Karl Schroeder

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Karl Schroeder
Born (1962-09-04) September 4, 1962 (age 61)
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
OccupationAuthor, technology consultant
GenreScience fiction
Notable worksVentus, Permanence

Karl Schroeder (/ˈʃrdər/) (born September 4, 1962) is a Canadian science fiction author and a professional futurist. His novels present far-future speculations on topics such as nanotechnology, terraforming, augmented reality, and interstellar travel, and are deeply philosophical. More recently he also focuses on near-future topics.[1] Several of his short stories feature the character Gennady Malianov.


Schroeder was born in a Mennonite family in Brandon, Manitoba. In 1986 he moved to Toronto, where he now lives with his wife Janice Beitel and daughter.[1] After publishing a dozen short stories, Schroeder published his first novel, Ventus, in 2000. A prequel to Ventus, Lady of Mazes, was published in 2005. He has published seven more novels and is co-author (with Cory Doctorow) of the self-help book The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Science Fiction. Schroeder currently writes, consults in the area of futures studies.[2]

In October, 2011, Karl Schroeder was awarded a Master of Design degree in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[1]


  • 1982. Pierian Spring Best Story award for The Great Worm.
  • 1989. Context '89 fiction contest winner for The Cold Convergence.
  • 1993. Prix Aurora Award for Best Short Work in English for The Toy Mill.
  • 2001. New York Times Notable book for Ventus.
  • 2003. Prix Aurora Award for best Canadian SF novel for Permanence.
  • 2006/2007: Sun of Suns: Kirkus Best Book of 2006,[3] 2007 Aurora finalist,[4] 2007 nomination for the John W. Campbell Memorial award [4]
  • 2012. Audie Award for best Original Work for METAtropolis: Cascadia, a shared-world audiobook anthology in which Schroeder's contribution was the short story Deodand.

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • The Claus Effect (with David Nickle). (Tesseract Books, 1997) ISBN 978-1-895836-35-6
  • Permanence (Tor Books, 2002.) ISBN 0-7653-0371-X
  • Crisis in Zefra (Directorate of Land Strategic Concepts, National Defence Canada; 2005.) ISBN 978-0-662-40643-3
  • Lockstep (Tor Books, 2014.) ISBN 978-0-7653-3726-9




  1. ^ a b c "About Me", at the Karl Schroeder official website
  2. ^ Karl Schroeder official website, accessed September, 2008.
  3. ^ Sun of Suns in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  4. ^ a b 2007 Award Winners & Nominees

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