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Tristan Palmgren has lots of thoughts, and they're *all* worth hearing. Author of The Unity series books, "Quietus" and "Terminus," Palmgren joined us this week on the podcast to shop talk such lightweight topics as time, feudalism, colonialism, and the function of genre in science fiction and fantasy. A thoughtful and wise human being, Palmgren takes the doors off of restrictive ways and means of thinking. And of course, we talk about "Star Trek"! We also talk about Carl Sagan's "Contact," Barbara Tuchman's "A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century," as well as Kim Stanley Robinson's "Antarctica," "Aurora," and "The Martians," a story collection which comments on and even inverts some of the premises of Robinson's Mars trilogy. We talk about Padme's adventures in the Galactic Senate, storytelling shortcuts, and the appropriate way to segue. You can find out more about Tristan at Tristan can also be found on Twitter with the handle @TristanPalmgren. Their feed is packed full of cutting social commentary, writerly feelings, and relatable snark. You can buy both books in The Unity series ("Quietus" and "Terminus") wherever good books are sold, and on Amazon. "Quietus" : "Terminus" : The Black Death! The Great Mortality! All the capitalized socioeconomic challenges of Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean! Interplanar anthropologists! A very confused A.I.! Lots of politlcal meddling! These are delightfully weird and wonderful books that you won't want to miss. More projects from Tristan are forthcoming! ... they just can't talk about them yet. Like our content? Our website is, and you can drop us a line at or find us on Twitter at @imaginary_pod. You can listen to our episodes on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and SoundCloud, as well as find all of our back episodes on YouTube once they have shuffled off these other earthly coils. If you would like to help support our work, you can give us a rating or review on whatever platform you use to listen to your podcasts, and if you would like to offset the costs associated with our podcast, you can support us financially at


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