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Karl Schroeder

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Events which have already happened.

Event Ad Astra (Crowne Plaza Hotel, from Apr 09, 2010 12:00 AM to Apr 11, 2010 12:00 AM)
Toronto's annual science fiction convention
Event Workshop: Integrating Idea and Story (Lillian H. Smith branch, lower level, from Mar 25, 2010 05:30 PM to Mar 25, 2010 08:15 PM)
Everyone has ideas for a story, but very few people actually get a story completely written. This workshop will assist aspiring science fiction writers by clarifying the process of developing the story from the idea.
Event Book Buzz at TPL (, from Mar 23, 2010 07:00 PM to Mar 23, 2010 08:00 PM)
An online chat session with me. Come out and participate!
Event Talk at Metro Reference Library (Metro Reference Library, from Mar 07, 2010 07:00 PM to Mar 07, 2010 08:30 PM)
Event Boskone 47 (Westin Waterfront Hotel, Boston MA, from Feb 12, 2010 12:00 AM to Feb 14, 2010 12:00 AM)
Boston's outstanding annual SF convention
Event Ashes of Candesce public reading (Toronto Reference, Library Beeton Auditorium, from Feb 06, 2010 07:00 PM to Feb 06, 2010 08:15 PM)
I'll be reading from my forthcoming science fiction novel Ashes of Candesce, fifth in the Virga series, and afterwards I can answer questions about writing and researching science fiction.
Event Meet the Author Tea (Beeton East Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library, from Feb 01, 2010 01:30 PM to Feb 01, 2010 04:00 PM)
I'll be meeting the public at a Meet the Author Tea at the Toronto Reference Library.
Event Karl Schroeder day at Author Central (Online at the Science Fiction Message Board, from Aug 26, 2009 12:00 AM to Aug 26, 2009 12:00 AM)
A day of discussions about my work. Which may amount to zero if nobody shows up at Author Central
Event Anticipation: Worldcon 2009 in Montreal (Palais de Congress de Montreal, from Aug 06, 2009 12:00 AM to Aug 10, 2009 12:00 AM)
Event Keynote Address, O'Reilly Open Source Conference 2009 (San Jose Convention Center, from Jul 24, 2009 09:30 AM to Jul 24, 2009 09:45 AM)
A 15 minute talk on "rewilding commerce" based on some of my current explorations in technology foresight
Event Science Foo Camp (Google Headquarters, from Jul 10, 2009 07:00 PM to Jul 12, 2009 12:00 AM)
200 or so invited guests discuss S&T frontiers at the Googleplex
Event READERS’ SERVICES COMMITTEE ANNUAL CONFERENCE (North York Public Library, from Jun 18, 2009 03:15 PM to Jun 18, 2009 04:30 PM)
Event SciBarCamp 2009 (, from May 08, 2009 07:00 PM to May 09, 2009 05:00 PM)
Event Minicon 44 (Sheraton Bloomington Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota, from Apr 10, 2009 12:20 PM to Apr 12, 2009 12:20 PM)
I'm Guest of Honour at this popular midwest convention
Event Ad Astra convention, Toronto (The Crowne Plaza hotel, from Mar 27, 2009 04:25 PM to Mar 29, 2009 04:25 PM)
Event Boskone 46 (Boston, MA, from Feb 13, 2009 12:30 PM to Feb 15, 2009 12:30 PM)
We'll be attending Boskone again this year!
Event Cryptic ConFusion (Troy Marriott, Detroit, MI, from Jan 23, 2009 12:35 PM to Jan 25, 2009 12:35 PM)
One of my favourite cons, and we'll be attending again this year!
Event Pirate Sun released (Everywhere, from Aug 05, 2008 12:00 AM to Aug 05, 2008 12:00 AM)
Book III of Virga, Pirate Sun, will hit the stores
Event Teaching at University of Toronto (University of Toronto, from Jul 07, 2008 12:00 PM to Jul 11, 2008 12:00 PM)
As part of the Continuing Education programme, I'll be spending a week doing intensive workshop work with some of the University's most promising new talents
Event Cafe Scientifique (Duke of York Pub, Toronto, from Jun 18, 2008 06:00 PM to Jun 18, 2008 08:00 PM)
The future of medicine
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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."

"...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."