If you’re looking for some good science fiction writing, I recommend the works of Karl Schroeder, my friend and former co-worker (we worked together at OpenCola during “The Bubble”). Karl’s a technologist and a deep thinker, and it shows in his novels, which have that philosophical, “big ideas” bent that is the hallmark of the best sci-fi.
You can catch him tonight in a conversation with local “Science 2.0” figure Jen Dodd at the Centre for Social Innovation (215 Spadina Avenue, at the corner of Spadina and Sullivan – that’s between Dundas and Queen). The event is free, but tickets are limited, so sign up!
Here’s a description of tonight’s event:
TORONTO LIVE INTERVIEWS
Tuesday July 20, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Centre for Social Innovation, Room 120 (215 Spadina Ave)
Tickets are free, but please register as space is limited
Information and registration: http://guestlistapp.com/events/25203
Karl Schroeder is an award-winning science fiction author. He’s a world-builder able to convincingly juxtapose high and low tech. He goes beyond Arthur C Clarke’s idea that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" to understand the worldview, philosophy and economy of people living in these magical possible futures. In his work as a foresight consultant and environmental blogger, he flips these perspectives around to understand how we can make a future we want to live in.
Karl will be interviewed by Jen Dodd. Jen is a physicist, designer of public science events including SciBarCamp and Perimeter Institute’s Quantum to Cosmos Festival, and is now managing director of Subtle Technologies, Toronto’s annual festival of art and science.
Location instructions: on arriving at 215 Spadina, go through the Dark Horse cafe to the lobby, go up the stairs to the left of the elevator, and room 120 is through the glass doors straight ahead.