A weekly podcast exploring the hidden meaning in all our favourite science fiction and fantasy worlds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
What is Gold-Pressed Latinum worth? by EC Henry
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.
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"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
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Socialism is the cure
Science fiction is a source of the cautionary tale for this current Covid 19 crisis. Thank you Steve and Marshall for this engaging podcast.
Progress is about the future
Left-wing economic analysis of science fiction is necessary for the continued health and vibrancy of the genre. Marshall and Stephen ask important questions about the assumptions underlying great works of SFF. A must-listen.
Great addition to SFF fandom
The hosts are passionate and knowledgable about sci-fi and fantasy and pose interesting discussions. They also bring on great guests and cover a wide variety of topics within the genre.