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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At long last we come to the end of season 1 of Deep Space Nine. Kick back and enjoy a detailed analysis of Episode 19, In the Hands of the Prophets. We look at contemporary controversies surrrounding religion and education in 1993, as well as religious politics in the Bajorian military.
Our next episode will be a heartfelt send off for season one.
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.
Last week, we had the great pleasure of sitting down with Malka Older to discuss her Centenal Cycle series of books (Infomocracy, State Tectonics, and Null States). Enjoy, as we get do a deep dive on the functioning of the political economy of science fictional microdemocracy. Malka shares with details of the inner workings of her setting and speaks to the intersections of her work with the current political landscape. Big thanks to Malka for taking the time to speak with us.
In this episode the Androids and Assets boys watch the DS9 crew muddle through awkward situations with the opposite sex and a strange mental contagion. We talk about the unmitigated humanitarian disaster that is the war in Yemen and Canada’s sinister role.
Stephen misspoke and called Sana’a the capital of Yemen, it is the capital of North Yemen. The current capital of federated Yemen is Aden.
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.
In this weeks episode the androids and assets team revisits Deep Space Nine Se. 1 Ep. 14 Progress, in which Kira find herself on the “other side” and Nog cuts his teeth in the Yamok Sauce biz. Politics and comerce abound, so buckel up for a wild ride.