Capital Crossing: New Horizons ft. Kat

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.

Citations

Loading… Volume 13 No 22, Animal Crossing Special Issue edited by Rainforest Scully-Blaker and Emily Flynn-Jones

“Tom Nook, Capitalist or Comrade? On Nook Discourse and the Millennial Housing Crisis” by Emma Vossen

Interview with David Harvey on debt peonage

The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity by Slavoj Žižek

Difference and Repetition by Gilles Deleuze

Children of Men AKA Christmas in Palestine with Candace

A special Christmas Episode of Androids and Assets where the boys and special guest Candace talk about the reason for the season, struggling against empire.

We also recommend: Divine Intervention (2002) Dir Elia Sulieman

Weaving Solidarity, In Conversation with C.S. Malerich

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.

Recommended Authors

P. Djèlí Clark

Colson Whitehead

Justina Ireland

Catherynne M. Valente

Cadwell Turnbull

Ursula K. LeGuin

Octavia Butler

Specific Works Mentioned

China MievilleUn Lun Dun

Max Gladstone and Amal El-MohtarThis is How You Lose the Time War

K.M. SzparaDocile

Arkady and Boris Strugatsky – Hard to Be A God

Partially Automated Comfort Communism, In Conversation with Paris Marx

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.

Follow Paris and Tech Won’t Save Us on Twitter.

Errata

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

Aaron Bastani’s ‘luxury communism’ is a false future

Jeff Bezos and His Billionaire Space Fantasy

Jeff Bezos’s Vision of the Future Is Basically Blade Runner

Elon Musk Is Planning for Climate Apocalypse

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

Utopia, not futurism: Why doing the impossible is the most rational thing we can do by Murray Bookchin

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

PACTO ECOSOCIAL DEL SUR

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

The Dark Sciences in Conversation with Premee Mohamed

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.

Errata

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

Winter Tide and Deep Roots by Ruthanna Emrys

Bonus Episode: The Money Game

Gold, Gil, Cred Stick… I sit down with two long time observers of of videogame history to talk money in games. We explore how what started as the bothersome fife of enterprising teens has become a big business.

The Lucy Zone

It’s the third anniversary of starting this podcast so we’re doing our third Luc Besson film. (You’re right, we started on a Luc Besson film and if we did one every anniversary this would be our fourth. You got us. We missed one.)

Lucy is a terrible movie; starting from a flawed premise and ending in a flawed conclusion. It’s also racist and misogynist. It gets all of the science wrong. It misunderstands human history. The bar doesn’t get much lower than this.

You Can’t Vote Against the Wall, In Conversation with Gautam Bhatia

Gautam Bhatia, author of The Wall, joins us to talk about his debut novel. The Wall is chock full of ideas and questions the role of law, the effects of strictly constrained resources, and how hierarchy interacts with democracy.

We mentioned our Bookshop; unfortunately, The Wall is not included in that database so you will have to ask your local bookseller to find it.

Other Works Mentioned

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

Chosen Spirits by Samit Basu

Analog/Virtual: and Other Simulations of Your Future by Lavanya Lakshminarayan

Mending Wall by Robert Frost

“Something of Freedom is Yet to Come”: The Entangled Histories of Science Fiction and Capitalism by Olav Rokne in Strange Horizons

And Now His Lordship is Laughing by Shiv Ramdas in Strange Horizons