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Karl Schroeder

11 Podcast Episodes

Latest 3 Dec 2022 | Updated Daily

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Karl Schroeder: Preparing for the future, with stories

Foreward: How stories drive change

"By telling a story, you put in motion this vast sort of undercurrent of cognitive abilities that we all have for determining what's plausible. What's likely? What would play against what else? And there's nothing quite like narrative for doing that."---Leaders and organizations live and die by their ability to plan for and navigate the future. While tools such as data and analytics have a key role to play, the most powerful way to explore and shape the future is through the lens of story. Nobody knows that better than award-winning science fiction author and futurist Karl Schroeder. Over the last 40 years, Karl's helped organizations from the Canadian military to Intel use tools like strategic foresight, prototyping, and design fiction to anticipate and prepare for the unknown, through his creative and consulting practice with the Human Futures Studio.In this episode, Karl shares crystal clear insights about why it's so hard to plan for the future, how tools like strategic foresight can "innoculate us" against surprise, and how we might use future stories like his latest novel Stealing Worlds as thinking tools to tackle global issues like the climate crisis.He also shares recommendations for three fantastic books, for those who want to learn more.The Origin of Stories by Brian BoydDynamics in Action: Intentional Behavior as a Complex System by Alicia JuarreroScience Fiction Prototyping by Brian David Johnson.While it's true that we can't predict the future, we can prepare for it. Storytelling is one skill we all have that we can use to understand future trends and develop responses to potential scenarios. Don't miss this episode to learn more about how you can become a better leader, for good. 

32mins

7 Jan 2022

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TFTB Ep.12: A Conversation with Karl Schroeder

Tales From The Bridge: All Things Sci-Fi

In this episode, Kevin, Marty, and Tristan sit down with science fiction author and futurist, Karl Schroeder. We discuss science fiction influences and current reads. In his latest novel Stealing Worlds, Karl creates an ambitious "near-future cyberpunk thriller about economic revolutionaries, surveillance capitalism, augmented-reality live-action role-playing, and burglary".  He also lets us know why Star Wars and Star Trek both suck.You can always find more episodes on our website, you can also find us on Twitter and Facebook to see what is happening on The Bridge. You can even send us an email and explain why you think Jar Jar Binks was a Sith Lord at talesfromthebridgepodcast@gmail.comTwitter: @BridgeTalesInstagram: @talesfromthebridgeFacebook: www.facebook.com/groups/talesfromthebridge/Website: https://talesfromthebridge.buzzsprout.com/Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/141864356-talesfrom-thebridgeEmail: talesfromthebridgepodcast@gmail.com#talesfromthebridge, #sciencefiction, #scifibookclub, #TFTB, #stealingworlds, #karlschroeder, #startreksucks?

1hr 24mins

15 Sep 2021

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Futurist Karl Schroeder on Foresight and Strangemaking COVID19

Singularity.FM

Karl Schroeder is not only a great science fiction writer but also a professional futurist who has mastered both the art and science. I invited Schroeder back on my podcast for a brief discussion of foresight in the context of the on-going COVID19 global pandemic. If you have not seen our previous 2 interviews you can […]

1hr 8mins

23 May 2020

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Canadian SF Author Karl Schroeder: We’re living in a moment of creative possibility

Singularity.FM

People often ask me about my most favorite interview I have ever done. And my usual reply is that interviews are like children, even if we have our favorites it is not wise to express that outwardly because all kinds of problems will follow. And yet, after having published nearly 250 episodes of my podcast, […]

1hr 48mins

25 Mar 2020

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Karl Schroeder, "Stealing Worlds" (Tor Books, 2019)

