Context Providers

We talk with Rick Harp, host of Media Indigena, about indigenous cultures, particularly those in the place now called Canada, the Hugo Awards, colonialism, The Walking Dead, and economic development of indigenous peoples the world over.

This podcast was recorded some time ago. We apologize if any of the information it contains is out-of-date.

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In this episode we discuss the following materials. Please check them out, and support these amazing content(text) creators: 

Media Indigena Round Table at mediaindigena.com

Metis In Space – an excellent podcast that is unapologetically indigenous, unabashedly female & unblinkingly nerdy.

Kim Tallbear – Native American DNA Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science.

Rebecca Roanhorse – Author ofTrial of Lightning and Your Authentic Ingenious Experience.

Cherie Dimaline – Author of The Marrow Thieves.

Cutcha Risling Baldy – Why I Teach The Walking Dead in my Native Studies Classes.

Clearing the Plains – James Daschuk

Indigenous Comiccon – An international collection of events

Labour Unions in Science Fiction

Our guest this week is Olav Rokne of the Hugo Book Club to talk about unions and organized labour, or rather the lack of it, in science fiction. While representation of unions in science fiction is pretty unusual, it’s moved from anti-union hostility to more of a benign neglect.

See our show notes for more information.

Labour Unions in Science Fiction – Show Notes

The show notes for our episode Labour Unions in Science Fiction.

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Imagining the future of organized labour (part one of three) – Hugo Book Club – The essays that inspired us to invite Olav onto the show.

The Future of Work – Our past episode on Wired’s series The Future of Work.

A people’s future of the United States – Edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams – A great collection of short stories that neglected to include stories about unions; this is a mark against it but not enough to not read it.

Autonomous – Annalee Newitz – A novel that is is about the subversion of labour rights. Explicit labour unions are not mentioned in the book. For more labour representation Look for Annalee Newitz’ new novel The Future of Another Timeline coming out in September 2019.

All Systems Red – Martha Wells – The first in the Murderbot Diaries. Doesn’t mention unions specifically but features a lot of work and unsafe working conditions. These workers could use a union.

Stories mentioned for labour unions in science fiction

Orbital Decay – Allen Steele

For the Win – Cory Doctorow

Company Town – Madeline Ashby

Hunger Makes the Wolf – Alex Wells

Another Girl, Another Planet – Lou Antonelli

Emissaries of Profits – Q Less

The cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

We’re talking about episode six of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Shadier elements of the alpha quadrant speculate about the value of gamma quadrant artifacts, Quark holds an auction, and a space manta ray goes home. The station is also almost destroyed.

This is Androids and Assets, the podcast that discusses the political and economic assumptions in science fiction and fantasy and how they shape the world in which we live.

Errata

We were wrong about Clueless. The movie aired in 1995, the show started in 1996. There is no connection between the title of this episode and the very popular movie and TV show. We are very sorry for this error.

The wildlife painter Marshall was trying to remember is Robert Bateman.

The Future of Work

The Future of Work

We talk about Wired’s Future of Work series of short stories. The shortage of actual work and the absence of organized labour leaves a lot to be desired.

This is Androids and Assets, the podcast that discusses the political and economic assumptions in science fiction and fantasy and how they shape the world in which we live.

Emissaries of Profits – Babel & Captive Pursuit

An aphasia-like virus planted in DS9’s food replicator system by the Bajoran underground against their onetime oppressors lies dormant until being activated during refurbishment.

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The first two species to visit through the wormhole are hardly ceremonial: one, described only as “Tosk,” is being hunted in a formal, ritualized sport that both he and his pursuers enjoy.

Anon

We discuss Anon, the 2018 Netflix thriller. Set in a near-future, dystopic world of constant surveillance, the movie questions the value of privacy, police overreach, and the value of memory.

This is Androids and Assets, the podcast that discusses the political and economic assumptions in science fiction and fantasy and how they shape the world in which we live.

Emissaries of Profits – Past Prologue

Kira has barely gotten to know her new DS9 colleagues or settled in as a “legitimate” officer of post-occupation Bajor when she has to confront an old fellow freedom-fighter who can’t give up the fight — and the infamous Duras sisters from TNG are a surprise part of his plans.

Double the Helix Double the Fun!

Let us take you on a magical journey into a story from those days of yore. A story of miracle children, virgin births, and the struggle between good and evil. Let us take you into this ancient text from 1996… Double Helix. To help us decode this Contemporary Christian Techno Thriller we have resident biologist Candace along for the ride. In the spirit of the title of this book we are sending you a double length episode with twice as much re-cap and analysis of this horrible book as you typically get.

PS: I love you all and am glad to report that a new Emissaries of Profits will be dropping in a few days.