Emissaries of Profits – The Alternate and Armageddon Game

The Alternate

Dr. Mora shows up on Deep Space Nine and tells Odo he may have found the planet Odo comes from. They visit the planet and Odo is poisoned with Freudian gas putting the station and Dr. Mora at great risk.

Armageddon Game

O’Brien and Bashir are working together to help an alien civilization destroy their stock of biogenic weapons of mass destruction. When things go wrong, the two Starfleet officers come together and learn a lot about each other.

The Lucy Zone

It’s the third anniversary of starting this podcast so we’re doing our third Luc Besson film. (You’re right, we started on a Luc Besson film and if we did one every anniversary this would be our fourth. You got us. We missed one.)

Lucy is a terrible movie; starting from a flawed premise and ending in a flawed conclusion. It’s also racist and misogynist. It gets all of the science wrong. It misunderstands human history. The bar doesn’t get much lower than this.

You Can’t Vote Against the Wall, In Conversation with Gautam Bhatia

Gautam Bhatia, author of The Wall, joins us to talk about his debut novel. The Wall is chock full of ideas and questions the role of law, the effects of strictly constrained resources, and how hierarchy interacts with democracy.

We mentioned our Bookshop; unfortunately, The Wall is not included in that database so you will have to ask your local bookseller to find it.

Other Works Mentioned

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

Chosen Spirits by Samit Basu

Analog/Virtual: and Other Simulations of Your Future by Lavanya Lakshminarayan

Mending Wall by Robert Frost

“Something of Freedom is Yet to Come”: The Entangled Histories of Science Fiction and Capitalism by Olav Rokne in Strange Horizons

And Now His Lordship is Laughing by Shiv Ramdas in Strange Horizons

Emissaries of Profits – Second Sight and Sanctuary ft. Laura

Laura samples Deep Space Nine for the first time to join us to discuss “Second Sight” and “Sanctuary”.

Second Sight

For the first time since the death of his wife, Sisko falls in love. However, his new interest is the psychic projection of a woman in trauma.

Sanctuary

A group of refugees from the Gamma Quadrant request permission to settle on Bajor as their long-prophesied land of destiny.

Links

Laura can be found on twitter @_saturnreturn and in a monthly series at The Progress Report.

ALAB Series An infrequent podcast series about the American legal system.

Emissaries of Profits — Necessary Evil ft. Don

Don of You Can’t Win Podcast joins us t o discuss collaborators, the nature of crime, and Rom’s wailing. Don also reminds us of important real world 1993 baseball context.

Policy Droid: Universal Basic Income

A Universal Basic Income is relatively common in science fiction, thanks in large part to the ubiquity of Star Trek. The idea that people don’t need to compete for basic needs might feel futuristic but there are ways we can, and should, make that happen today.

Emissaries of Profits — Rules of Acquisition

Quark is given the opportunity of the lifetime when Grand Nagus Zek asks him to negotiate a deal with a Gamma quadrant species. Zek keeps sabotaging the deal, though, and Quark learns he’s been working with a female. If he just sticks to the Rules of Acquisition, he’ll be fine.

Our outro music this week is from the_miracle_aligner.

Emissaries of Profits — Cardassians and Melora

Cardassians

Sisko settles a custody dispute of an orphaned Cardassian between his adoptive Bajoran parents and his biological father. Garak and Bashir work to uncover the machinations of Gul Dukat.

Melora

Bashir and O’Brien make adjustments to the station as a new crew member joins DS9. Melora battles discrimination, misplaced well meaning gestures, and inappropriate advances from her doctor.

Space Farce

Netflix’s Space Force is ostensibly a political satire created by Greg Daniels and Steve Carell. It attempts to poke fun at the American President and the wider political system that created Space Force.

We talk about why the show isn’t funny and, worse, is morally dangerous.