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A conversation with author Louis Evans, in which we discuss his recent short story Flash Crash, published by the good people at Escape Pod. We talk commerce, nuclear war, and the nature of value. If you want to read/hear Flash Crash follow this link: https://escapepod.org/2019/06/06/escape-pod-683-flash-crash/ In this interview Louis Recomends the following texts: Fondly Fahrenheit …

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March 21, 2020 32 min

In this weeks episode the androids and assets team revisits Deep Space Nine Se. 1 Ep. 14 Progress, in which Kira find herself on the “other side” and Nog cuts his teeth in the Yamok Sauce biz. Politics and comerce abound, so buckel up for a wild ride.

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March 11, 2020 35 min

Amid a lively public discourse on the Covid 19 Virus the androids and assets team sits down to talk out depictions of disease and crisis in Science Fiction, and how different fictional depictions of illness shape our reactions. The pair find that collective action is the best defense against sickness and disease. Recommended content: Station …

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February 26, 2020 38 min

Commander Sisko “negotiates” a disupte between rival Bajoran nations and Chief O’Brien is reluctantly adopted as spiritual leader by a Bajoran village that annually follows the “Storyteller” to fight a demon of the town’s collective fears.

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A conversation with author Nino Cipri about their new novella, FINNA. We talk about labour, unions, and love. FINNA is on sale Feb 25 and we can’t recommend it highly enough. Nino on Twitter Nino’s newsletter, Cool Story, Bro Nino’s author photo, the image at the top of this post, is by Korbin Jones. Works …

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Vortex Odo gets seduced by one of Quark’s criminal conspirators and helps them to escape an unjust fate. Battle Lines Kai Opaka is killed when a runabout carrying Sisko, Kira, and Bashir crashes on a penal moon. The prisoners are forced to fight a never ending war propped up by nanite resurrection technology.

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February 3, 2020 60 min

The Rise of Skywalker has completed the Star Wars sequel trilogy and we are finally ready to share our thoughts with you. We discuss the most recent installment in the Star Wars franchise with our good friend, Justin (you might know him from his previous appearance). The movie, while it looks and feels traditionally Star …

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January 29, 2020 45 min

We talk about Death’s End the 2010 novel from Cixin Liu. Translated into English in 2016 by Ken Liu, it was short-listed for the Hugo Award for Best Novel and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. This is a big book with lots of big ideas. It excels where it thinks …

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We were excited to have Cory Doctorow as a guest. We spoke with Cory in mid-December about his recent collection, Radicalized, and his 2017 novel, Walkaway. We discuss the role of economics in science fiction and the opportunity for science fiction to present scenarios for a sustainable future. 

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November 14, 2019 52 min

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. …

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October 21, 2019 60 min

This week we’re joined by local comedian, Mav. We talk about Mav’s recent show Last Days on Krypton. A comedy based around the climate crisis and collective action as the only real, lasting solution to this crisis. Mav talks about committing a Green 9/11, which we understand to be the collective uprising of working people …

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October 3, 2019 27 min

The Androids and Assets team brings its ruthless analytic rigor to DS9 Ep. 10 Se. 1 The Nagus. In which we fail to deliver on last episodes promise of Princes Bride jokes and Stephen comes up with some extremely non-real and 100% fictional examples of international development…. So hold on to your lobes as we …

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September 27, 2019 9 min

A brief conversation with Anne Charnock at Dublin 2019. Our previous briefs with V.E Schwab and Kate Sheehy can be found here and here.

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September 25, 2019 15 min

A brief conversation with Kate Sheehy, a panelist at Dublin 2019. Our previous brief with V.E. Schwab is available here. The next brief will be posted on Friday.

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September 23, 2019 4 min

A short, between-session conversation with Victora “V.E.” Schwab at Dublin 2019. The second and third WorldCon briefs will be posted on Wednesday and Friday.

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September 17, 2019 33 min

Q:What kind of a game do space-time folding beings from the gamma quadrant play? A: Hasbro’s Sorry! Join us as we talk casinos and garment production in our deep dive of Move Along Home S:1 Ep:10 of Deep Space 9.

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August 27, 2019 19 min

We did a couple of short, hot takes. Or at least lukewarm takes. We were going to do one on Black Panther and then remembered we did an entire episode on it. Tell us we’re wrong, we dare you. Tell us your hot takes. We can fight about it.

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The nature of Trill symbiosis is explored when a Klaestron commando legal team tries to kidnap Jadzia Dax for alleged treason committed by Curzon, the prior Dax host.  & The master Kobliad criminal-scientist Rao Vantika is presumed dead after an inmate transport fire, but his wily pursuer Ty Kajada is not so sure. 

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August 6, 2019 45 min

We talk with Rick Harp, host of Media Indigena, about indigenous cultures, particularly those in the place now called Canada, the Hugo Awards, colonialism, The Walking Dead, and economic development of indigenous peoples the world over. This podcast was recorded some time ago. We apologize if any of the information it contains is out-of-date. Errata …

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July 29, 2019 44 min

Our guest this week is Olav Rokne of the Hugo Book Club to talk about unions and organized labour, or rather the lack of it, in science fiction. While representation of unions in science fiction is pretty unusual, it’s moved from anti-union hostility to more of a benign neglect. See our show notes for more …

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