Veteran Androids and Assets guest Candace returns. The team weighs in on critical controversies in the Star Trek Universe as we discus Deep Space 9 Season 2 Episode 11 Rivals. Listen to the end for critical breaking news about a startling source of disinformation that may be lurking in your own home.
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
And Now His Lordship is Laughing by Shiv Ramdas in Strange Horizons
Laura samples Deep Space Nine for the first time to join us to discuss “Second Sight” and “Sanctuary”.
For the first time since the death of his wife, Sisko falls in love. However, his new interest is the psychic projection of a woman in trauma.
A group of refugees from the Gamma Quadrant request permission to settle on Bajor as their long-prophesied land of destiny.
ALAB Series An infrequent podcast series about the American legal system.
Marshall and Stephen discuss the age old question, “Autobots or Decepticons? ,” and think maybe the answer is “why not neither?”
A Universal Basic Income is relatively common in science fiction, thanks in large part to the ubiquity of Star Trek. The idea that people don’t need to compete for basic needs might feel futuristic but there are ways we can, and should, make that happen today.
Quark is given the opportunity of the lifetime when Grand Nagus Zek asks him to negotiate a deal with a Gamma quadrant species. Zek keeps sabotaging the deal, though, and Quark learns he’s been working with a female. If he just sticks to the Rules of Acquisition, he’ll be fine.
Our outro music this week is from the_miracle_aligner.
In this weeks episode we discuss 2020 Hugo award winning novel A Memory Called Empire. In which we discuss American Empire and the politics of being a stranger in a strange land.
Sisko settles a custody dispute of an orphaned Cardassian between his adoptive Bajoran parents and his biological father. Garak and Bashir work to uncover the machinations of Gul Dukat.
Bashir and O’Brien make adjustments to the station as a new crew member joins DS9. Melora battles discrimination, misplaced well meaning gestures, and inappropriate advances from her doctor.