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Swancon 2008

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Australia's national convention this year

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When Mar 19, 2008 10:00 PM to
Mar 23, 2008 10:00 PM
Where All Seasons Perth, Western Australia
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Details at a Glance
What: Swancon 2008: State of the Art. The 2008 Australian national science fiction convention.
When: Easter 2008: March 20-24.
Where: All Seasons Perth, Robinson St Northbridge.
Price: Currently A$135 for full memberships, A$120 for concessions until the the week before the convention, after that memberships will only be available at the convention at door prices.
Supporting memberships are still A$40 and if you wish to upgrade them to full memberships will cost the difference between that and the current price.

Memberships are available from Fantastic Planet, White Dwarf and Tactics in the city. For other means of purchasing memberships, please contact our treasurer. Those paying by direct deposit are reminded that they will need to do so at least one week before the 'con so that our treasurer has time to peruse the bank statement.


Our guests include Ken MacLeod, Rob Shearman, Glenda Larke and Zara Baxter. Read more about them here. Due to work commitment, we regret that Paul Cornell is no longer attending the convention.


Nominations are now open for the Ditmar Awards!

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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