will also accomplish the purpose of suicide: make them feel good and guilty.
My Curious Ocean
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Price: Free! Words: 9,030. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(3.00 from 1 review)
The advertisement promised the ride of your life, and finding myself on the far side of bored one day I decided to take them up on it. The Universe of Sensation, they called it. Must be experienced to be believed. I decided to experience, paid the fee, and off we went.
The Listener
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Price: Free! Words: 5,300. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
Welcome to Earth. You have seventy years to make the best of it. If you’re not gone by then, we’ll see you off. Whether you like it or not. Those are the rules. Enjoy your stay.
I Killed Hemingway
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Price: Free! Words: 9,060. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
True, he had not killed him alone, and not like shot him, but he had helped. He had been there. He could have done something, but did nothing. He had killed a legend. This is the confession of the psychiatric nurse that helped administer the last fatal electric shocks to Ernest Hemingway, those that robbed him of his ability to write, those that made self-inflicted death seem the only solution.
Hell's Father
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Price: Free! Words: 4,920. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Religious
Jesus of Nazareth never expounded upon Hell. Never talked of fire and brimstone. The Hell we all know and love never crossed His mind. This Hell is a later invention, and the inventor has a name: Tertullian.
He Knows
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Price: Free! Words: 6,270. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Drama » Asian
Every day is an out-and-out fight for survival. Of the fittest. The sun is murderously hot. The river water is too dirty to drink. So dirty it will kill you. But what if the river is the only water you can reach? He is a thief and a survivor, he will find a way.
Harry's Heart
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Price: Free! Words: 6,930. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
At a well-proportioned four feet three inches he, technically speaking, was not a dwarf, he was a midget. But no one knew the difference, and to them he was just incredibly short. An oddity. A misfit. A phenomenon. A dwarf. A dwarf getting back at them as well as he could.
Feet
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Price: Free! Words: 8,100. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
(3.00 from 1 review)
At least he was not a burden to his mother; for she had no idea where he was. His brother had found him once, years ago, but he was pretty sure his brother never told his mother or she would have come for him. He was glad she hadn’t. Life wasn’t that bad, and here he wasn’t a burden to her.
Ezra's God
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Price: Free! Words: 3,060. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Religious
What Ezra couldn’t wrap his wits around was how they could all be so certain that God existed when no one had ever seen him; and not only that, how they could all be so certain that he had not seen Him? Well, at first Ezra had not believed what he saw either, of course.
Experiments
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Price: Free! Words: 4,090. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The Creation of a Good Universe is truly a matter of a lot of trial and a lot of, yes, error, as Pupil God soon (or not so soon) found out. But Gods are nothing if not patient and are wont to stick with it until they get it right.
Dumb Enough
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Price: Free! Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
She simply could not stand being told what she could and could not do, whether the thing in question was insanity itself or not. No one, but no one told her what she could not do, consequences be damned.
The Katha Upanishad
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Price: Free! Words: 74,560. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Religious
The Katha Upanishad, possibly the most famous of these ancient writings, is naturally set in ancient India. But what if it were set in today’s America? That is the premise of this novel and this, for better or for worse, is the result.
Death
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Price: Free! Words: 3,150. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Death, is there really such a thing? This old girl gets an introduction from someone who’s been around and knows all about these things.
Crucifixion
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Price: Free! Words: 5,510. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Religious
The crucifixion of Jesus Christ did not go down exactly as described in the Bible, for no one really saw the event. None. Except, that is, one twelve-year old boy who saw the whole thing but was too terrified about it to tell anyone. Finally, he tells.
Garbo's Faces
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Price: Free! Words: 116,070. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Biographical
Garbo's Faces tells the story of Nachiketa Krishnamurti, a boy raised in India by his paternal grandmother who teaches him to speak with snakes. His father, Jiddu, is a well-known Indian mystic who is rarely home. His mother is never discussed. When Nachiketa is 23, Jiddu reveals to him that his mother is the reclusive Swedish film star, “Harriet Brown” (a Greta Garbo alias).
Tathagata - Book Four: Thesis
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Series: Tathagata, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 71,870. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Religious
The Buddha had not intended to return so soon. But things were not well with Earth, and the worsening (by the day it seemed) situation could not brook another 2,500 years of idly standing by. That much was clear. So after a brief reconnaissance life as Giordano Bruno, he returned in current times to again set things right. This time as a young girl called Ruth Marten, Melissa's daughter.
Tathagata - Book Three: Teacher
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Series: Tathagata, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 64,010. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Religious
The Buddha had not intended to return so soon. But things were not well with Earth, and the worsening (by the day it seemed) situation could not brook another 2,500 years of idly standing by. That much was clear. So after a brief reconnaissance life as Giordano Bruno, he returned in current times to again set things right. This time as a young girl called Ruth Marten, Melissa's daughter.
Tathagata - Book Two: Youth
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Series: Tathagata, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 66,710. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Religious
The Buddha had not intended to return so soon. But things were not well with Earth, and the worsening (by the day it seemed) situation could not brook another 2,500 years of idly standing by. That much was clear. So after a brief reconnaissance life as Giordano Bruno, he returned in current times to again set things right. This time as a young girl called Ruth Marten, Melissa's daughter.
Copier Samurai
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Price: Free! Words: 3,940. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
(4.00 from 1 review)
There are some everlasting truths about selling. One is that people buy from people. Another one is that people judge you by your shoes, i.e., how well they shine. Another one is that selling is war. I’m a copier samurai. This is something Alice thinks is utterly ridiculous.
Tathagata - Book One: Birth
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Series: Tathagata, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 54,930. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Religious
The Buddha had not intended to return so soon. But things were not well with Earth, and the worsening (by the day it seemed) situation could not brook another 2,500 years of idly standing by. That much was clear. So after a brief reconnaissance life as Giordano Bruno, he returned in current times to again set things right. This time as a young girl called Ruth Marten, Melissa's daughter.
Closer Sun
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Price: Free! Words: 2,540. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Freshly arrived, freshly awake, not even hungry yet—not even aware of hunger yet—he surveys his new prison.
Beast
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Price: Free! Words: 14,370. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Biographical
It’s natural to fall in love, they say—and what an amazingly appropriate verb “fall” turns out to be in this context. Natural to lose your appetite, your focus, all other dreams? Natural to see nothing but the lack of her, the vast and Heatherless nothing that now spreads before me and makes up my world. Natural? That’s natural?
At the Soups
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Price: Free! Words: 4,380. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
Smothered by love. Is there such a thing? To Cindy’s mind, yes there definitely was, and she had told him, time and again, that she could not breathe.
Storm
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Price: Free! Words: 269,450. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
What if? What if the human race were in heat, and procreated, only for a month in the spring—just like, say dogs. What would the world be like? No really, what would such a world look like? What would constitute religion? What would constitute ethics? What would be a crime? What would television be all about before, during, after this storm? How would you survive this storm intact?
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