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.
Marshall and Stephen are joined by the dynamic and entertaining John Scalzi to talk about his new book, The Kaiju Preservation Society.
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.
Marshall and Steve sit down with the brilliant and ever didactic Cat Rambo to discus their newest book You Sexy Thing. Out now.
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
The show notes for our episode Labour Unions in Science Fiction.
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
Some works we discussed:
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.
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.