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42 minutes | 6 days ago
May Day Ex-Strugatsky-ganza
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.
67 minutes | 11 days ago
Emissaries of Profits — “The Abandoned” and “Civil Defense” ft. Continuum Drag
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. Civil Defense Ben joins Jake on his job placement with O’Brien for a day. As they are working to convert an ore processing unit into a refinery. They trip a security subroutine and cause Cardassian counter rebellion measures to come into effect threatening the entire station. Continuum Drag Continuum Drag is an excellent podcast exploring the forgotten and little seen sci-fi television of yesterday.
49 minutes | 20 days ago
Currency and Colonization in The Traitor Baru Cormorant
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.
75 minutes | 25 days ago
Emissaries of Profits—”Equilibrium” and “Second Skin” Ft. Adventures in Ideology
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 Skin Kira Nerys is abducted by the Cardassians in a complex and compelling scheme to convince her she is a crypto-Cardassian and use her to unwittingly expose the leadership of the Cardassian dissident movement. Adventures in Ideology Adventures in Ideology is a new podcast that explores the the personal impacts of evangelical childhood indoctrination through the children’s radio drama Adventures in Odyssey. Candace and Charis share personal experience and critically review episodes of the Focus on The Family produced show. It is an excellent podcast and well worth your time. Steve fans will enjoy hearing more of him on the newly launched Adventures in Ideology Patreon.
58 minutes | a month ago
Lapsis: The Amazon Warehouse but for Walking
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.
85 minutes | 2 months ago
A Fiscal Crisis in the Republic
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.
55 minutes | 2 months ago
Emissaries of Profits – House of Quark
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!
72 minutes | 2 months ago
Brokerage and Banditry in Conversation with James D’Amato
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 Baru Cormorant Seth Dickenson (2015) James is the president of the One Shot Network and also has some fantastic books. You can find them here.
37 minutes | 2 months ago
Emissaries of Profits—The Dominion Introduction Arc
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.
53 minutes | 3 months ago
The Cost of the Martian Military Industrial Complex
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.
64 minutes | 3 months ago
Emissaries of Profits — “Tribunal”
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.
51 minutes | 3 months ago
Funding the Future with Comradery
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 3 and Fallout New Vegas – Bethesda Softworks Doctor Faustus – Christopher Marlowe Co-operative Alternatives Resonate – Resonate is building a new music economy based on fairness, transparency and cooperation. Ampled – Ampled allows artists to be directly supported by their community without intermediaries or gatekeepers (and is collectively owned by its artists and workers). Means TV – Means TV is the world’s first worker-owned, post-capitalist streaming service. Related Episodes Our fiftieth episode, we talked with Karl Schroeder. He talks about using technology to build a better world. We were reminded of his work while thinking about Comradery.
45 minutes | 3 months ago
Emissaries of Profits — “The Collaborator”
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 Henry
54 minutes | 4 months ago
Capital Crossing: New Horizons ft. Kat
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 of Animal Crossing and to hash out if Tom is a welcome ally or an enemy to be destroyed. Citations Loading… Volume 13 No 22, Animal Crossing Special Issue edited by Rainforest Scully-Blaker and Emily Flynn-Jones “Tom Nook, Capitalist or Comrade? On Nook Discourse and the Millennial Housing Crisis” by Emma Vossen Interview with David Harvey on debt peonage The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity by Slavoj Žižek Difference and Repetition by Gilles Deleuze
42 minutes | 4 months ago
Emissaries of Profits – “The Wire” and “Crossover”
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 with Premee Mohamed that Stephen referenced: https://androidsandassets.ca/the-dark-sciences-in-conversation-with-premee-mohamed/
60 minutes | 4 months ago
Pareto Optimizing Stars with Hugo, Girl!
Androids and Assets teams up with The Hugo Girl Podcast to review the 2018 novel The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal.
52 minutes | 4 months ago
EOP-The Maquis Part 1 and 2 Ft. Alan
The scientific application of Gun Smoke Theory (GST) is transforming the field of DS9 studies. Join us as we sit down with GST luminary and Steve’s Dad, Alan, to analyze The Maquis Parts 1 and 2.
57 minutes | 4 months ago
Children of Men AKA Christmas in Palestine with Candace
A special Christmas Episode of Androids and Assets where the boys and special guest Candace talk about the reason for the season, struggling against empire. We also recommend: Divine Intervention (2002) Dir Elia Sulieman
48 minutes | 5 months ago
Weaving Solidarity, In Conversation with C.S. Malerich
C.S. Malerich joins us to talk about her novella, The Factory Witches of Lowell, a story about an early unionization effort that gets a magical boost. The most important part of the struggle, though, is still solidarity. You can get The Factory of Witches of Lowell through our Bookshop affiliate link, we get a small kickback, if you do. Recommended Authors P. Djèlí Clark Colson Whitehead Justina Ireland Catherynne M. Valente Cadwell Turnbull Ursula K. LeGuin Octavia Butler Specific Works Mentioned China Mieville – Un Lun Dun Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar – This is How You Lose the Time War K.M. Szpara – Docile Arkady and Boris Strugatsky – Hard to Be A God
36 minutes | 5 months ago
Emissaries of Profits — “Profit and Loss” and “Blood Oath”
We talk about Season 2 episode 18 and 19 “Profit and Loss” and “Blood Oath”. Both episodes are about being a bro: what obligations do you have to other people and how do those obligations act as incentives? We also have our inaugural segment “Hey Fellas” where we talk to our bros and provide important life advice.
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