Jan 12, 2017
Boston in February. Yet I keep coming back...
Once again I'll be attending Boskone, which in 2017 is happening from February 17 to the 19th. I'll be around from Friday to Sunday, but my main programming is concentrated on the last two days.
The following schedule is subject to change, but it should give you an idea of where I'll be and when:
Saturday 13:00 - 14:00, Marina 3 (Westin)
The first computers took up rooms and had languages invented so we could “talk” to them. We now can control mobile phones through hand gestures. Will the next phase be a direct human-computer connection? Will virtual or augmented reality become common in our daily lives? Might we lose ourselves within our technology?
Great Cities of SF/F/H
Saturday 15:00 - 16:00, Marina 3 (Westin)
On Mercury, Kim Stanley Robinson’s Terminator moves on giant tracks to stay ahead of dawn. Fran Wilde’s unnamed urb spears its towers of living bone far above the clouds. China Mieville’s Armada is basically a big bunch of pirate houseboats. What’s your favorite skiffy metropolis? By 2045, 6 billion people may live in cities here on Earth. What will that be like?
Autographing: Linda Addison, Ken Altabef, David McDonald, Karl Schroeder
Saturday 16:00 - 17:00, Galleria-Autographing (Westin)
Reading by Karl Schroeder
Sunday 10:30 - 11:00, Reading - Griffin (Westin)
Kaffeeklatsch: Karl Schroeder
Sunday 11:00 - 12:00, Harbor I-Kaffeeklatsch 2 (Westin)
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.
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.
Mar 21, 2014
Saturday, March 29 at 3, at Bakka Books here in Toronto
Fresh out of a dentist's appointment, I will be launching Lockstep at Bakka-Phoenix Books on Saturday, March 29 at 3:00. There'll be entertainment (me), copies of Lockstep to be signed and book-related ideas to be explained, and other novels to be bought (hint: we'll be breaking into the vault to offer some out-of-print hardcover editions of novels like Ventus and Permanence).
If you're really lucky you'll get to hear me do a reading with my mouth still frozen from the dentist. Major fun!
You can get to or contact Bakka-Phoenix here:
84 Harbord St., Toronto, Ontario M5S 1G5
Aug 17, 2013
It's a busy one, though I'll only be there for Saturday and Sunday
Keeping in the spirit of dumping all kinds of news at once, here's my schedule for the 2013 World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio, Texas, which is taking place over the Labour Day weekend. It's a whirlwind visit as I need to get back to Toronto to continue futuring for my new employer, Idea Couture. Luckily, I've got lots going on. If I'm lucky, I'll even get there early enough Friday night to take over the bathtub bar at the Tor party. We'll see. Meanwhile, here's my itinerary:
Reading: Karl Schroeder
Saturday 10:00 - 11:00
Ellen Datlow, Josh Rountree, Karl Schroeder, Lynne M. Thomas
Saturday 12:00 - 13:00
Ellen Datlow , Lynne M. Thomas , Josh Rountree , Karl Schroeder
Reality: Your Relationship to the World
Saturday 15:00 - 16:00
Google Glasses, augmented reality, kinetic gaming, tactile transmission systems. These and other new technologies are on the horizon to transmogrify sense and sensation. Google glasses are the first step to putting an overlay on the reality we see. This opens the door to hiding the ugly and changing what we see. When we do this socially it leads to possible consensual reality as in the works of Vinge, Schroeder and others. What will such capability mean in reality? Has science fiction explored the societal consequences?
Edie Stern (M), Yasser Bahjatt , Walter Jon Williams , Ben Bova , Karl Schroeder
Nancy Kress, Edward M. Lerner, Karl Schroeder
Saturday 17:00 - 18:00
Edward M. Lerner , Nancy Kress , Karl Schroeder
Sunday 10:00 - 13:00
We will do a quick analysis of the future, with the end product being four scenarios that highlight different possibilities. Come take your work to the future!
Have We Lost
Sunday 14:00 - 15:00
Where science fiction once looked to the future as the setting for speculation, nowadays the focus seems to be on alternate pasts, fantasy worlds, or consciously "retro" futures. We're no longer showing the way to what things might be like. We discuss whether this is connected to the general fear of decline and decay in the English-language world -- or has science fiction simply run out of ideas?
Karen Burnham (M), Brenda Cooper , Karl Schroeder , Willie Siros , Derek Kunsken
As You Know,
Sunday 15:00 - 16:00
Exposition is never easy. How can writers communicate the details of a setting, magical system or incredible scientific breakthrough without losing half their audience? What makes a readers eyes glaze over and how do you avoid it?
Michelle Sagara (M) , Tanya Huff , Karl Schroeder , Jack McDevitt , Walter Jon Williams
Without a Universal Translator
Sunday 17:00 - 18:00
How do we establish a common conceptual base to communicate with another species? Sure, we have numbers and the hydrogen atom in common, but how far would that get us in a world of beings who share none of our sensory apparatus?
Lawrence M. Schoen (M) , Paige E. Ewing , Karl Schroeder
By the way, if you want to plan your days, the entire schedule is or will shortly be online at http://www.lonestarcon3.org/guests/appearing.shtml.
That's it. See you all there!
Jul 14, 2010
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!