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What exactly *is* the Prime Directive and what does it reveal about the underpinnings (and overpinnings) of science fiction and fantasy? Most people think of it as a property specifically of the STAR TREK franchise, and they're not *wrong,* exactly, but the base concept shows up again and again, or is responded to time after time, in a number of different seminal texts, from Iain M. Banks' CULTURE to STARGATE SG-1 to ALIEN to David Brin's UPLIFT. We're here to dig into the deets, and talk our way through the various troubles and triumphs of this sociopolitical notion in the genres that we love. 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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