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