New Books in Science Fiction

To catch the people who killed her environmentalist father, the main character of Karl Schroeder’s Stealing Worlds (Tor Books, 2019) disappears into a virtual world of overlapping LARPs—live action role-playing games. But Sura Neelin soon discovers that the LARPs are more than games. They’re also an underground economy that meets players’ needs for food, shelter, services and everything else the non-virtual world also provides.Among the concepts she encounters is the idea that software can provide inanimate objects with self-sovereignty, allowing them to take charge of their own destinies. Sura discovers that self-sovereignty can apply to things like a river or a forest, giving them the ability to advocate for their own health and well-being—essentially putting them on an equal footing with humans who might try to exploit them.For Schroeder, who is both a writer and professional futurist, science fiction can be both entertainment and a laboratory to explore ideas like self-sovereignty. He’s been hired by governments and companies to write fictional scenarios to test the implications of new concepts and technologies. “What stories allow you to do is bring together immense numbers of different ideas and get them all spinning and interacting at the same time without people losing track of what’s going on,” he says in his New Books interview. “You can pile immense amounts of complexity into a narrative and people will understand it intuitively and seamlessly in a way that they will not understand a 400-page report.”Rob Wolf is the host of New Books in Science Fiction and the author of The Alternate Universe and The Escape. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/science-fiction

45mins

27 Feb 2020

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Karl Schroeder, "Stealing Worlds" (Tor Books, 2019)

New Books in Literature

To catch the people who killed her environmentalist father, the main character of Karl Schroeder’s Stealing Worlds (Tor Books, 2019) disappears into a virtual world of overlapping LARPs—live action role-playing games. But Sura Neelin soon discovers that the LARPs are more than games. They’re also an underground economy that meets players’ needs for food, shelter, services and everything else the non-virtual world also provides.Among the concepts she encounters is the idea that software can provide inanimate objects with self-sovereignty, allowing them to take charge of their own destinies. Sura discovers that self-sovereignty can apply to things like a river or a forest, giving them the ability to advocate for their own health and well-being—essentially putting them on an equal footing with humans who might try to exploit them.For Schroeder, who is both a writer and professional futurist, science fiction can be both entertainment and a laboratory to explore ideas like self-sovereignty. He’s been hired by governments and companies to write fictional scenarios to test the implications of new concepts and technologies. “What stories allow you to do is bring together immense numbers of different ideas and get them all spinning and interacting at the same time without people losing track of what’s going on,” he says in his New Books interview. “You can pile immense amounts of complexity into a narrative and people will understand it intuitively and seamlessly in a way that they will not understand a 400-page report.”Rob Wolf is the host of New Books in Science Fiction and the author of The Alternate Universe and The Escape. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/literature

45mins

27 Feb 2020

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In Conversation with Karl Schroeder

Androids and Assets - The Complete Package

In early October Androids and Assets had the pleasure of speaking with author, Karl Schroeder. Karl is the author of many books and short stories. The most recent is Stealing Worlds an excellent near-future novel full of incredible ideas and a fun action-y, mystery-ish story. It’s available from Tor Books and is well worth reading. We spoke to Karl about economics and capitalism and the future. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Tweet The post In Conversation with Karl Schroeder appeared first on Androids and Assets.

52mins

14 Nov 2019

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Laika's Ghost by Karl Schroeder (audio)

Clarkesworld Magazine

Our ninth podcast for January is “Laika’s Ghost” written by Karl Schroeder and read by Alasdair Stuart. Originally published in Engineering Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan.

1hr 5mins

31 Jan 2015

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106. Author and Futurist Karl Schroeder / Ender's Game and Philosophy

Geek's Guide to the Galaxy - A Science Fiction Podcast

Guest Geeks: D.E. Wittkower, Ashley Shew

1hr 58mins

29 Mar 2014

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StarShipSofa No 290 Tobias Buckell and Karl Schroeder

StarShipSofa

Coming up…Promo: SofaCONMain Fiction: “Mitigation” by Tobias Buckell & Karl SchroederPromo: Tales To Terrify Stoker AwardsNarrator: Mike BorisSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/starshipsofa. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 9mins

21 May 2013

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