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Event Lockstep book launch (Bakka-Phoenix Bookstore, Toronto, from Mar 29, 2014 03:00 PM to Mar 29, 2014 05:00 PM)
Event Keep Toronto Reading: St. Lawrence Branch (, from Apr 30, 2013 07:00 PM to Apr 30, 2013 08:00 PM)
A reprise of my provocative 'speed-forecasting' exercise exploring in an interactive way, the future of data privacy and censorship in the 21st century.
Event Keep Toronto Reading: Pape branch (, from Apr 22, 2013 06:30 PM to Apr 22, 2013 08:00 PM)
A short talk and workshop based around the question of how fragile our knowledge is in a time when increasingly, we store everything--including books--online.
Event Keep Toronto Reading: Fahrenheit 451 - Parallels in the 21st Century (TPL Spainda Road branch, from Apr 18, 2013 06:30 PM to Apr 18, 2013 07:30 PM)
An hour-long discussion and exercise surrounding censorship, the Cloud, and the 'internet of things' taking place at the Spadina Road branch of the Toronto Public Libraries.
Event Fencon! (Dallas, from Sep 21, 2012 12:00 AM to Sep 23, 2012 12:00 AM)
FenCon IX will be held September 21-23, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza North Dallas/Galleria. (That's at 14315 Midway Road in the north Dallas suburb of Addison, Texas.)
Event 2012 Audies Gala and Awards Presentation (New-York Historical Society, from Jun 05, 2012 12:00 AM to Jun 05, 2012 12:00 AM)
Event Canvention Guest at SFCOntario 2 (, from Nov 18, 2011 12:00 AM to Nov 20, 2011 12:00 AM)
SFCOntario is back for its second year, and I'm the Canvention Guest!
Event Speaking at Applied Brilliance (Jackson Hole, WY, from Oct 11, 2011 12:00 AM to Oct 14, 2011 12:00 AM)
I'll be talking about the New Materialists (philosophy, not money) at this Jackson Hole event in October
Event Chiaroscuro Reading with Cory Doctorow (, from Mar 06, 2011 08:00 PM to Mar 06, 2011 11:00 PM)
Event Boskone 48 (, from Feb 18, 2011 12:00 AM to Feb 20, 2011 12:00 AM)
Event SFCOntario (Ramada Plaza, from Nov 19, 2010 12:00 AM to Nov 23, 2010 12:00 AM)
Toronto's newest Science Fiction Convention
Event Toronto SpecFic Colloquium (Music Room, Hart House, from Oct 23, 2010 09:00 AM to Oct 23, 2010 06:00 PM)
Canadian speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, and horror) has been recognized internationally for the calibre of its authors. At their best, these stories provide glimpses of alternate realities and possible futures and pasts that provoke an ethical, social, political, environmental and biological inquiry into what it means to be human. We will run ten 45-minute lectures from 10 AM - 8:00 PM. Our authors will be "off leash" so expect some some lively debate! From 8:00 PM until midnight, join us for a cash bar and author readings from our cabal of talented writers including special guest, Guy Gavriel Kay.
Event Jen Dodd interviews me (Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto, from Jul 20, 2010 06:30 PM to Jul 20, 2010 08:00 PM)
Event Polaris 24 (Richmond Hill, Ontario, from Jul 16, 2010 12:00 AM to Jul 18, 2010 12:00 AM)
Event Lecture & Discussion: Rewilding Humanity (Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto, from Jun 04, 2010 11:15 AM to Jun 04, 2010 12:00 PM)
I'll be talking about a new vision of humanity for a sustainable future, at the Subtle Technologies 2010 annual festival
Event On TVOntario's show "Our Voice" (, from May 24, 2010 06:00 PM to May 24, 2010 06:30 PM)
Airtime is 6:00 on Sunday, May 24. The show will also be available on the TVO website and on YouTube.
Event Workshop: Wrangling your Novel into Shape (Lillian H. Smith Branch Lower Level, from May 20, 2010 05:30 PM to May 20, 2010 08:15 PM)
This workshop deals with the process of creating science fiction, how writers can identify and correct their mistakes, when to rewrite and when to stop.
Event Demicon 21, Des Moines (Des Moines Holiday Inn, from May 14, 2010 12:00 AM to May 16, 2010 12:00 AM)
I will be Author Guest of Honour at this event
Event Penguicon 2010 (Troy Marriott, Troy Michigan, from Apr 30, 2010 12:00 AM to May 02, 2010 12:00 AM)
I'll be guest of honour at this event
Event Workshop: short story structure and plot (Lillian H. Smith Branch Lower Level, from Apr 15, 2010 05:30 PM to Apr 15, 2010 08:15 PM)
A Saturday afternoon workshop where you can learn how to identify and correct story weaknesses and sharpen your writing skills while writing short science fiction and fantasy stories.
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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."