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The Simulacra

7/9/2018
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Continuing my solo run through every Philip K Dick novel, I discuss The Simulacra. I talk about celebrity politicians, Clinton, Merkel and Macron as images, politics as cause and effect, how ideology requires complicity and more. Utopian Horizons is a podcast about utopias, real and imaginary. Each episode covers a different utopia, dystopia, utopian thinker, or utopian movement, asking what they can tell us about ourselves, our society, and our future. Music: The Fiction of Utopian...

Duration:00:53:26

The Angel of the Revolution

6/6/2018
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Duncan Bell joins the podcast to talk about The Angel of the Revolution, a novel about a socialist revolution brought about by the invention of a flying ship. We discuss the end of war, racial utopias, the slipperiness of the term "anglo-saxon", invasion fiction and more. Utopian Horizons is a podcast about utopias, real and imaginary. Each episode covers a different utopia, dystopia, utopian thinker, or utopian movement, asking what they can tell us about ourselves, our society, and our...

Duration:00:44:32

Strange Days

5/10/2018
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Anna McFarlane returns to the podcast to talk about 1995 film Strange Days. We talk about the Rodney King incident, representations of race, history vs nostalgia, the film's innovative use of first-person perspective, the commodification of memory, and more. Utopian Horizons is a podcast about utopias, real and imaginary. Each episode covers a different utopia, dystopia, utopian thinker, or utopian movement, asking what they can tell us about ourselves, our society, and our future. Music:...

Duration:00:56:14

Silicon Valley and the Libertarian Apocalypse

4/21/2018
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Writer Mark O'Connell joins the podcast to talk about how Silicon Valley billionaires are preparing for the apocalypse in New Zealand and their attempts to become immortal. Utopian Horizons is a podcast about utopias, real and imaginary. Each episode covers a different utopia, dystopia, utopian thinker, or utopian movement, asking what they can tell us about ourselves, our society, and our future. Music: The Fiction of Utopian Studies/The Road To Oceania by The Fucked Up Beat.

Duration:00:47:09

Robocop

4/4/2018
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I pull out an emergency podcast on Robocop. I talk about privatisation, the film's contradictory representations of the cyborg, gentrification and more. Utopian Horizons is a podcast about utopias, real and imaginary. Each episode covers a different utopia, dystopia, utopian thinker, or utopian movement, asking what they can tell us about ourselves, our society, and our future. Music: The Fiction of Utopian Studies/The Road To Oceania by The Fucked Up Beat.

Duration:00:34:02

Martian Time-Slip

2/7/2018
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Continuing the Philip K. Dick series, I look at Martian Time-Slip. I talk about space colonisation, Elon Musk, institutionsas systems, labelling as an exercise of power, mental health and anti-psychiatry. Utopian Horizons is a podcast about utopias, real and imaginary. Each episode covers a different utopia, dystopia, utopian thinker, or utopian movement, asking what they can tell us about ourselves, our society, and our future. Music: The Fiction of Utopian Studies/The Road To Oceania by...

Duration:00:35:09

Bioshock Infinite

1/17/2018
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Marijam Didzgalvyte joins the podcast to talk about the floating utopian/dystopian city of Columbia, the setting of the videogame Bioshock Infinite. We talk about racism, horseshoe theory, real Bioshock villains, and more. Utopian Horizons is a podcast about utopias, real and imaginary. Each episode covers a different utopia, dystopia, utopian thinker, or utopian movement, asking what they can tell us about ourselves, our society, and our future. Music: The Fiction of Utopian Studies/The...

Duration:00:56:34

The Man in the High Castle

12/23/2017
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The Philip K Dick series continues with The Man in the High Castle. I talk about the novel's affirmation of the utopian drive, colonial power dynamics, and more. Utopian Horizons is a podcast about utopias, real and imaginary. Each episode covers a different utopia, dystopia, utopian thinker, or utopian movement, asking what they can tell us about ourselves, our society, and our future. Music: The Fiction of Utopian Studies/The Road To Oceania by The Fucked Up Beat.

Duration:00:45:28

The Black Panther Party

10/24/2017
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Joshua Bloom, co-author of the book Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party, joins the podcast to talk about the Black Panther Party. We talk about how the Black Panthers came to be, their ideas, their tactics, and much more. Utopian Horizons is a podcast about utopias, real and imaginary. Each episode covers a different utopia, dystopia, utopian thinker, or utopian movement, asking what they can tell us about ourselves, our society, and our future. Music:...

Duration:00:59:17

Neuromancer & Cyberpunk

9/8/2017
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William Gibson's genre defining cyberpunk novel, Neuromancer, is the subject of this episode. Joining me to talk cyberspace, posthumanism and corporate power is Dr Anna McFarlane. Utopian Horizons is a podcast about utopias, real and imaginary. Each episode covers a different utopia, dystopia, utopian thinker, or utopian movement, asking what they can tell us about ourselves, our society, and our future. Music: The Fiction of Utopian Studies/The Road To Oceania by The Fucked Up Beat.

Duration:00:59:00

A Modern Utopia

8/1/2017
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HG Wells' novel A Modern Utopia is the subject of this episode. Science fiction writer and academic Adam Roberts joins me to talk about its good ideas, like a UBI, and its bad ones, like eugenics. Utopian Horizons is a podcast about utopias, real and imaginary. Each episode covers a different utopia, dystopia, utopian thinker, or utopian movement, asking what they can tell us about ourselves, our society, and our future. Music: The Fiction of Utopian Studies/The Road To Oceania by The...

Duration:00:57:10

Kamikaze '89

7/20/2017
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Sean McTiernan from the film podcast All Units joins me to talk about a bizarre German dystopian film called Kamikaze '89. We discuss leopard skin suits, self censorship, mindfulness, the prolific Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and more. Utopian Horizons is a podcast about utopias, real and imaginary. Each episode covers a different utopia, dystopia, utopian thinker, or utopian movement, asking what they can tell us about ourselves, our society, and our future. Music: The Fiction of Utopian...

Duration:00:58:58

An Introduction to Utopia

3/18/2017
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Fátima Vieira from the University of Porto joins the podcast to talk about what utopia is, where the word comes from, dystopias, why utopianism is important today, and much more. Utopian Horizons is a podcast about utopias, real and imaginary. Each episode covers a different utopia, dystopia, utopian, or utopian movement, asking what they can tell us about ourselves, our society, and our future. Music: The Fiction of Utopian Studies/The Road To Oceania by The Fucked Up Beat.

Duration:00:50:51