Truly Universal Income, In Conversation with Corey J. White

We had the absolute pleasure of talking to Corey J. White about his recent novel, Repo Virtual. This is a near future, cyberpunk that tackles heavy issues of our day like wealth inequality, corporate overreach, and douchey tech-bro companies all set in a very believable world wracked by climate change and fracturing nation states.

We talked about the warnings in his book and the need for a truly universal basic income to begin to address the global system of oppression called capitalism.

You can get updates on Corey’s work and other interesting news by subscribing to a newsletter he runs with some friends, nothing here.

Image credit goes to Solvent Image.

China Mountain Zhang

We have another incredible podcast crossover event. Adrian of Spectology joins us to talk about China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh. This is a beautiful and touching novel and, despite being written nearly thirty years ago, it still feels very relevant. We’re very glad we read it.

This post is much later than it should be. Apologies to Adrian and to our listeners. Some references to then current events might feel dated.

Other Works Mentioned

Never Let Me Go — Kazuo Ishiguro

The Waste Tide — Stanley Qiufan Chen

The Paper Menagerie — Ken Liu

Mission Child — Maureen McHugh

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Op-Eds From the Future

Op-Eds From the Future is a fantastic initiative from the New York Times. Edited by Susan Fowler, these Op-Eds are science fictional writing imagining an op-ed we might see in the near or far future. Some great writers have already contributed and we hope more do.

We picked four op-eds and talk about them in this episode. Some are good and some are less good.

On Surveillance and Information: In Conversation with Malka Older

Last week, we had the great pleasure of sitting down with Malka Older to discuss her Centenal Cycle series of books (Infomocracy, State Tectonics, and Null States). Enjoy, as we get do a deep dive on the functioning of the political economy of science fictional microdemocracy. Malka shares with details of the inner workings of her setting and speaks to the intersections of her work with the current political landscape. Big thanks to Malka for taking the time to speak with us.

If you want to find more of Malka’s work you can check out her website @ malkaolder.wordpress.com

Her most recent book …and Other Disasters is available from Mason Jar Press and wherever fine books are sold. She also writes for Serialbox.com.

Image by Allana Taranto of Ars Magna Studio.

Roleplaying for everyone: In Conversation with James D’Amato

We’re lucky to be joined by James D’Amato of the One Shot Podcast Network. We talk about his show Skyjacks and about role-playing more widely.

James D'Amato, our guest

Games Mentioned

Flying Circus by Erika Chappell – Available on DriveThruRPG or itch

Honey Heist by Grant Howitt – Available free on itch

Star Crossed by Alex Roberts – Available on DriveThruRPG or itch

For the Queen by Alex Roberts – Available on Roll20

Related Content

I Need Diverse Games was referenced as a great group making games better and more inclusive for everyone.

James also has some books. They’ll help you play a better RPG. You probably like them, you just may not know it yet. You can find them here.

Algorithms and Apocalypse, In conversation with Louis Evans

A conversation with author Louis Evans, in which we discuss his recent short story Flash Crash, published by the good people at Escape Pod. We talk commerce, nuclear war, and the nature of value.

If you want to read/hear Flash Crash follow this link: https://escapepod.org/2019/06/06/escape-pod-683-flash-crash/

In this interview Louis Recomends the following texts:

Fondly Fahrenheit by Alfred Bester

China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh

The Sorcerer Of The Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson

Socialism is the Cure

28 Days Later on Vimeo

Amid a lively public discourse on the Covid 19 Virus the androids and assets team sits down to talk out depictions of disease and crisis in Science Fiction, and how different fictional depictions of illness shape our reactions. The pair find that collective action is the best defense against sickness and disease.

Recommended content:

Station 11 , Emily St. John Mandel

The Mask of the Red Death, Cory Doctorow

A Paradise Built in Hell, Rebecca Solnit

Radio War Nerd Podcast

Dawn of The Dead (1978)

28 Days Later (2002)

Not Lovers but Comrades, In Conversation with Nino Cipri

A conversation with author Nino Cipri about their new novella, FINNA. We talk about labour, unions, and love. FINNA is on sale Feb 25 and we can’t recommend it highly enough.

Nino on Twitter

Nino’s newsletter, Cool Story, Bro

Nino’s author photo, the image at the top of this post, is by Korbin Jones.

Works and Authors Mentioned

Sarah Pinsker, Twitter A Song for a New Day

Annalee Newitz, Twitter

Charlie Jane Anders, Twitter

Our Opinions Are Correct, the podcast hosted by Annalee and Charlie Jane.

Meow Wolf House of Eternal Return – If we’re ever in Santa Fe, this is on the to-do list.

The Expanse, Twitter

Hannah Abigail Clarke, TwitterScapegracers

Tana FrenchThe Witch Elm

The Fandom Menace

The Rise of Skywalker has completed the Star Wars sequel trilogy and we are finally ready to share our thoughts with you.

We discuss the most recent installment in the Star Wars franchise with our good friend, Justin (you might know him from his previous appearance). The movie, while it looks and feels traditionally Star Wars, suffers from a serious lack of imagination. JJ Abrams spends more time providing fan-service than a satisfying conclusion.

Remembrance of Podcast’s Past

We talk about Death’s End the 2010 novel from Cixin Liu. Translated into English in 2016 by Ken Liu, it was short-listed for the Hugo Award for Best Novel and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

This is a big book with lots of big ideas. It excels where it thinks up new scientific ideas. It stumbles when it strays into talking about social issues, which it often does.