Biographical information


Karl Schroeder


I’m one of Canada’s most popular science fiction and fantasy authors with nine published novels to date, translated into as many languages. I divide my time between writing fiction and analyzing, conducting workshops and speaking on the future impact of science and technology on society. In addition to my more traditional fiction, I’ve pioneered a new mode of writing that blends fiction and rigorous futures research—my influential short novels Crisis in Zefra (2005) and Crisis in Urlia (2011) are innovative ‘scenario fictions’ commissioned by the Canadian army as study and research tools. I also have a Master’s degree Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University in Toronto.

Previous Works

Novels and Collections:

The Claus Effect
With David Nickle; published by Tesseract Books, fall 1997.

Tor books, December 2000. Ventus was declared a New York Times Notable book in 2001, and was short-listed for the Sunburst Award.

Tor Books, June 2002. Permanence won the 2003 Aurora Award for best Canadian SF novel.

Lady of Mazes
Tor Books, July 2005. Lady was chosen by the Sci Fi channel as its August, 2005 Sci Fi Essentials book.

The Engine of Recall
Red Deer Press, April 2005.

Crisis in Zefra, Directorate of Land Strategic Concepts, National Defense Canada; November 2005.

Sun of Suns
Tor Books, October 2006. Widely translated (into German, Spanish, Russian and Japanese so far), SoS was also nominated for the 2007 John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

Queen of Candesce
Tor Books, August 2007.

Pirate Sun
Tor Books, August 2008.

The Sunless Countries
Tor Books, August 2009.

Ashes of Candesce
February, 2012, Tor Books.

Forthcoming from Tor Books in Spring, 2014: Lockstep.


Best known for

Novels Ventus; Permanence; and Sun of Suns.

Futures work for clients such as the Canadian government and army, and companies such as Intel.


Science Fiction author and foresight analyst

Story Ideas and Burning Questions

Keenly interested in alternative scenarios of the future; for instance, I have developed the idea of the “technological maximum” as a different approach to the future than the “technological singularity.” Currently working on the idea that the single most important issue for humanity to tackle right now is governance.