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Penguicon 2010

I'll be guest of honour at this event

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When Apr 30, 2010 12:00 AM to
May 02, 2010 12:00 AM
Where Troy Marriott, Troy Michigan
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"Penguicon is a convention with two major emphases: open source software and science fiction.  We also have tracks including the EcoGeek track, Gaming, Music, Media, Literature, webcomics, and panels on everything people can think of.  We make ice cream with liquid nitrogen and serve home-brewed OpenCola.  The attendees throw parties in their hotel rooms all night, so the fun never stops. Our website is at"


My schedule

Individual Worldbuilding vs. Shared Worldbuilding


How do authors create fully-realized worlds to write in? Even more challenging, how do authors create fully-realized worlds to write in together?

Saturday 11AM

Cherie Priest, Patrick Rothfuss, Karl Schroeder (m), Tobias S. Buckell

Author Reading

Saturday 1PM

Karl Schroeder, Mary A. Turzillo, Michael Z. Williamson

Science Foresight: Can SF truly predict where Science is Headed?

A TV show once said "This room would be four times larger without Star Trek." Does science fiction predict or drive science fact?

Saturday 4PM

Karl Schroeder (m), Geoffrey A. Landis, Mary A. Turzillo

Mass Autograph session

All our authors at the Con are pen-ready to sign your books!

Saturday 6PM

Mary Turzillo, Cherie Priest, Karl Schroeder, Tobias S. Buckell, Doselle Young, Patrick Rothfuss, Michael Z. Williamson, Sarah Monette, Mary Robinette Kowal

Post-scarcity Futures

The post-scarcity future seems to be replacing the post-nuclear holocaust in the SF novel. Will the trend continue? Is this future more plausible than the earlier post-disaster future? Is it a possible or inevitable future? How much do either have to say about the times in which each sort is written?

Saturday 8 PM

JD DeLuzio, Karl Schroeder, Geoffrey A. Landis (m)

NOBODY Understands Quantum Physics

Are we writing Sci-Fi in an age where most people can't understand the science? What is a particle accelerator anyway? Why use an ion drive instead of FTL? Do we "dumb down" the science or try to make the complex more accessible?

Sunday 12PM


Geoffrey A. Landis, Tobias S. Buckell, Mary A. Turzillo (m), Karl Schroeder

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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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"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."