The political economy of speculative fiction
Recorded on June 8, Star Wars correspondent and newly minted PHD Justin comes on the Pod to talk about the latest D+ Series Obi-Wan. We talk about how the Monarchy of Alderan works inside the Galactic Republic/Empire and our predictions for the last two episodes of the run.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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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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.
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 …
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
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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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.
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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