Cybersnooze ft. Adventures in Ideology

We’re joined by the hosts of one of our favourite shows, Adventures in Ideology, to talk about the first Cyberquest story, The Pharaoh’s Tomb, by Sigmund Brouwer. It’s Christian propaganda with a thin veneer of science fiction. Like a single coat of science applied with a poor brush by an unskilled painter.

Please don’t read this book. Please forgive us for reading it.

Music at the front of this episode is courtesy of Ross Bugden.

Emissaries of Profits – “Improbable Cause” and “The Die is Cast”

We discuss Tain’s Plot to preempt the Dominion War in Deep Space Nine episodes 20 and 21, “Improbable Cause” and “The Die is Cast”. We get into the real life failings of spies and the probability of hiding

Entertainment and Control, In Conversation with Peter F. Hamilton and Gareth L. Powell

Special guests and legends of Space Opera, Peter F. Hamilton and Gareth L. Powell, generously took time to talk to us about their newly released novella, Light Chaser.

Recommendations

Seven of Infinities by Aliette de Bodard

Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

Emissaries of Profits — “Through the Looking Glass” ft. Leslie Lee

The boys sit down with Struggle Session co-host Leslie Lee to talk about DS9 Season 3 Episode 19 “Through the Looking Glass” and reflect on the meaning of the mirror universe.

Through the Looking Glass

Ben is abducted from Deep Space Nine and taken to the mirror universe where he bones the counterparts of his two women senior officers. He also saves the nascent Terran rebellion from the Alliance and proves once again how bad ass he is.

Emissaries of Profits — “Visionary” and “Distant Voices”

O’Brien sees himself die and deals with it. Bashir worries about turning 30 and how eventually one day he’ll die and it almost kills him. We also discuss the wisdom of provoking the Dominion and the shortcomings of Jungian analysis.

Visionary

Romulans are on the station to discuss the Dominion threat and O’Brien is time traveling to solve problems before they even happen. In the end, O’Brien is replaced with a slightly older version of himself.

Distant Voices

Bashir makes an enemy of Lethean who is trying to obtain a controlled substance. The Lethean gets inside his head and tortures him (and the audience) with Jungian archetypes. Bashir survives and experiences some personal growth

Emissaries of Profits — “Destiny” and “Prophet Motive”

Stephen and Marshall review Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 3 Episode 15 “Destiny” and Season 3 Episode 14 “Prophet Motive”. We talk about everyone’s favorite topic… Imaginary religions.

Losing Humanity, In Conversation with Neil Sharpson

We are joined by Neil Sharpson author of debut novel, When the Sparrow Falls. It’s a clever and engaging science-fiction thriller looking at artificial intelligence, totalitarianism, and transhumanism available from Tor books on June 29.

You can find Neil at unshavedmouse.com and on Twitter.

Recommended Works

Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor

Life and Death and Death and Death in Palm Springs ft. Seth

Seth from Hugos There, Take Me To Your Reader, Brief & Not So Brief joins us to discuss Palm Springs. We talk about Cartesian Dualism, capitalism, and what is a life worth living.

Seth hosts Hugos There, a monthly podcast talking about Hugo Award winning novels with a guest(s). It’s great. Check it out. You can also hear him on Take Me To Your Reader

Other Works Mentioned

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things directed by Ian Samuels, screenplay by Lev Grossman

Being and Time by Martin Heidegger

One-Minute Time Machine directed by Devon Avery, written by Sean Crouch

Playing with Humanity, In Conversation with Daryl Gregory

We are joined by Daryl Gregory (twitter) to discuss his new novella, The Album of Dr. Moreau. We get into animal rights, the nature of consciousness, and the privilege of wealth.

Also by Daryl Gregory and available in late August, Revelator, pre-order now.

Other Works Mentioned

Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgement by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, and Cass R. Sunstein

Animal Liberation: The Definitive Classic of the Animal Movement by Peter Singer

By Force Alone and The Escapement by Lavie Tidhar

Palestine +100, In Conversation with Basma Ghalayini and Ra Page

We are joined by Basma Ghalayini, editor of the collection Palestine +100: Stories from a Century after the Nakba, and Ra Page, the cofounder of publisher Comma Press. Palestine +100 is a collection of stories exploring how Palestine might look 100 years after the Nakba when Palestinians were displaced and the occupation by Israel began.

Comma Press is a not-for-profit publisher specialising in the short story and fiction in translation. It is committed to a spirit of risk-taking, and aims to put the short story at the heart of contemporary narrative culture.

If you are able, please donate to relief efforts in Palestine such as through the Islamic Relief Fund.

Recommended Works

Mortal Engines by Stanislaw Lem

Roadside Picnic By Arkady and Boris Strugatsky; Also listen to our episode on Roadside Picnic

Nabil Farouk an Egyption author known for the Cocktail 2000 and the Future File series.

Paranormal on Netflix adapted from Ahmed Khaled Tawfik’s Ma Waraa Al Tabiaa series