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The political economy of speculative fiction

The political economy of speculative fiction

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Canada

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The political economy of speculative fiction

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Language:

English


Episodes

Emissaries of Profits — “Life Support”

6/10/2021
Political intrigue, medical ethics, cross cultural dialogue, and teen dating… If that seems like too much for one episode of DS9 you’re right! Come with us as we muddle through this beautiful mess of an episode. The post Emissaries of Profits — “Life Support” appeared first on Androids and Assets.

Duration:00:45:25

Playing with Humanity, In Conversation with Daryl Gregory

5/31/2021
We are joined by Daryl Gregory (twitter) to discuss his new novella, The Album of Dr. Moreau. We get into animal rights, the nature of consciousness, and the privilege of wealth. Also by Daryl Gregory and available in late August, Revelator, pre-order now. Other Works Mentioned Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgement by Daniel Kahneman, … Continue reading "Playing with Humanity, In Conversation with Daryl Gregory" The post Playing with Humanity, In Conversation with Daryl Gregory appeared first...

Duration:00:58:35

Emissaries of Profits — “Past Tense Part 1 & 2”

5/26/2021
This week’s episode is a rare look into our own future, as Sisko travels back to 2024. In a world of Neo Trotskyists, walled ghettos, net tycoons and Quad Cycles the Federation’s own time travel policy must be violated to save it. The post Emissaries of Profits — “Past Tense Part 1 & 2” appeared first on Androids and Assets.

Duration:01:20:17

Palestine +100, In Conversation with Basma Ghalyini and Ra Page

5/15/2021
We are joined by Basma Ghalayini, editor of the collection Palestine +100: Stories from a Century after the Nakba, and Ra Page, the cofounder of publisher Comma Press. Palestine +100 is a collection of stories exploring how Palestine might look 100 years after the Nakba when Palestinians were displaced and the occupation by Israel began. … Continue reading "Palestine +100, In Conversation with Basma Ghalyini and Ra Page" The post Palestine +100, In Conversation with Basma Ghalyini and Ra...

Duration:01:16:27

Emissaries of Profits — “Meridian” and “Defiant”

5/10/2021
To Coup or not to Coup? Things get political as the news on your side Androids and Assets team talks about headlines from 1994. Reviewing Season 3 episodes 8 and 9. Meridian The crew of Deep Space Nine is exploring the Gamma Quadrant, which is totally their job, and using a little warship to do … Continue reading "Emissaries of Profits — “Meridian” and “Defiant”" The post Emissaries of Profits — “Meridian” and “Defiant” appeared first on Androids and Assets.

Duration:01:05:49

May Day Ex-Strugatsky-ganza

5/1/2021
For May Day we read Soviet era novel, Roadside Picnic, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. It’s a bleak look at utopia, the utterly alien nature of aliens, and the insignificance of humans. We disagree about the end of the novel and leave it up to you, dear listener, to decide the true meaning. The post May Day Ex-Strugatsky-ganza appeared first on Androids and Assets.

Duration:00:41:56

Emissaries of Profits — “The Abandoned” and “Civil Defense” ft. Continuum Drag

4/26/2021
Continuum Drag joins the boys to review… Pogs, I guess, and Season 3 episodes 6 and 7. The Abandoned Odo is a father for a day after Quark buys a Jem’Hadar baby and immediately surrenders it to the state. Jake is dating an older woman and Ben doesn’t approve. Difficult fathering situations abound. We reference … Continue reading "Emissaries of Profits — “The Abandoned” and “Civil Defense” ft. Continuum Drag" The post Emissaries of Profits — “The Abandoned” and “Civil Defense” ft. Continuum...

Duration:01:07:06

Currency and Colonization in The Traitor Baru Cormorant

4/17/2021
We talk about currency, empire, and colonialism in Seth Dickinson’s The Traitor Baru Cormorant. This is a novel all about economic conquest and effective resistance to empire with a seeming message that there is no effective resistance to empire. The post Currency and Colonization in The Traitor Baru Cormorant appeared first on Androids and Assets.

Duration:00:49:23

Emissaries of Profits—”Equilibrium” and “Second Skin” Ft. Adventures in Ideology

4/12/2021
We are joined by Candace and Charis of Adventures in Ideology to discuss “Equilibrium” and “Second Skin” from season 3. Equilibrium Jadzia Dax is vaguely remembering things that never happened and the Dax symbiont is beginning to die. The crew must take her to the Trill home world for gaslighting and reluctant medical treatment. Second … Continue reading "Emissaries of Profits—”Equilibrium” and “Second Skin” Ft. Adventures in Ideology" The post Emissaries of Profits—”Equilibrium” and...

