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A weekly podcast exploring the hidden meaning in all our favourite science fiction and fantasy worlds.

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A weekly podcast exploring the hidden meaning in all our favourite science fiction and fantasy worlds.

    Emissaries of Profits—The Dominion Introduction Arc

    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.

    • 37 min
    The Cost of the Martian Military Industrial Complex

    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.

    • 53 min
    Emissaries of Profits — “Tribunal”

    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.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Funding the Future with Comradery

    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.

    • 51 min
    Emissaries of Profits — “The Collaborator”

    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

    • 44 min
    Capital Crossing: New Horizons ft. Kat

    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

    • 53 min

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Science fiction is a source of the cautionary tale for this current Covid 19 crisis. Thank you Steve and Marshall for this engaging podcast.

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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.

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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.

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