E21: A Canticle for Leibowitz, