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I've made my first novel, Ventus, available as a free download, as well as excerpts from two of the Virga books.  I am looking forward to putting up a number of short stories in the near future.

Complete novel:  Ventus

 

To celebrate the August, 2007 publication of Queen of Candesce, I decided to re-release my first novel as an eBook. You can download it from this page. Ventus was first published by Tor Books in 2000, and and you can still buy it; to everyone who would just like to sample my work, I hope you enjoy this version.

I've released this book under a Creative Commons license, which means you can read it and distribute it freely, but not make derivative works or sell it.

Book Excerpts:  Sun of Suns and Pirate Sun

I've made large tracts of these two Virga books available.  If you want to find out what the Virga universe is all about, you can check it out here:

Major Foresight Project:  Crisis in Zefra

In spring 2005, the Directorate of Land Strategic Concepts of National Defense Canada (that is to say, the army) hired me to write a dramatized future military scenario.  The book-length work, Crisis in Zefra, was set in a mythical African city-state, about 20 years in the future, and concerned a group of Canadian peacekeepers who are trying to ready the city for its first democratic vote while fighting an insurgency.  The project ran to 27,000 words and was published by the army as a bound paperback book.

If you'd like to read Crisis in Zefra, you can download it in PDF form.

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Sep 07, 2011

Speaking at Applied Brilliance

From October 12 to 14 I'll be helping tank thinks in Wyoming. It's gonna be fun

I've been invited to talk about some of the ideas I mentioned on Charlie's blog last month.  This is what comes of emerging from your cave after working in isolation for a couple of years; but it's all good.  Applied Brilliance describes itself this way:

Applied Brilliance is one of the most original and influential thought-leadership events, designed to raise the level of creativity, innovation and applied intelligence for creatives, educators, the intellectually curious, and marketing and design professionals.

What caught my eye about this particular conference was that the rest of the speakers they'd lined up are all working in areas tangential or similar to what I'm doing.  I guess that's why they contacted me.  Anyway, my talk will be on "Enchanted Materialism" and the New Politics of Nature (for those of you keeping up with the philosophical Joneses, yes, that's a dual allusion to Jane Bennett and Bruno Latour).  My subject will be private conversations with the climate, natural systems as political actors, and new political tools in the post-social media world.

Realizing that all of this sounds cool but horribly vague, I think I need to post a reading list here sometime. I'll get on that.  Meanwhile, I'm really looking forward to the conference, mostly because I'm anticipating some really great conversations and meeting new and interesting people there.

Jan 31, 2011

My preliminary Boskone schedule

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  • Friday  6pm        Writing Graphic Novels
  • Friday  9pm        Against a Bright Background -- Building a Vivid  World
  • Saturday11am       Imagining the Near Future
  • Saturday4pm        What Is Time Travel Good For?
  • Sunday  10am       Nanotech or Nevertech?


Boskone 48 will be held at the Boston Westin Waterfront hotel, February 18-20, 2011.  Guest of honour will be Charles Stross, with special guest Charlaine Harris. I love this convention, and have been going for a few years now.  

This is going to be my opportunity to talk about what it's been like to go for a Masters degree in Strategic Foresight and Innovation--essentially, futurism.  I've also got some graphic novel material to show off.  So if you're in the Boston area on that weekend, come on down!

 

Nov 20, 2010

At SFCOntario this weekend!

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Toronto's newest convention should be a hoot! Come on down.

Fri. 7 PM – Gardenview

 

How to write a synopsis. A synopsis is an important part of the submission package you will use to sell your novel. But what is a synopsis and how is it developed and polished? Is there an ideal length? How much detail should it include? Panelists discuss common problems and errors. (Erik Buchanan, Michael Martineck(M), Stephen B Pearl, Karl Schroeder)

Fri. 9 PM – Ballroom BC       Aurora Pin Ceremony

Sat. 11 AM – Room 207      Kaffeeklatsh

Sat. 1 PM – Ballroom A

The Decline of the Written Empire: With e-books, 3000 channel television, web casts, and kindle, is the “book” on its way out? And how do you get an author’s signature on a IBook? (Alison Baird, Beverley Bambury(M), Ed Greenwood, Sandra Kasturi, Karl Schroeder)

Sat. 8 PM – Courtyard

Rewilding the Human Species. Rewilding is the process of returning species, habitats and landscapes to a natural state, as they would be without the intervention of humans, including the return of captive animals to the wild. But what about rewilding the human species?(Karl Schroeder)

 

Oct 06, 2010

My SFCOntario schedule

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The convention happens November 19-21st. Here's what I'll be doing

Friday 7:00 PM - Gardenview

How to write a synopsis. A synopsis is an important part of the submission package you will use to sell your novel. But what is a synopsis and how is it developed and polished? Is there an ideal length? How much detail should it include?

Panelists discuss common problems and errors. (Erik Buchanan, Michael Martineck(M), Stephen B Pearl, Karl Schroeder)

Saturday 11:00 AM 

Kaffeeklatsch

Saturday 1:00 PM - Ballroom A

The Decline of the Written Empire.  With e-books, 3000 channel television, web casts, and kindle, is the “book” on its way out? And how do you get an author’s signature on a IBook? (Alison Baird, Beverley Bambury(M), Ed Greenwood, Sandra Katsuri, Karl Schroeder)

 Saturday 8:00 PM - Courtyard

 Rewilding the Human Species. Rewilding is the process of returning species, habitats and landscapes to a natural state, as they would be without the intervention of humans, including the return of captive animals to the wild. But what about rewilding the human species? (Just me so far, though I may bring some others on board)

For more information about the convention, visit the SFCOntario website.

