Partially Automated Comfort Communism, In Conversation with Paris Marx

The Androids and Assets team sits down with journalist Paris Marx of Tech Won’t Save Us to talk about the ongoing struggle for the future of technology and by extension the future of humanity.

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Errata

Paris has written articles on this topic and a few are collected here for you.

Aaron Bastani’s ‘luxury communism’ is a false future

Jeff Bezos and His Billionaire Space Fantasy

Jeff Bezos’s Vision of the Future Is Basically Blade Runner

Elon Musk Is Planning for Climate Apocalypse

Paris mentioned a whole bunch of great things to read and we’ve done our best to list them all here for you.

I Can’t Bring Myself to Stand in Line for Food Again by Mirta Ojito

Utopia, not futurism: Why doing the impossible is the most rational thing we can do by Murray Bookchin

Eco-Socialism or Bust by Thea Riofrancos, Robert Shaw, Will Speck

A Path to Democratic Socialism Means a Path To Climate Justice by Thea Riofrancos

PACTO ECOSOCIAL DEL SUR

The Green New Deal as proposed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin and also everything else she ever wrote.

Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

Emissaries of Profits — Whispers ft. Evan

Our good friend Evan, from Kino Lefter, joins us to discuss “Whispers”.

O’Brien senses something is wrong on Deep Space Nine when the crew and his family begin acting strangely around him after he returns from a mission. As he unravels the mystery he finds even senior Starfleet officers are lying to keep secrets from him.

You can find Evan on Twitter and bonus episodes of Kino Lefter on Patreon

The Dark Sciences in Conversation with Premee Mohamed

Premee Mohamed joins us to discuss her debut novel, Beneath the Rising. We discuss how the world works differently for wealthy people and those that make dark covenants with creatures from other dimensions. We learn that science undergrads are wretched creatures and that you should not ever under any circumstances try to create a Chambers Reactor.

Errata

Find Premee on Twitter

Hear Premee on Breaking the Glass Slipper

A Broken Darkness, the sequel to Beneath the Rising is out in March 2021.

The Raven Tower by Anne Leckie

Embers of War by Gareth Powell

Winter Tide and Deep Roots by Ruthanna Emrys

Emissaries of Profits – The Alternate and Armageddon Game

The Alternate

Dr. Mora shows up on Deep Space Nine and tells Odo he may have found the planet Odo comes from. They visit the planet and Odo is poisoned with Freudian gas putting the station and Dr. Mora at great risk.

Armageddon Game

O’Brien and Bashir are working together to help an alien civilization destroy their stock of biogenic weapons of mass destruction. When things go wrong, the two Starfleet officers come together and learn a lot about each other.

The Lucy Zone

It’s the third anniversary of starting this podcast so we’re doing our third Luc Besson film. (You’re right, we started on a Luc Besson film and if we did one every anniversary this would be our fourth. You got us. We missed one.)

Lucy is a terrible movie; starting from a flawed premise and ending in a flawed conclusion. It’s also racist and misogynist. It gets all of the science wrong. It misunderstands human history. The bar doesn’t get much lower than this.

You Can’t Vote Against the Wall, In Conversation with Gautam Bhatia

Gautam Bhatia, author of The Wall, joins us to talk about his debut novel. The Wall is chock full of ideas and questions the role of law, the effects of strictly constrained resources, and how hierarchy interacts with democracy.

We mentioned our Bookshop; unfortunately, The Wall is not included in that database so you will have to ask your local bookseller to find it.

Other Works Mentioned

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

Chosen Spirits by Samit Basu

Analog/Virtual: and Other Simulations of Your Future by Lavanya Lakshminarayan

Mending Wall by Robert Frost

“Something of Freedom is Yet to Come”: The Entangled Histories of Science Fiction and Capitalism by Olav Rokne in Strange Horizons

And Now His Lordship is Laughing by Shiv Ramdas in Strange Horizons

Emissaries of Profits – Second Sight and Sanctuary ft. Laura

Laura samples Deep Space Nine for the first time to join us to discuss “Second Sight” and “Sanctuary”.

Second Sight

For the first time since the death of his wife, Sisko falls in love. However, his new interest is the psychic projection of a woman in trauma.

Sanctuary

A group of refugees from the Gamma Quadrant request permission to settle on Bajor as their long-prophesied land of destiny.

Links

Laura can be found on twitter @_saturnreturn and in a monthly series at The Progress Report.

ALAB Series An infrequent podcast series about the American legal system.

Emissaries of Profits — Necessary Evil ft. Don

Don of You Can’t Win Podcast joins us t o discuss collaborators, the nature of crime, and Rom’s wailing. Don also reminds us of important real world 1993 baseball context.

Policy Droid: Universal Basic Income

A Universal Basic Income is relatively common in science fiction, thanks in large part to the ubiquity of Star Trek. The idea that people don’t need to compete for basic needs might feel futuristic but there are ways we can, and should, make that happen today.