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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.
Oct 20, 2015
See you in Saratoga
I'm not primarily a fantasy writer, but some great works have had a huge influence on me--most importantly, Mervyn Peake's epic Gormenghast. I read The Lord of the Rings like most kids, and was on my third read of it when I discovered Peake. After finishing Gormenghast, I didn't return to Tolkien for another twenty years.
I'll be going on about that and other stuff on my panels, but heck, I'm really there just to hang out and talk, so if you're going to the convention look for me. I'll be around and happy to shmooze.
|City Center 2B||Magic is the essential ingredient of Epic Fantasy… except when it isn't.
Can a story be Epic Fantasy if there isn't a spell hurling mage? Do all quests need a wizard? The panel will discuss how magic is used in Epic Fantasy and some of the texts that do things a little differently.
Paul DiFilippo (mod.), David Keck, Kate Laity, Karl Schroeder
|1:00•City Center 2B||The Fantastic Cities of Monstrous Magnitude
Epic Fantasy has created some of the most arresting and wondrous architecture ever dreamed of. The panel will discuss some of their favorite settings in Epic Fantasy and why those cities and buildings evoke such wonder.
John Clute, Gemma Files, David Levine, Karl Schroeder
Reading, 11:00, in Broadway 2
Sep 01, 2015
I'll be talking fiction as futurism
Wednesday, Sept. 30, I'll be speaking at the Foresight & Trends conference in Los Angeles. My topic? The same subject on which I wrote my Master's thesis: the use of fictional narratives in foresight studies. This time, though, I'll be getting recursive by reciting several possible "plotlines" that exemplify different aspects of the method. The full agenda description for my talk is:
Plotlines: Using Stories to Analyze the Future
Acclaimed science fiction writer and futurist Karl Schroeder will describe the plotlines of three possible novels. Each of the stories captures the complex essence of one emerging megatrend. Together, they reduce what might be a long, tedious analysis of demographics and drivers to something vital and easily memorable. The stories are, “Decapitation,” about blockchain technology and how Distributed Autonomous Corporations put a company’s CEO, CFO, and upper management out of work; “The Lady (almost) Vanishes,” about how emerging tech is making it impossible for people to disappear; and in “The Garbage Miners,” how a strike by workers who convert trash into feedstock for 3d printers nearly shuts down the country.
So, the talk serves a double purpose--to describe the technique, and to show it in action. I hope you can be there!
Aug 19, 2015
Last minute flight changes. Grrr
It doesn't look like I'll be able to make my Sunday book signing at Sasquan. I'm trying to make other arrangements, but meanwhile, if you want something signed, plan to waylay me after one of my other panels, Thursday, Friday or Saturday, or arrange an alternate meetup. I'll keep you updated as this situation evolves.
Aug 13, 2015
An apocalypse just for you, coming Sept. 15, 2015
John Joseph Adams' glorious climate-change anthology Loosed Upon the World will be coming out this September from Saga Press. The book has stories by Kim Stanley Robinson, Paolo Bacigalupi, Robert Silverberg, Greg Benford and lots of other. I have two stories in the anthology: "Kheldyu," my most recent and most pessimistic Gennady Malianov piece, and "Mitigation," the open-Arctic-ocean romp that Tobias Buckell and I wrote together.
Climate change isn't your ordinary apocalypse, since it's actually already upon us. It's a slow, nearly imperceptible alteration of all our affairs--"boiling the frog" but not necessarily all negative. It's not a destroyed world that results, but a reconfigured one. Loosed Upon the World explores this ambiguity with panache and energy--and a book like this is long overdue.