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Jan 13, 2022

The United States is growing more dysfunctional, and it's increasingly obvious that our political systems are designed to fail. Can we continue to exist as a unified country for another fifty years? Or will our future look like the Hunger Games, with an unrecognizable USA? To find out, we asked New York Times...


Dec 30, 2021

We're still on hiatus until the new year, so here's one of our favorite episodes from the past. Romance and science fiction have always been closely connected, but lately some of the best SF writing is in the romance genre. We talk to Alyssa Cole, author of the A.I. Who Loved Me, about the love affair between SF and...


Dec 16, 2021

Sometimes the internet feels like a bubbling cauldron of scum, but it can still make us laugh. Joining us to talk about humor in the social media age is comedian Vinny Thomas, whose video bits skewering science fiction and animal biology are wildly popular on Twitter. We talk about internet humor fails, why comedy is...


Dec 2, 2021

Social media has become one of the biggest problems of our time, so we decided to re-up one of our favorite episodes from the past. How does science fiction deal with the rise of social networks---and how is this different from the way the real-life news media talks about it? And what does the future look like...


Nov 18, 2021

A lot of science fiction takes place on other worlds, or deep in the future, and yet still contains recognizable nations and national stereotypes. In this episode, we talk about how science fiction stories are used to promote American nationalism -- and to push back against it. Plus, we're joined by author and pundit...