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Chiaroscuro Reading with Cory Doctorow

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When Mar 06, 2011
from 08:00 pm to 11:00 pm
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Sunday March 6, 2011 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM 
152 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON  (map)

*Please note the time change from the afternoon to evening.

After her tenure in 1987 as writer-in-residence at the Merril Collection, Judith Merril founded the writing workshop that came to be known as the Cecil Street Irregulars. With Cory Doctorow in town, we're having something of a reunion...

Cory Doctorow, blogger, journalist, and world-renowned science fiction author, will be joining us on March 6th for a special reading. His latest book, For the Win, is centered around massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Other books include Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (Tor Books, 2003); Eastern Standard Tribe (Tor Books, 2004);Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (Tor Books, 2005); Little Brother(Tor Books, 2008 ); Makers (Tor Books, 2009). All of his books are available under a Creative Commons Licence.

Karl Schroeder divides his time between writing fiction and consulting--chiefly in the area of Foresight Studies and technology. His novels present far-future speculations on topics such as nanotechnology, terraforming, augmented reality and interstellar travel, and have a deeply philosophical streak. One of his concepts, known as thalience, has gained some currency in the artificial intelligence and computer networking communities.

David Nickle lives and works in Toronto, where he covers municipal matters for the Toronto Community News group of newspapers. His fiction has been published in magazines, anthologies and online, and been adapted for television. In 1997, he and Edo Van Belkom won a Bram Stoker Award for their short story "Rat Food." Some of his stories are collected inMonstrous Affections, published in 2009 by ChiZine Publications. Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism will be released by ChiZine Publications in spring 2011.

 

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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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