On this week’s episode, we are extremely happy to host the amazing Karen, @prairieflaneur, contributor to Alberta Advantage and Format Guardian podcasts, as we discuss the inaugural episodes of Deep Space Nine Season Two, often known as The Bajoran Coup Arc. We hope you enjoy our detailed analysis and wild speculation as we ask… What the hell is going on in Bajoran politics?
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.
Androids and Assets teams up with Barry DeFord of Politreks to discuss the political roller coaster that is Season 1 Episode 18 Duet .
Kira investigates a notorious, or maybe not notorious, war criminal guilty of perpetrating, or perhaps assisting with, war crimes during the Cardassian occupation of Bajor.
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.
If you want to find more of Malka’s work you can check out her website @ malkaolder.wordpress.com
Image by Allana Taranto of Ars Magna Studio.
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.
Honey Heist by Grant Howitt – Available free on itch
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.
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.
A conversation with author Louis Evans, in which we discuss his recent short story Flash Crash, published by the good people at Escape Pod. We talk commerce, nuclear war, and the nature of value.
If you want to read/hear Flash Crash follow this link: https://escapepod.org/2019/06/06/escape-pod-683-flash-crash/
In this interview Louis Recomends the following texts:
Fondly Fahrenheit by Alfred Bester
China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh
The Sorcerer Of The Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson