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Jul 07, 2016
This year we're in Kansas City. My panels are particularly cool this time around
Below's my (current, and subject to change) schedule for the 2016 Worldcon. Note that this is only the panel schedule--kaffeeklatsches, signings, readings etc. are not settled yet so don't freak out if you don't see them here.
It's a great bunch of topics this year--I get to talk about almost everything that currently obsesses me, and I get to be on panels with some amazing people. Check it out:
An Idiot's Guide Revisited, circa 2000
Friday 13:00 - 14:00, 2208 (Kansas City Convention Center)
It's circa 2000 and authors Cory Doctorow and Karl Schroeder just published The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Science Fiction. Fast-forward 16 years later, and the world of publishing has evolved, but how much has it really changed? Cory and Karl take a look back and discuss what they got right, what they got wrong, and how things have changed over the years.
Karl Schroeder, Cory Doctorow
Futurism vs. SF
Friday 18:00 - 19:00, 2209 (Kansas City Convention Center)
Science Fiction explores the future. Futurism explores the future and tries to relate it to the real world. What causes someone to be a Futurist rather than a science fiction author? Where are the overlaps and the differences between the two practices?
S.B. Divya (M), Karl Schroeder, Ramez Naam, Andrea Phillips, David Brin
"Ellie's Last Line". Scriptwriting and Narrative for Video Games
Saturday 11:00 - 12:00, 2209 (Kansas City Convention Center)
Some of today's most popular video games are based upon narrative storytelling, but that's only part of conveying the tale implicit in a videogame. What does it take to develop a game script? Participants discuss the ins and outs of building a quality gaming script.
Seth Dickinson, Karl Schroeder (M), Carol Wolf, Brianna Spacekat Wu, Richard Hescox, Naomi Novik
The Future of Government
Saturday 17:00 - 18:00, 2208 (Kansas City Convention Center)
As part of "The Future of" series we look at Government.
Americans like to think that US democracy is the ultimate and best form of government. But the world has seen many different forms of government over the centuries and through to today. What will governments in the US and other countries be like in the next 10, 50, or 200 years? How will changing technologies and world conditions (e.g., climate change) affect those forms? Are there forms of government that have been proposed that have never existed in the real world, but might?
Cat Greenberg (M), Matthew Johnson, Dr Jamie Metzl, Karl Schroeder, Ada Palmer
Societal Aspects of Technology
Saturday 13:00 - 14:00, 2208 (Kansas City Convention Center)
If your cellphone died would you be late for work? When your power goes out, would you dispair for entertainment? In a world where people are digitally dependent, what will happen when energy fails us? Downton Abbey dramatized the advent of home electricity, the telephone and the radio. How did those advances change social lives? Instead of bringing us together, have phones increase our isolation? Join us for a discussion on how technology changes the way people communicate and relate in society.
Mike Shepherd Moscoe, Andrea Phillips, Edward M. Lerner (M), Karl Schroeder, David Brin
Is Mining the Asteroids Feasible?
Sunday 11:00 - 12:00, 2204 (Kansas City Convention Center)
Once the province of science fictiion, Asteroid mining is moving into the realm of venture capital, with startup efforts from here to Luxemberg. A number of approaches exist, none of them downselected by experience yet. For instance, does it make more sense to bring raw material back or process it in situ? What might the near term, mid term and far term of asteroid mining look like?
Karl Schroeder, Dr. Jordin Kare, Courtney Schafer, Les Johnson (M), Jennifer Brozek
May 16, 2016
I'll be speaking May 18, 2016 on "Humans in the digital world"
I'm excited to be traveling to Warsaw, Poland, this week to give a talk at the Sector 3.0 conference. This year's theme is "humantech" and I'll be talking about the potentially transformational impact that blockchain technologies may have on our civilization. Forget self-driving cars, this is where the real action is.
The event is taking place at the stunning Copernicus Center. In the afternoon of the 18th I'll also be speaking on Campus, about a five minute walk from the Center, on the general subject of reinventing democracy using modern technologies and--more importantly--our newly unfolding empirically-based understanding of human nature and cognitive science.
I've always wanted to visit Poland, where my family came from 140 years ago. Ironically, the weather in Warsaw this week is exactly the same as the weather in Toronto--cool, but warm enough to get out and about and enjoy spring in Europe. Which I full intend to do. Thanks to Jean Ekwa and the rest of the organizers of the conference for inviting me. I hope I make it worth their while.
Apr 22, 2016
Stellar French SF magazine Bifrost is marking its 20th year in print. As part of the celebration, they're republishing highlights from their past issues, and have honoured me by choosing "The Dragon of Pripyat" as one of the reprints. You can find the retrospective issue on their website.
Apr 20, 2016
I'll be there May 18, 2016
Poland has a very dynamic and forward-looking nonprofit sector, and recently the country has been encouraging local libraries at the town and village level to modernize and innovate. It’s part of an effort to empower local people, organizations and small businesses. Since a lot of my recent work is on governance and in particular, local government and autonomy, I’ve been invited to Warsaw to talk about “technologies of trust” at this year’s Sector 3.0 conference. This will be happening on May 18-19, at the stunning Copernicus Science Centre; I’ll be speaking at 10:00 A.M. on the 18th.
I'm really looking forward to this. The European foresight and innovation community is daring and creative, and this event looks like it'll engage all levels of society in just the kind of dialogue and exploration I enjoy!
I'll add more details as I get them, and hope to livetweet as much of the event as I can.
Nov 23, 2015
I share this award with Charles de Lint--the vote was a tie!
Yesterday we held the 35th Annual Aurora Award ceremony, at Canvention here in Toronto. I was up in the Best Young Adult Novel category, along with a field of impressive peers. My novel Lockstep tied with Charles de Lint's Out of This World to win in the Young Adult category.
I'm thrilled and honoured to be in the company of such fine writers. I'm also delighted to have won in the Young Adult category, as this seals an Aurora win for me in each of the Short Story, Novel, and YA Novel classes.
It's an early Christmas present, and I'm grateful to everyone who contributed to the awards, and in particular the Aurora Committee who have worked so diligently for 35(!) years now to bring this award to the Canadian readership.
Nov 04, 2015
Appropriately, at the Pravda Vodka Bar
If you're in the Toronto area in November, make sure you come down to Pravda to help us launch License Expired, the unauthorized James Bond anthology. This is going to be huge fun, with readings, grandiose speeches and yes, vodka.