E43: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic Genre Connections

In this episode, we bring together three overlapping genres and look at what they ask about human nature and what sorts of thought experiments they run. Science fiction: WHAT IF? Dystopian literature: WHAT IF WE TRIED TOO HARD? WHAT ABOUT DESPERATE TIMES AND DESPERATE MEASURES? Post-apocalyptic: WHAT IS HUMAN NATURE IF LEFT TO ITSELF? Come along for this week’s exciting adventure!

E42: Ender’s Shadow, Pt. 3 “Order of Conspicuous Merit”

This is episode 3 of 3 on Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card. We go over what Bean learns about the role of the individual in society. Many themes in Ender’s Shadow were covered in Ender’s Game, so this will be a short episode. When you are all alone, you don’t even add up to one: you need others to be fully yourself. Come along for this week’s adventure!

E41: Ender’s Shadow, Pt. 2 “A Litter of Odds and Ends”

This is episode 2 of 3 on Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card. We look at a litter of odds and ends of themes, including genetic engineering and what it means to be human, Achilles the evil genius, and religious cooperation with an aggressively secular regime. The Ender’s Game universe pushes around some interesting themes, and here we just sweep up some of them. Come along for this week’s adventure!

E40: Ender’s Shadow, Pt. 1 “No Book is Produced Individually”

This is episode 1 of 3 on Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card. In this companion novel to Ender’s Game, we really get a better look at the world conditions that produce the International Fleet world government apparatus. We look at the social conditions that allow dystopia and we examine how it is that the International Fleet was not really poised to take over, and how the Ender’s Game series shows a power choosing to turn away from creating dystopia. That, and commentary about the good old Soviet secret police. Can’t leave out the stuff about secret police!