Space Farce

Netflix’s Space Force is ostensibly a political satire created by Greg Daniels and Steve Carell. It attempts to poke fun at the American President and the wider political system that created Space Force.

We talk about why the show isn’t funny and, worse, is morally dangerous.

Emissaries of Profits – A Study of Trill

The cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Today we’re experimenting with moving away from a strict episode by episode review and instead are looking at two second season episodes that focus on the fascinating lives of Trill. Invasive Procedure and Playing God provide insight into Trill society and the massive inequality that exists there.

We talk about the Trill quest to gain a symbiont and a huge leg up on all of your Trill compatriots. Gaining a symbiont is enough to consume an entire life and even enough to kill for.

Truly Universal Income, In Conversation with Corey J. White

We had the absolute pleasure of talking to Corey J. White about his recent novel, Repo Virtual. This is a near future, cyberpunk that tackles heavy issues of our day like wealth inequality, corporate overreach, and douchey tech-bro companies all set in a very believable world wracked by climate change and fracturing nation states.

We talked about the warnings in his book and the need for a truly universal basic income to begin to address the global system of oppression called capitalism.

You can get updates on Corey’s work and other interesting news by subscribing to a newsletter he runs with some friends, nothing here.

Image credit goes to Solvent Image.

Emissaries of Profits – The Bajoran Coup Arc AKA Vedek with Benefits FT. Karen

Deep Space Nine in all its glory.

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?

China Mountain Zhang

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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Emissaries of Profits – In the Hands of the Prophets

The cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

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

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.

Emissaries of Profits – Duet with Barry of Politreks

Deep Space Nine in all its glory.

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.

You can find more Politreks content @ https://www.trekgeeks.com/politreks and on twitter.

On Surveillance and Information: In Conversation with Malka Older

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

Her most recent book …and Other Disasters is available from Mason Jar Press and wherever fine books are sold. She also writes for Serialbox.com.

Image by Allana Taranto of Ars Magna Studio.

Emissaries of Profits – The Forsaken and Dramatis Personae

Deep Space Nine in all its glory.

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. 

Errata

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.