Duration:01:15:23

Lapsis: The Amazon Warehouse but for Walking

4/6/2021
Lapsis is a 2020 movie from Noah Hutton that takes on the gig work economy. It is timely and dark. There are many ideas in Lapsis and we picked out labour organizing and monopolies. We cannot recommend you seeing this movie strongly enough. The post Lapsis: The Amazon Warehouse but for Walking appeared first on Androids and Assets.

Duration:00:58:09

A Fiscal Crisis in the Republic

3/20/2021
Return guest and guy who has seen Star Wars, Justin, joins us to review Star Wars Clone Wars the Clovis Arc. We dissect the Galactic republic’s monetary policy and why we should nationalize the banks. The post A Fiscal Crisis in the Republic appeared first on Androids and Assets.

Duration:01:24:56

Emissaries of Profits – House of Quark

3/15/2021
Qapla’ friend. You look cold and weary… step inside, rest your old bones, have some Gagh and Blood Wine. Look into my deep set eyes and I will tell you the tale of this grand old house. These days they call it House Grilka, but way back they called it the House… of Quark! The post Emissaries of Profits – House of Quark appeared first on Androids and Assets.

Duration:00:54:47

Brokerage and Banditry in Conversation with James D’Amato

3/9/2021
Return guest James D’Amato is back to resolve the question of currency on Campaign Skyjacks. So man the rigging and secure lines because we are headed into the sky. Stay till the end for a special insight into the future of 2021, as James draws a luminary to reveal what lays ahead. Errata The Traitor … Continue reading "Brokerage and Banditry in Conversation with James D’Amato" The post Brokerage and Banditry in Conversation with James D’Amato appeared first on Androids and Assets.

Duration:01:12:17

Emissaries of Profits—The Dominion Introduction Arc

2/27/2021
We’ve reached the end of season 2 and that means the Dominion is a thing! We’re covering the final episode of season 2 and the first two of season three. It’s all about the Dominion and remembering where Odo came from. The post Emissaries of Profits—The Dominion Introduction Arc appeared first on Androids and Assets.

Duration:00:37:26

The Cost of the Martian Military Industrial Complex

2/20/2021
In an experimental episode Marshall and Stephen break down the cost of the destruction of the MCRN Donnager in James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse and what that can tell us about the future of naval warfare and planetary governance. The post The Cost of the Martian Military Industrial Complex appeared first on Androids and Assets.

Duration:00:53:16

Emissaries of Profits — “Tribunal”

2/15/2021
Consulting legal eagles from the Hugo, Girl! help us break down the Cardassian court system as we review Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s “Tribunal”. Season 2, episode 25. The post Emissaries of Profits — “Tribunal” appeared first on Androids and Assets.

Duration:01:03:51

Funding the Future with Comradery

2/1/2021
Comradery is a worker coop building for the future. It feels like science fiction but it’s fact. We’re super excited about it and invited Ty from Comradery to tell us more about it. Works Mentioned A Canticle for Leibowitz – Walter M. Miller Jr. Consider Phlebas – Ian Banks Small Gods – Terry Pratchett Fallout … Continue reading "Funding the Future with Comradery" The post Funding the Future with Comradery appeared first on Androids and Assets.

Duration:00:51:00

Emissaries of Profits — “The Collaborator”

1/23/2021
Vedek Bareil is running for Kai of Bajor but our favourite villain, Vedek Winn, sows doubt about his suitability and encourages Kira to look into his past. Kira discovers that the man she loves may have been responsible for the death of 43 Bajoran freedom fighters. Referenced Video What is Gold-Pressed Latinum worth? by EC … Continue reading "Emissaries of Profits — “The Collaborator”" The post Emissaries of Profits — “The Collaborator” appeared first on Androids and Assets.

Duration:00:44:54

Capital Crossing: New Horizons ft. Kat

1/17/2021
Animal Crossing: New Horizons took the world by storm in 2020 and continues to be a cultural touchstone. One question that gets asked over and over is whether Tom Nook is a man of the people or an oppressive capitalist exploiting your labour? We are joined this week by Kateryna Barnes to discuss the world … Continue reading "Capital Crossing: New Horizons ft. Kat" The post Capital Crossing: New Horizons ft. Kat appeared first on Androids and Assets.

Duration:00:53:44

Emissaries of Profits – “The Wire” and “Crossover”

1/9/2021
In “The Wire” Bashir and Garak explore the intricacies of addiction and effective methods for treatment. In “Crossover” we are subjected to the first mirror universe episode of Deep Space Nine. Kira and Bashir accidentally visit the mirror universe and change the course of history in an alternate world. Here’s the link to our conversation … Continue reading "Emissaries of Profits – “The Wire” and “Crossover”" The post Emissaries of Profits – “The Wire” and “Crossover” appeared first on...

Duration:00:41:33