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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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A guide to my short-lived blog about cognitive science and science fiction


  • My novel Lockstep won the 2014 Aurora Award for Best Long Work, English (novel).
  • The novella "To Hie from Far Cilenia" was nominated as part of Metatropolis for the 2009 Hugo Award under the category Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form.
  • Permanence won the 2003 Aurora Award for Best Long Work, English (novel). The Aurora Award is Canada's top award for SF and Fantasy; it is voted for by the general public.
  • Two of my novels, Ventus and Permanence have been short-listed for the Sunburst Award. Sun of Suns was short-listed for both the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice award for 2007.  Both Permanence and Sun of Suns narrowly missed appearing on the Hugo Awards ballot (dang!).  Sun of Suns needed only six more nominations to be on the ballot.
  • "The Cold Convergence" (then titled "Live Wire") won the Context '89 Short Story contest. Jurors included Charles de Lint.
  • "The Toy Mill" won the 1993 Aurora award for best short work in English, at the 1993 Aurora awards ceremony, Wolfville Nova Scotia, Sunday March 14, 1993. The story "Hopscotch" was also nominated in this category.


  • Since 1998, numerous appearances on the Canadian Space Channel's Shelf Space, a regular spot that appears between regularly scheduled programs.
  • The Space channel did a special on the making of the televised version of Frank Herbert's Dune. In my part of the special I talk about how Herbert's novel was one of the first in SF to use the ideas of the then-new science of ecology.
  • CBC National Magazine Interview: I was interviewed by Hannah Gartner for the national news program Magazine on Christmas Eve, 1996. The subject of the interview was futurism and prediction. The other interviewee was consultant and futurist Frank Ogden. The interview was eight minutes long, and served to end a half-hour special program on Canada in 30 years.
  • I was interviewed by Magic 100, an Ottawa radio station on July 8, 1997 regarding the Mars Pathfinder mission.
  • Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic: Magic In Literature, Discovery Channel series, 1998 (Wilson Coneybear, producer). I was extensively interviewed for this episode of the popular series; its most recent airing on Canadian TV was August 5, 2002.

    Other known Canadian air dates: June 9, 1999; June 12, 1999; June 13, 1999.

Editorial Work

  • Co-editor of Communique, the official publication of SF Canada, 1991.
  • Guest editor for the Hard SF issue of On Spec, spring 1994.


  • George Brown College Writing SF & Fantasy, ELS 9390 (continuing education), Spring, 1992-Fall 1994.
  • World Science Fiction Convention Annual Writer's Workshop, San Jose, August 30-Sept. 2 2002.

Service to the Writing Community

  • Founding member, SF Canada. Vice-president 1994-95; President, 1996-97.
  • Since 1988, I have hosted dozens of writing retreats and workshops for new and established writers in SF, fantasy and horror. The main venue for the retreats has been Hart House Farm, a 200 acre estate in the beautiful rolling countryside of the Caledon Hills in Ontario.
  • Pioneered use of the Internet to bring SF writers together in a growing on-line community. In 1992 I created the SF Canada listserver, which unites members of this organization worldwide.
  • Created listservers for alumni of Clarion (the US national SF writer's workshop) and the francophone SF community.
  • In spring 1995 I created the SF Canada web site as a central clearing house for information on Canadian SF, and as a home for members' web pages, maintained for them as an SF Canada service free of cost.

Professional Affiliations

  • Elected president of SF Canada on July 21, 1996 at the organization's annual general meeting, held at ConVersion XIII in Calgary. I had previously been elected vice president at the Ad Astra 12 Science Fiction convention in April, 1993.
  • Founding Member, SF Canada
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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)

 β€œAn 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. ”
β€”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."

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

"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."