Author Karl Schroeder Is Here To Talk To You About Lockstep

In October, the io9 book club read Karl Schroeder's Lockstep. Today, from 11 A.M. - noon (Pacific time), he'll be here to answer your questions about building a fictional space empire, imagining distant futures, and anything else you want to know. » 11/06/14 10:10am 11/06/14 10:10am

io9 Book Club Is In Session! Let's Talk About Karl Schroeder's Lockstep

Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. In October, we read Lockstep, by Karl Schroeder. Jump into comments to get started talking about it! » 10/28/14 12:30pm 10/28/14 12:30pm

The Worldbuilding in Lockstep Is So Good It Will Make You Giddy

Every now and then I encounter a book that utterly thrills me, and Karl Schroeder's new novel Lockstep is one of them. It's about a young loner, battling an oppressive corporate regime that controls space by controlling how people experience time. And the lockstep is the key to it all. » 6/10/14 4:48pm 6/10/14 4:48pm

These Are The Surprising Jobs You'll Be Doing By The 2030s

As our technological and sociological realities change, so too do our jobs. But just what, exactly, will we be doing 15 years from now? Here are some completely unexpected jobs you've almost certainly never heard of—but likely will soon. » 5/16/14 8:00am 5/16/14 8:00am

Can Galactic Empires Exist Without Faster-Than-Light Travel?

My newest science fiction novel, Lockstep, was recently serialized in Analog magazine. Reactions have been pretty favourable — except that I've managed to offend a small but vocal group of readers. They're outraged that I've written an SF story in which faster than light travel is impossible. » 3/31/14 4:00pm 3/31/14 4:00pm

One of last year's coolest anthologies gets a sequel

Metatropolis thrilled us with its near-future shared world and its daring take on urban decay and reinvention. So we're psyched that a second volume is coming out — focusing exclusively on one of the most memorable settings in the first book, the reborn Pacific Northwest known as Cascadia. Edited by Jay Lake, whose… » 10/06/10 2:30pm 10/06/10 2:30pm

Why The iPad Is Crap Futurism

The real question about Apple's new multitouch pseudo-computer, dubbed the iPad, is not whether it sucks or rocks. What all of us really want to know is whether it will change the future. The answer? Yes, but badly. » 1/28/10 4:47pm 1/28/10 4:47pm

Karl Schroeder Talks About Futurism vs. Science Fiction

Science fiction writer Karl Schroeder, author of The Sunless Countries (reviewed here), is earning his masters degree in "strategic foresight," or futurism, at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He told us about how futurism is influencing his work. » 10/15/09 3:22pm 10/15/09 3:22pm

Crowdsourcing Leads to Madness In "The Sunless Countries"

Karl Schroeder, author of Pirate Sun, is a master at writing crazy, swashbuckling adventures in strange worlds - then making you think. His latest, The Sunless Countries, balances breathtaking worldbuilding with an intriguing critique of "the wisdom of crowds." » 10/07/09 1:54pm 10/07/09 1:54pm

Metatropolis Is The Best Kind Of Urban Renewal

The futuristic city is often a supporting character in science fiction, but these urban visions rarely feel like places you could live in. So Metatropolis, a new anthology of city tales, is a nice surprise. » 3/13/09 4:42pm 3/13/09 4:42pm

Dream-Eaters and Three-Sexed Aliens in the Five Greatest World-Building…

What would weather be like if you lived in a planet-sized bag of oxygen? What would reproduction be like if there were a third sex who combined the genetic material of two other sexes by linking them at the neurological level and giving them braingasms? What would scientific progress be like in an anarchist-feminist… » 11/13/07 9:00am 11/13/07 9:00am