Jul 14, 2010

My Polaris schedule

This Friday to Sunday, I'll be at Polaris 24 in Richmond Hill. Here's how to find me

This weekend is the annual media-oriented con in Toronto, Polaris.  I'll be there, and you can catch me at panels, a reading, or a signing, at these times:

  • Where's My Rocket Car? Friday 09:00 PM 
  • Reading - Karl Schroeder Saturday 11:00 AM 
  • Trashing Other Planets Saturday 04:00 PM 
  • Avatar: The Theory of Pandora Saturday 05:00 PM 
  • Signing - Karl Schroeder Sunday 10:00 AM 
  • Bigger Guns Or Better Stories? Sunday 03:00 PM 

Hope to see you there!

Mar 23, 2010

My Ad Astra schedule

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April 9, 10, and 11 I can be found at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for this year's annual Toronto SF convention

Fri 9:00 PM:

Same Old Settings

What settings are overused and underused in SF, fantasy, and horror works? What would you like to see more of, and what have you seen enough of? If you are looking for more creative ideas for settings, where should you go? What works do you think have the most original settings?

 Rick Wilber, Karina Sumner-Smith, Gregory A. Wilson, Karl Schroeder, Derek Kunsken

Sat 6:00 PM:

 Putting the Science Into Science Fiction 

How can authors effectively use cutting-edge science in their SF works?

 Chris A. Jackson (m), Derek Kunsken, Peter Watts, Karl Schroeder,

 Sat 7:00 PM:

 Body and Person in SF

 How SF has treated the connection between the body and the personality, from completely disconnected to very integrated.

J. Keeping,  Peter Watts, Karl Schroeder

 Sun 10:00 AM:

Writing the Future

 How do you create a credible near future (up to 50 years from now)? What things are likely to change and what will stay the same? Technological and scientific changes aren’t the whole story. How do you incorporate probable or possible changes in the environment, economy and politics, culture and social mores into a believable future?

 Hayden Trenholm, Karl Schroeder, Rebecca Simkin

Sun 2:00 PM:

 Intersection Between SF and Contemporary Issues 

Does an average 14-year-old understand that The Forever War is really about Vietnam? Are such allusions wasted effort? Does a writer limit his or her shelf-life by tying work too closely to the present day?

Robert J. Sawyer,  Rick Wilber, Karl Schroeder, Ira Nayman, J.M. Frey

 Sun 3:00 PM:

 A.I. in SF

 A.I. is a staple in SF. This panel discusses the current reality and probable future of artificial intelligence research 

J. Keeping, Robert J. Sawyer, Karl Schroeder

 

 

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About Me

I'm a member of the Association of Professional Futurists with my own consultancy, and am also currently Chair of the Canadian node of the Millennium Project, a private/public foresight consultancy active in 50 nations. As well, I am an award-winning author with ten published novels translated into as many languages. I write, give talks, and conduct workshops on numerous topics related to the future, including:

  • Future of government
  • Bitcoin and digital currencies
  • The workplace in 2030
  • The Internet of Things
  • Augmented cognition

For a complete bio, go here. To contact me, email karl at kschroeder dot com

Example: The Future of Governance

I use Science Fiction to communicate the results of actual futures studies. Some of my recent research relates to how we'll govern ourselves in the future. I've worked with a few clients on this and published some results.

Here are two examples--and you can read the first for free:

The Canadian army commissioned me to write Crisis in Urlia, a fictionalized study of the future of military command-and-control. You can download a PDF of the book here:


Crisis in Urlia

For the "optimistic Science Fiction" anthology Hieroglyph, I wrote "Degrees of Freedom," set in Haida Gwaii. "Degrees of Freedom" is about an attempt to develop new governing systems by Canadian First Nations people.


I'm continuing to research this exciting area and would be happy to share my findings.

 
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    "Science fiction at its best."

    --Kim Stanley Robinson

    A Young Adult Scifi Saga

    "Lean and hugely engaging ... and highly recommended."

    --Open Letters Monthly, an Arts and Literature Review

    Sheer Fun: The Virga Series

    (Sun of Suns and Queen of Candesce are combined in Cities of the Air)


     “An adventure-filled tale of sword fights and naval battles... the real fun of this coming-of-age tale includes a pirate treasure hunt and grand scale naval invasions set in the cold, far reaches of space. ”
    Kirkus Reviews (listed in top 10 SF novels for 2006)

    "With Queen of Candesce, [Schroeder] has achieved a clockwork balance of deftly paced adventure and humour, set against an intriguing and unique vision of humanity's far future.
    --The Globe and Mail

    "[Pirate Sun] is fun in the same league as the best SF ever has had to offer, fully as exciting and full of cool science as work from the golden age of SF, but with characterization and plot layering equal to the scrutiny of critical appraisers."
    --SFRevu.com


    "...A rollicking good read... fun, bookish, and full of insane air battles"
    --io9.com


    "A grand flying-pirate-ship-chases-and-escapes-and-meetings-with-monsters adventure, and it ends not with a debate or a seminar but with a gigantic zero-gee battle around Candesce, a climactic unmasking and showdown, just desserts, and other satisfying stuff."
    --Locus