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

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