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Audiobook Review: Infomocracy by Malka Older

21 Jul 61xsdlYecyL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_

 

A timely dive into the electoral politics and shenanigans of the future, Malka Older’s debut novel Infomocracy does a deep dive into a future where even with decentralized micro democracy, the problems of power and politics remain, even if they have altered their forms.

The monopolization of search engine technology by a company called Information has led to the atomization of society and nearly the entire world into  microdemocratic states with outposts throughout the world, or sometimes just regionally or locally.  Twenty years in, the next election, which has been previously globally dominated by one party, is being viewed with suspicion and alarm. If Heritage, the overall winner the last two election cycles, should win again, the microdemocratic trend might ossify and die on the vine. But governmental change is a scary thing, scary enough that people might take advantage of the election to push their own power plays. Continue reading

299. Sarah Kuhn (a.k.a. The Super Geek) — Heroine Complex (An Interview)

6 Jul HeroineComplex

Superheroes, and evil cupcakes, oh my!  Trish Matson and Mike Underwood join forces to explore Sarah Kuhn’s Heroine Complex. They discuss Kuhn’s approach to action and humor, the novel’s rich relationships, and even a little bit of Hamilton!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Here’s the episode (show notes are below): Continue reading

#03. The Last Command — Thrawn and On and On (A Star Wars Literary Podcast)

1 Jul The Last Command by Timothy Zahn

The trilogy ends, but the saga lives forever!  In our third episode, Kate, Rachael, and Shaun conclude the Thrawn Trilogy with a discussion of Timothy Zahn’s The Last Command and a side discussion about the origins of Rey and Rogue One (our hopes and our fears).  We discuss the politics of the narrative, explore the development of the characters, new and old, examine the politics and underlying meanings in the trilogy as a whole, the number of Ewoks found on Endor, and so much more!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Now for a poll!  If you want to help us pick the next book or series to read in the Star Wars Legends/Expanded Universe, vote on the poll below (future polls for the New Canon/Expanded Universe will also go live in the future).  Hooray for choices!

Want to suggest a book?  Think we should add a feature?  Send us an email at skiffyandfanty[at]gmail[dot]com!

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298. Sphere (1998) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”

27 Jun Sphere -- Poster 1998

Eggs, squid, and bad dreams, oh my!  Our latest listener-directed Torture Cinema episode has finally arrived.  This time, we discuss the infamous adaptation of Michael Crichton’s Sphere starring Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, and more!  At least two of us have a bit of a rant about this movie, so you should expect some pure, unadulterated Skiffy and Fanty rage in this episode!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Note:  If you have iTunes and like this show, please give us a review on our iTunes page, or feel free to email us with your thoughts about the show!

Here’s the episode (show notes are below): Continue reading

#46. Babylon 5 (Season 2; Disc 2) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

17 Jun Couldn't Help Myself --Garibaldi

Shadow beasts, Free Mars, and a giddy Londo, oh my!  In our second Babylon 5 re-watch episode of the year, Shaun, Paul, and Mike tackle the second disc of Season 2.  We discuss the show’s approach to comedy, the development of the relationship between Delenn and Sheridan, the increasing immorality of the Psi-Corp, and much more!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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