Hugo Shortlisted Short Stories II

Stephen and Marshall get excited talking about the Hugo short listed short stories in part two of our three part series. Today we cover “A Guide for Working Breeds” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad and “Metal Like Blood in the Dark” by T. Kingfisher 

Assassins and Assets – Anna ft. Alex

The Androids and Assets team goes undercover as a spy thriller podcast to review Luc Besson’s 2019 thriller, Anna.

We’re pleased to be joined by Alex, President of the Edmonton chapter of the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians.

Hugo Shortlisted Short Stories I

Stephen and Marshall get serious talking about the Hugo short listed short stories in part one of our three part series. Today we cover “Open House on Haunted Hill” by John Wiswell and “Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse” by Rae Carson.

Emissaries of Profits—”Explorers”, “Family Business”, and “Shakaar”

Deep Space Nine in all its glory.

An experimental episode where unpack a perfect trifecta of DS9 Season 3. We nerd out about weird stuff from elevator pricing, to Thor Heyerdahl, and our favorite theocracy the UK. Three times the episode. Three times the weirdness.

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