E39: Ender’s Game, Pt. 3 “The Rule of the Party is For Ever”

This is episode 3 of 3 on Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. In this episode, we look at ends justifying means. The geopolitical backdrop of this novel is cynical and poised for the return of war, and in the middle of it, kids are being used as military commanders. What is the world up to? Is it even worth saving any more? What kinds of people do you get out of military training, and will they take you to utopia or dystopia? Come along for this week’s adventure!

E38: Ender’s Game, Pt. 2 “Revolutionary Vanguard”

This is episode 2 of 3 on Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. The teachers of Battle School kinda sorta have a conspiracy going, Ender’s siblings definitely have a conspiracy going, and conspiracies, as far as human history goes, are most certainly a thing. Conspiracies do not produce utopia, and conspiracies are frequently a feature producing . . . dystopia.

E37: Ender’s Game, Pt. 1 “A Drum, a Sub-machine Gun, and a Model Helicopter”

This is episode 1 of 3 on Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. We look at how this novel develops the theme of childhood, the very real difference between children and adults, choosing to grow up, and what it means when children are forced to take on adult responsibilities. Following a Starship Troopers gritty future rather than a crashed ascent to utopia, this story shows what humanity does when it is put to the test.

E36: Blade Runner, Pt. 2 with Special Guest, Maltshop

This is episode 2 of 2 on the Ridley Scott film, Blade Runner. We were lucky enough to get our guest from last week to return for another episode! We have Maltshop from Maltshop Radio Entertainment back once more. We go into the character of the Tyrell Corporation’s owner, the mind of a replicant, and an extended look at Roy Baty. Gruesome puns, discussion of human nature, and dystopia in film, join us this week to get the whole schmear!

E35: Blade Runner, Pt. 1 with Special Guest, Maltshop

This is episode 1 of 2 on the Ridley Scott film, Blade Runner. Joining us this week was guest star Maltshop from Maltshop Radio Entertainment. He brought a little extra firepower to address the riddle of Blade Runner. While the film closely follows Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, it runs off it its own direction. What is it about godlike androids and Asian steampunk dystopias that keep us coming back? Listen in to find out!