Karl Schroeder is a professional futurist as well as a science fiction and fantasy writer, dividing his time between writing fiction and analyzing, conducting workshops and speaking on the potential impacts of science and technology on society. As the author of ten novels he’s been translated into French, German, Spanish, Russian and Japanese. In addition to his more traditional fiction, he pioneered a new mode of writing that blends fiction and rigorous futures research—his 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. Karl holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University in Toronto. As a boy Karl would stand in his back yard on -30 degree nights and watch the stars, imagining all the wonders he might see up there if those pesky northern lights weren’t in the way.