Androids and Assets - The Complete Package

Androids and Assets - The Complete Package

The political economy of speculative fiction

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April 28, 2022 39 min

We are looking back on the 1989 classic How to Get Ahead in Advertising. For a deep dive on the intersection of psychology and commerce we are joined by Hugo nominated Blogger and long time friend of the show Olav.

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The TV show version of the Expanse ended months ago. Now get our expanded criticisms on the shows final season and our big picture takes the Expanse Franchise, and what we really think about Basic.

PS The show is entering a new phase, and we will only be doing one episode a month. So you will get one more episode on April and then monthly after that. We appreciate your patience.

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Marshall and Stephen are joined by the dynamic and entertaining John Scalzi to talk about his new book, The Kaiju Preservation Society.

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Marshall and Stephen are joined by returning guest Gautam Bhatia to talk about his recently released novel The Horizon.

Works Mentioned

Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

Planetary Mine by Martín Arboleda

Aurora Rising originally titled The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds

The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton

Echopraxia by Peter Watts

Economic Science Fictions edited by William Davies 

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The boys talk about Boba Fett and why the media discourse can’t stop talking about lords and ladies.

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The boys are back at it with Season 4 Episode 4 – Hippocratic Oath. Julian and Miles are stranded on a planet with Jem’Hadar and have the first big fight of their relationship. On the station, Worf is learning to adjust to his new role and butts heads with Odo.

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January 1, 2022 62 min

Taking a well worn path to the orchard of problematic Netflix content, the androids and assets team get angry as they lazily pluck the low hanging fruit that is American political discourse. Please enjoy this review of the 2021 sci-fi comedy Don’t Look Up.

Happy New Year… It probably won’t get worse.

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December 19, 2021 66 min

At long last we settle the question… Is DS9 Anime. Specialist and swell guys Tom and Jo Remind us that DS9 is great, that jobs suck, and we exaggerate the value of suffering.

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Marshall and Steve sit down with the brilliant and ever didactic Cat Rambo to discus their newest book You Sexy Thing. Out now.

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We are joined by SyFy Sistas, an incredible Star Trek podcast, to discuss Deep Space Nine’s second episode, “The Visitor”. It’s a heart wrenching episode and a great representation of family and black love.

Here is a link to the wonderful interview SyFy Sistas did with Cirroc Lofton.

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December 1, 2021 60 min

In order to review Netflix’s Inside Job, Stephen and Marshall must go back to the conspiracy that started it all.

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Season 4 has arrived and the Klingons are up to something. Marshall and Steve are reviewing Season 4 Episode 1, “The Way of the Warrior”.

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November 2, 2021 41 min

Stephen and Marshall get aggressive talking about the Hugo shortlisted short stories in part three of our three part series. Today we cover “The Mermaid Astronaut” by Yoon Ha Lee and “Little Free Library” by Naomi Kritzer.

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In honour of the completion of Season Three of Deep Space Nine. We are covering the space station’s guest appearance on the pilot episode of Star Trek Voyager – “Caretaker”. In this episode, Marshall and Steve talk about how Voyager contrasts with Deep Space Nine and how Voyager un-critically replicates problematic ideas in it’s quest for “fun” and “adventure”.

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October 19, 2021 42 min

Stephen and Marshall get excited talking about the Hugo short listed short stories in part two of our three part series. Today we cover “A Guide for Working Breeds” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad and “Metal Like Blood in the Dark” by T. Kingfisher 

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We finish of season 3 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine with “Facets” and “The Adversary”, two episodes about identity and belonging .

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October 8, 2021 56 min

The Androids and Assets team goes undercover as a spy thriller podcast to review Luc Besson’s 2019 thriller, Anna.

We’re pleased to be joined by Alex, President of the Edmonton chapter of the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians.

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October 3, 2021 37 min

Stephen and Marshall get serious talking about the Hugo short listed short stories in part one of our three part series. Today we cover “Open House on Haunted Hill” by John Wiswell and “Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse” by Rae Carson.

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An experimental episode where unpack a perfect trifecta of DS9 Season 3. We nerd out about weird stuff from elevator pricing, to Thor Heyerdahl, and our favorite theocracy the UK. Three times the episode. Three times the weirdness.

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September 13, 2021 80 min

We’re joined by the hosts of one of our favourite shows, Adventures in Ideology, to talk about the first Cyberquest story, The Pharaoh’s Tomb, by Sigmund Brouwer. It’s Christian propaganda with a thin veneer of science fiction. Like a single coat of science applied with a poor brush by an unskilled painter.

Please don’t read this book. Please forgive us for reading it.

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