Brokerage and Banditry in Conversation with James D’Amato

Return guest James D’Amato is back to resolve the question of currency on Campaign Skyjacks. So man the rigging and secure lines because we are headed into the sky. Stay till the end for a special insight into the future of 2021, as James draws a luminary to reveal what lays ahead.

Errata

The Traitor Baru Cormorant Seth Dickenson (2015)

James is the president of the One Shot Network and also has some fantastic books. You can find them here.

The Cost of the Martian Military Industrial Complex

In an experimental episode Marshall and Stephen break down the cost of the destruction of the MCRN Donnager in James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse and what that can tell us about the future of naval warfare and planetary governance.

Funding the Future with Comradery

Comradery is a worker coop building for the future. It feels like science fiction but it’s fact. We’re super excited about it and invited Ty from Comradery to tell us more about it.

Works Mentioned

A Canticle for Leibowitz – Walter M. Miller Jr.

Consider Phlebas – Ian Banks

Small Gods – Terry Pratchett

Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas – Bethesda Softworks

Doctor Faustus – Christopher Marlowe

Co-operative Alternatives

Resonate – Resonate is building a new music economy based on fairness, transparency and cooperation.

Ampled – Ampled allows artists to be directly supported by their community without intermediaries or gatekeepers (and is collectively owned by its artists and workers).

Means TV – Means TV is the world’s first worker-owned, post-capitalist streaming service.

Related Episodes

Our fiftieth episode, we talked with Karl Schroeder. He talks about using technology to build a better world. We were reminded of his work while thinking about Comradery.

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.