How To Get Ahead in Anti-Psychiatry Ft. Olav

We are looking back on the 1989 classic How to Get Ahead in Advertising. For a deep dive on the intersection of psychology and commerce we are joined by Hugo nominated Blogger and long time friend of the show Olav.

Can’t Look Away

Taking a well worn path to the orchard of problematic Netflix content, the androids and assets team get angry as they lazily pluck the low hanging fruit that is American political discourse. Please enjoy this review of the 2021 sci-fi comedy Don’t Look Up.

Happy New Year… It probably won’t get worse.

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 

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

Labour Unions in Science Fiction – Show Notes

The show notes for our episode Labour Unions in Science Fiction.

Errata

Imagining the future of organized labour (part one of three) – Hugo Book Club – The essays that inspired us to invite Olav onto the show.

The Future of Work – Our past episode on Wired’s series The Future of Work.

A people’s future of the United States – Edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams – A great collection of short stories that neglected to include stories about unions; this is a mark against it but not enough to not read it.

Autonomous – Annalee Newitz – A novel that is is about the subversion of labour rights. Explicit labour unions are not mentioned in the book. For more labour representation Look for Annalee Newitz’ new novel The Future of Another Timeline coming out in September 2019.

All Systems Red – Martha Wells – The first in the Murderbot Diaries. Doesn’t mention unions specifically but features a lot of work and unsafe working conditions. These workers could use a union.

Stories mentioned for labour unions in science fiction

Orbital Decay – Allen Steele

For the Win – Cory Doctorow

Company Town – Madeline Ashby

Hunger Makes the Wolf – Alex Wells

Another Girl, Another Planet – Lou Antonelli

Author Interview – S.B. Divya

Our interview with S.B. Divya author of great works such as Runtime and Contingency Plans for the Apocalypse and co-editor of Escape Pod. Find her work at www.eff-words.com

Some works we discussed:

The Revolution Brought to You by Nike by Andrea Phillips published in Fireside Magazine. Also available in audio from Escape Pod.

Cat Pictures Please  by Naomi Kritzer published in Clarkesworld.

Utopia, LOL? by Jamie Wahls published in Strange Horizons.

Runtime  by S.B. Divya published by Tor.com.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland published by Balzer + Bray.

Infomacracy by Malka Older published by Tor.com.

The Podcast Element

Welcome to Season 2 of Androids and Assets! Thanks for being here with us! We’ve decided to make Luc Besson our traditional season opener so today we’re talking about The Fifth Element. It’s a movie that requires societal supervision so be sure to watch it with a diverse group of friends.