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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.