China Mountain Zhang

We have another incredible podcast crossover event. Adrian of Spectology joins us to talk about China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh. This is a beautiful and touching novel and, despite being written nearly thirty years ago, it still feels very relevant. We’re very glad we read it.

This post is much later than it should be. Apologies to Adrian and to our listeners. Some references to then current events might feel dated.

Other Works Mentioned

Never Let Me Go — Kazuo Ishiguro

The Waste Tide — Stanley Qiufan Chen

The Paper Menagerie — Ken Liu

Mission Child — Maureen McHugh

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Op-Eds From the Future

Op-Eds From the Future is a fantastic initiative from the New York Times. Edited by Susan Fowler, these Op-Eds are science fictional writing imagining an op-ed we might see in the near or far future. Some great writers have already contributed and we hope more do.

We picked four op-eds and talk about them in this episode. Some are good and some are less good.

Roleplaying for everyone: In Conversation with James D’Amato

We’re lucky to be joined by James D’Amato of the One Shot Podcast Network. We talk about his show Skyjacks and about role-playing more widely.

James D'Amato, our guest

Games Mentioned

Flying Circus by Erika Chappell – Available on DriveThruRPG or itch

Honey Heist by Grant Howitt – Available free on itch

Star Crossed by Alex Roberts – Available on DriveThruRPG or itch

For the Queen by Alex Roberts – Available on Roll20

Related Content

I Need Diverse Games was referenced as a great group making games better and more inclusive for everyone.

James also has some books. They’ll help you play a better RPG. You probably like them, you just may not know it yet. You can find them here.

Emissaries of Profits – If Wishes Were Horses

It’s harder to decide what’s more incredible: little Molly O’Brien’s storybook Rumpelstiltskin coming to life or Jadzia Dax as a sex kitten. When the crew’s fantasy come to life, anything could happen.

Emissaries of Profits – The Storyteller

The cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

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.

Not Lovers but Comrades, In Conversation with Nino Cipri

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 and Authors Mentioned

Sarah Pinsker, Twitter A Song for a New Day

Annalee Newitz, Twitter

Charlie Jane Anders, Twitter

Our Opinions Are Correct, the podcast hosted by Annalee and Charlie Jane.

Meow Wolf House of Eternal Return – If we’re ever in Santa Fe, this is on the to-do list.

The Expanse, Twitter

Hannah Abigail Clarke, TwitterScapegracers

Tana FrenchThe Witch Elm

Emissaries of Profits – Vortex and Battle Lines

The cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

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.

The Fandom Menace

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 Wars, suffers from a serious lack of imagination. JJ Abrams spends more time providing fan-service than a satisfying conclusion.

Remembrance of Podcast’s Past

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 up new scientific ideas. It stumbles when it strays into talking about social issues, which it often does.

Science Fiction for Sustainability, In Conversation with Cory Doctorow

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.