Labour Unions in Science Fiction – Show Notes

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

Errata

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

Author Interview – S.B. Divya

Our interview with S.B. Divya author of great works such as Runtime and Contingency Plans for the Apocalypse and co-editor of Escape Pod. Find her work at www.eff-words.com

Some works we discussed:

The Revolution Brought to You by Nike by Andrea Phillips published in Fireside Magazine. Also available in audio from Escape Pod.

Cat Pictures Please  by Naomi Kritzer published in Clarkesworld.

Utopia, LOL? by Jamie Wahls published in Strange Horizons.

Runtime  by S.B. Divya published by Tor.com.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland published by Balzer + Bray.

Infomacracy by Malka Older published by Tor.com.

The Podcast Element

Welcome to Season 2 of Androids and Assets! Thanks for being here with us! We’ve decided to make Luc Besson our traditional season opener so today we’re talking about The Fifth Element. It’s a movie that requires societal supervision so be sure to watch it with a diverse group of friends.