Top 14 Karl Schroeder Quotes

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“I have been doing technology foresight for a number of years now on the level of scenario design, primarily. I want to become more rigorous with research methodology and statistical methods. I want to shift from creating clever SF scenarios to being a professional forecaster able to make rigorous predictions.”

― Karl Schroeder

“Around 2005, the Canadian army tapped me to do a dramatization for a series of foresight workshops they’d done. They had stacks of papers and needed it boiled down to something simple enough for a 4-star general to understand. We decided to do it as a story. That’s how I created ‘Crisis in Zefra.’”

― Karl Schroeder

“My mother wrote a couple of romances when I was a kid, and I always saw books in our bookshelf with ‘Schroeder’ on the spine.”

― Karl Schroeder

“I intended to be famous by the time I was 16 and rich by the time I was 20. Curiously, it didn’t pan out!”

― Karl Schroeder

“The way I usually put it is that as an SF writer, I’m never required to be right.”

― Karl Schroeder

“There’s no possibility that foresight work will ruin my creativity. It goes to a different area than the creative wellspring of SF.”

― Karl Schroeder

“I thought of myself as an outsider in a lot of ways as I was growing up. Not in a bad way; more as an observer. I often find myself thinking as an observer of science fiction rather than as a participant.”

― Karl Schroeder

“Starting on February 1, 2010, and running through until May 30, I will be Toronto Public Library’s Writer in Residence, working out of the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Speculation at the Lillian H. Smith branch at College and Spadina.”

― Karl Schroeder

“Andy Clark refers to humans as ‘natural-born cyborgs.’ What he means is that we habitually extend and change our body-concept without even thinking twice about it.”

― Karl Schroeder

“Andy Clark has several books you can find on Amazon, including ‘Natural Born Cyborgs’ and ‘Being There.’ I particularly recommend ‘Being There’ to anybody who still thinks the Cartesian separation of mind and body should be taken seriously.”

― Karl Schroeder

“I remember the moon landings, and Apollo was the paradigm by which all progress was measured at that time. And I knew that creating a true space-faring civilization was both possible and practical. What I failed to realize was that the effort would fail due to bureaucratic inertia and political apathy.”

― Karl Schroeder

“Maybe it’s because I look into the future professionally, but I see great possibilities for both humanity and our planet. I don’t believe the thriving of one has to come at the expense of the other, and I’m deeply concerned to find out whether other people do think that.”

― Karl Schroeder

“If I want to speculate wildly about the future, I have my science fiction. Anybody who tells you they can predict the future is either crazy or lying.”

― Karl Schroeder

“The one thing we know about the future is that it will not be like today. I don’t think that people should be too anxious about not knowing what they are going to do in the future, because we really can’t know.”

― Karl Schroeder
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