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How obsessed *are* we with the fall of the Roman Empire? Well, if you've spent much time with science fiction and fantasy, you might think VERY. VERY, VERY OBSESSED. Join us this week for a bunch o' cool thoughts about empires, specifically toppling ones, and the square footage they occupy in our favorite genres. What are they doing there? What can science fiction and fantasy offer an author who's tackling questions of empire that other genres maybe can't? What was up with Tolkien and Rome? Are empires analogous to LGBTQIA+ identities? WE HAVE THOUGHTS. SO MANY THOUGHTS. After you listen to this episode, which features an abundance of background noise and laggy bits thanks to an experimental recording session in a backwoods Idaho cabin (as well as, frankly, cats just being jerks as normal), you should totally read these three essays if you can find them: 1) "Science Fiction and Empire" by Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. (2003) 2) "The Course of Empire: A Survey of the Imperial Theme in Early Anglophone Science Fiction" by David Seed (2010) 3) "Alien Bodies and a Queer Future: Sexual Revision in Octavia Butler’s 'Bloodchild' and James Tiptree, Jr.’s 'With Delicate Mad Hands'" by Amanda Thibodeau (2012) 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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