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.

Emissaries of Profits — Rules of Acquisition

Quark is given the opportunity of the lifetime when Grand Nagus Zek asks him to negotiate a deal with a Gamma quadrant species. Zek keeps sabotaging the deal, though, and Quark learns he’s been working with a female. If he just sticks to the Rules of Acquisition, he’ll be fine.

Our outro music this week is from the_miracle_aligner.

Emissaries of Profits — Cardassians and Melora

Cardassians

Sisko settles a custody dispute of an orphaned Cardassian between his adoptive Bajoran parents and his biological father. Garak and Bashir work to uncover the machinations of Gul Dukat.

Melora

Bashir and O’Brien make adjustments to the station as a new crew member joins DS9. Melora battles discrimination, misplaced well meaning gestures, and inappropriate advances from her doctor.

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.

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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