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I've made my first novel, Ventus, available as a free download, as well as excerpts from two of the Virga books.  I am looking forward to putting up a number of short stories in the near future.

Complete novel:  Ventus


To celebrate the August, 2007 publication of Queen of Candesce, I decided to re-release my first novel as an eBook. You can download it from this page. Ventus was first published by Tor Books in 2000, and and you can still buy it; to everyone who would just like to sample my work, I hope you enjoy this version.

I've released this book under a Creative Commons license, which means you can read it and distribute it freely, but not make derivative works or sell it.

Book Excerpts:  Sun of Suns and Pirate Sun

I've made large tracts of these two Virga books available.  If you want to find out what the Virga universe is all about, you can check it out here:

Major Foresight Project:  Crisis in Zefra

In spring 2005, the Directorate of Land Strategic Concepts of National Defense Canada (that is to say, the army) hired me to write a dramatized future military scenario.  The book-length work, Crisis in Zefra, was set in a mythical African city-state, about 20 years in the future, and concerned a group of Canadian peacekeepers who are trying to ready the city for its first democratic vote while fighting an insurgency.  The project ran to 27,000 words and was published by the army as a bound paperback book.

If you'd like to read Crisis in Zefra, you can download it in PDF form.

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Oct 22, 2008

Metatropolis is out!

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As I'm currently recovering from a little medical problem and have no energy to post at length these days, I'll let John Scalzi tell you all about it.  He does a much better job of it than I would, anyway.

Oct 13, 2008

Download first Metatropolis story for free

The story is Jay Lake's excellent "In the Forests of the Night"

You can try out Metatropolis, the shared world anthology from, before buying.  There's a sample from my own story, "To Hie from Far Cilenia", or if you want you can listen to Jay Lake's excellent story, "In the Forests of the Night" in its entirety.  

Audible and I have been collaborating on other projects as well.  In fact, you can now download the first three Virga books, unabridged, in audiobook format from Audible.  I've been having a rollicking good time listening to them myself--it's quite an experience when your own words come back to you through someone else's voice! 



Oct 09, 2008

Metatropolis is ready for pre-order

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If you order from now, you immediately get to download the first story, In the Forests of the Night by Jay Lake

Publication date for this shared-world project is October 21, but you can get a taste early by pre-ordering and receiving the first story immediately! Metatropolis

What's Metatropolis about?  It's about the near future of our cities--how they are going to evolve and mutate in the next quarter-century or so; and it's a series of stories about ordinary people caught up in--and helping cause--this transformation.

Here's the stories, and briefly, what they're about: 

In the Forests of the Night by Jay Lake

High in Oregon’s Cascades, a mysterious stranger named Tygre Tygre walks into the off-the-grid settlement known as Cascadiopolis and claims asylum. He is a man with no past and seemingly otherworldly abilities. Will he be the Cascadians’ salvation?

Stochasti-city by Tobias Buckell

OK, Reg. You’re a bouncer who’s barely eking out a meager existence in the decaying Wilds outside Detroit. So a little job tracking the Eddies on their patrols seems like easy money. Well, think again, Reg. Because a riot’s about to happen… and you’re going to be the cause…

The Red in the Sky is Our Blood by Elizabeth Bear

How does the stranger know Cadie’s real name – and why she’s on the run – and what it all has to do with the Ukrainian mob? He’s offering her freedom from possessions and a totally new way of life. But he wants just this one little favor…

Utere Nihil Non Extra Quiritationem Suis by John Scalzi

The only thing Benji lacks more than ambition is luck. And his new job has to be the lowest of the low. But something is stirring in the zero-footprint economy of New St. Louis. And Benji’s about to find himself chin deep in the muck!

To Hie from Far Cilenia by Karl Schroeder

Gennady’s an expert on nukes, so when the Interpol man hires him to track some stolen plutonium, it seems like business as usual. Except for this: all signs lead to – a place that doesn’t exist.

The Narrators

  • MICHAEL HOGAN (In the Forests of the Night) is best known as Col. Saul Tigh, the executive officer on the landmark SciFi Channel series, Battlestar Galactica. Among his other numerous roles are multi-episode appearances on such television series as The L Word and Monk.
  • In addition to his role as Lt. Felix Gaeta on Battlestar Galactica, ALESSANDRO JULIANI (Stochasti-city) has appeared in Stargate SG-1, Dark Angel, and other series.
  • KANDYSE McCLURE (The Red in the Sky is Our Blood) plays Officer Anastasia “Dee” Dualla on Battlestar Galactica, and has also appeared on such TV series as Smallville, Dark Angel, and Da Vinci’s Inquest.
  • SCOTT BRICK (Utere Nihil Non Extra Quiritationem Suis) is one of the most prolific and best-loved voices in the audiobook business, having narrated more than 400 titles. He’s been named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile Magazine, the leading industry publication. Sci-fi audio fans know him best for his 2008 Audie Award-winning work on Frank Herbert’s Dune.
  • STEFAN RUDNICKI (To Hie from Far Cilenia) has more than a thousand audiobooks to his credit as narrator, writer, producer, or director. He is best known to sci-fi audio fans for his voice work on Ender’s Game, and other titles in Orson Scott Card’s classic “Ender Wiggin” series.

We had tons of fun putting this project together.  I hope you have as much fun listening to it!

Sep 27, 2008

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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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    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."