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
Seven of Infinities by Aliette de Bodard
Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 Earth/ Liúlàng 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor
Seth from Hugos There, Take Me To Your Reader, Brief & Not So Brief joins us to discuss Palm Springs. We talk about Cartesian Dualism, capitalism, and what is a life worth living.
Other Works Mentioned
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things directed by Ian Samuels, screenplay by Lev Grossman
Being and Time by Martin Heidegger
One-Minute Time Machine directed by Devon Avery, written by Sean Crouch