Policy Droid II Atomic New Deal

A more serious episode where we talk about climate change, science fictions critical role in shaping the way we think about the future, and how to call people to action. We also focus on the fact that climate change is now a completely political problem. In our view political action is the only path to climate action.

Errata

New York 2140 – Kim Stanly Robinson

American War – Omar El Akkad

The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude – Andrew Nikiforuk

The Broken Earth Trilogy – N.K. Jemison

The Wandering EarthLiúlàng Dìqiú (2019 movie)

Stephen mentions that Chris Kyle (The Devil of Ramadi), a war criminal and mass murderer, reports to have shot people in new Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. This is based on Mr. Kyle’s own claims and is widely disputed.

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.

The Private Sector Experience: The Tomorrow War

On the brink of catastrophic climate change and America’s defeat in Afghanistan, one movie will pretend neither of these things are happening.

We review Amazon’s 4th of July long weekend extravaganza, The Tomorrow War.

Emissaries of Profits — “Fascination” and “Heart of Stone”

Is it love, or is it psychic contagion? We talk love, relationships, and vaccines as the boys review season 3 episodes 10 and 14, “Fascination” and “Heart of Stone”. Come for the kissing and stay for listener questions.

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

Emissaries of Profits — “Life Support”

Political intrigue, medical ethics, cross cultural dialogue, and teen dating… If that seems like too much for one episode of DS9 you’re right! Come with us as we muddle through this beautiful mess of an episode.

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

Emissaries of Profits — “Past Tense Part 1 & 2”

Deep Space Nine in all its glory.

This week’s episode is a rare look into our own future, as Sisko travels back to 2024. In a world of Neo Trotskyists, walled ghettos, net tycoons and Quad Cycles the Federation’s own time travel policy must be violated to save it.

Palestine +100, In Conversation with Basma Ghalyini 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