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Apr 08, 2015
Isabell Spengler, film artist from Germany, and I will be discussing time and perception at Trinity Square Video April 8, 2015. You're welcome to join us
My interests in time and in what is "really real" meet this week in an exhibit and discussion at Trinity Square Video in downtown Toronto. I'll be talking duration and solidity with German filmmaker Isabell Spengler, whose exhibition Two Days at the Falls will be showcased at the galllery. This should be a mind-bending excursion to the edges of what we know, and I'm really looking forward to it--so come join us, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. at 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 376. We're right at Spadina so the easiest access by TTC is the Spadina Streetcar; there are numerous Green-P and Blue-P parking garages in the neighbourhood as well. For more information about the event and the gallery's ambitious science-fiction oriented programme, check out the press release.
I'll be there this weekend, Saturday 11th and Sunday the 12th of April, 2015
A Trillion Is a Statistic ◼Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Room: Markham B
It happens so often in science fiction there's a name for it: "earth-shattering kaboom." From Lensmen to Ender's Game and beyond, sf has been solving problems with genocide for decades. Is this just authorial laziness, motivating heroes with a big enough bang, or is reflective of something dark in the genre's soul?
A.I. and Us: Heuristics of Surpassing the Human Brain ◼Science & Technology
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
When the BBC posts an article reporting the world's preeminent theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking warning that AI will eventually spell the end of the human race, all eyes turn to predictions of the Singularity. Those same predictions put it within the prime of the upcoming generation of scientists and engineers, so what teachings can the current generation pass on to insure the singularity doesn't mean the end of the human race? Or is the deprecation of our intelligence inevitable...
Readings: Karl Schroeder & Hayden Trenholm ◼Readings & Podcasts
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Panellist: Hayden Trenholm
Feb 05, 2015
I'll be at the University of Toronto February 26, reading and answering questions from 7:30 pm
They're studying Sun of Suns at the U of T this term and Professor Michael Johnstone has invited me down to talk to the class on February 25th. This event is open to the public, so if you want to come by, we'll be at the Muzzo Family Alumni Hall 400, at 121 St. Joseph Street. We'll be starting at 7:30 p.m. with a reading, and then I'll be doing a Q&A. My priority is to answer queries by the students, but I'm not about to turn down any good question. Afterward, there'll be signing.
I'm flattered that the class has chosen Sun of Suns, and would like to thank Prof. Johnstone and the class for inviting me in.
Feb 01, 2015
...And that's nine for nine! Every novel I've published since 2000 has made the list
Once again, Locus Magazine has put me in their annual Recommended Reading List. This time it's for Lockstep (which will be out in paperback in March) but, in a twist, they've included me in the Young Adult category rather than Science Fiction.
I don't know how to feel about that. I'm flattered to be told that I'm a success in the YA category, and I sort of understand why I'm there, in that Lockstep's protagonist is not an adult, there's no sex or graphic violence, and all ends well. But since when were those things required to make something an "adult" book? I wasn't writing a book to exclude a young audience, but then, I wasn't writing it to exclude an adult audience either. When I was growing up, these categories weren't so distinct and the result was I was reading books like The Worm Ouroborous and Dune when I was twelve. And why not? My nephew read Ventus when he was the same age and had no difficulty with it; so what's with this YA stuff?
I wrote Lockstep to consciously hie back to the classic space operas of the 1950s and 60s, but updated and--unlike every book that's used faster than light travel to generate its galactic empire--scientifically possible with what we know today. That was all. Whether kids read it or adults wasn't the point.
All of which means I'm overjoyed to be selected again for the list, and not at all upset to be in the YA category. I just don't really understand why the category exists. It's worrisome in that many potential adult readers who might really enjoy it may not even consider the book because of that categorization. That would be a shame for everybody involved.
Ah well. Thanks, Locus, and everybody who's enjoyed the novel--whether you consider yourself an adult, a "youth" or (and this is what I hope) another kind of person who falls into no marketing category: namely, a reader.
Jan 11, 2015
Boston in February - just like Toronto in February, but with a party
I'll be attending Boskone 52 February 13-15, 2015, and will be on the program. (In particular, I'll be autographing Sunday morning and holding a Kaffeeklatsch that afternoon if you want to drop by and chat.) Here's my schedule:
The Cutting Edge
Friday 14:00 - 14:50, Harbor II (Westin)
Panelists discuss scientific and engineering developments that are new or emerging, and then venture into the realm of those that may be just a short step from development. What ideas are within our reach that recently seemed like pure science fiction? And what direction will technology likely take in the future?
Tom Easton (M), Guy Consolmagno, Justine Graykin, Mark L. Olson, Karl Schroeder
Friday 18:00 - 18:50, Marina 2 (Westin)
"We'll freeze in the dark!" "Peak oil is yet to come!"
"Solar is the future!" "Coal means energy independence!"
There has to be more to the future of energy than mindless slogans, doesn't
there? In this panel we discuss what we know, what we can expect, and think
about what we don't know regarding energy over the next few decades.
Vincent Docherty, Mark L. Olson, Karl Schroeder
Dune — 50 Years later
Saturday 13:00 - 13:50, Harbor I (Westin)
Frank Herbert's Dune, published in 1955, was an epic science fiction saga that won the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award in 1966. Now, 50 years after its publication, we look back at the legacy left by Frank Herbert and his unique vision of a feudal interstellar society that was rocked by political machinations, contentious religious orders, and a very lucrative spice trade — and giant worms! How has this seminal work held up over time? What place might it take in the science fiction hall of fame? Panelists also discuss the impact that Dune has had on their own work as well as on the development of science and science fiction.
Kenneth Schneyer (M), Scott Lynch, Beth Meacham, Joan Slonczewski, Walter Jon Williams, Karl Schroeder
Autographing: A.C.E. Bauer, Darlene Marshall, Leigh Perry (Toni L. P. Kelner), Karl Schroeder
Sunday 10:00 - 10:50, Galleria-Autographing (Westin)
A.C.E. Bauer, Leigh Perry, Darlene Marshall, Karl Schroeder
Kaffeeklatsch: Karl Schroeder
Sunday 14:00 - 14:50, Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 2 (Westin)
I'm not on any programming, but am happy to visit with old friends and make new ones
I'll be visiting Michigan to attend Back to the Confusion next weekend, January 16-18, 2015.
Confusion is one of my favourite conventions. I've made some enduring friendships there, and it's proven to be one of those stealth cons where the most surprising people show up, and you can actually have them to yourself for a while. Not to knock the big cons, and maybe part of it is because Michigan has a kind of a Canadian vibe to it that helps me feel comfortable there, but really, it's just a great con.
Hope to see you there!