We’ve reached the end of season 2 and that means the Dominion is a thing! We’re covering the final episode of season 2 and the first two of season three. It’s all about the Dominion and remembering where Odo came from.
In an experimental episode Marshall and Stephen break down the cost of the destruction of the MCRN Donnager in James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse and what that can tell us about the future of naval warfare and planetary governance.
Comradery is a worker coop building for the future. It feels like science fiction but it’s fact. We’re super excited about it and invited Ty from Comradery to tell us more about it.
A Canticle for Leibowitz – Walter M. Miller Jr.
Consider Phlebas – Ian Banks
Small Gods – Terry Pratchett
Doctor Faustus – Christopher Marlowe
Resonate – Resonate is building a new music economy based on fairness, transparency and cooperation.
Ampled – Ampled allows artists to be directly supported by their community without intermediaries or gatekeepers (and is collectively owned by its artists and workers).
Means TV – Means TV is the world’s first worker-owned, post-capitalist streaming service.
Our fiftieth episode, we talked with Karl Schroeder. He talks about using technology to build a better world. We were reminded of his work while thinking about Comradery.
Vedek Bareil is running for Kai of Bajor but our favourite villain, Vedek Winn, sows doubt about his suitability and encourages Kira to look into his past. Kira discovers that the man she loves may have been responsible for the death of 43 Bajoran freedom fighters.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons took the world by storm in 2020 and continues to be a cultural touchstone. One question that gets asked over and over is whether Tom Nook is a man of the people or an oppressive capitalist exploiting your labour?
We are joined this week by Kateryna Barnes to discuss the world of Animal Crossing and to hash out if Tom is a welcome ally or an enemy to be destroyed.
The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity by Slavoj Žižek
Difference and Repetition by Gilles Deleuze
In “The Wire” Bashir and Garak explore the intricacies of addiction and effective methods for treatment.
In “Crossover” we are subjected to the first mirror universe episode of Deep Space Nine. Kira and Bashir accidentally visit the mirror universe and change the course of history in an alternate world.
Here’s the link to our conversation with Premee Mohamed that Stephen referenced: https://androidsandassets.ca/the-dark-sciences-in-conversation-with-premee-mohamed/
C.S. Malerich joins us to talk about her novella, The Factory Witches of Lowell, a story about an early unionization effort that gets a magical boost. The most important part of the struggle, though, is still solidarity.
You can get The Factory of Witches of Lowell through our Bookshop affiliate link, we get a small kickback, if you do.
Specific Works Mentioned
Arkady and Boris Strugatsky – Hard to Be A God
We talk about Season 2 episode 18 and 19 “Profit and Loss” and “Blood Oath”. Both episodes are about being a bro: what obligations do you have to other people and how do those obligations act as incentives?
We also have our inaugural segment “Hey Fellas” where we talk to our bros and provide important life advice.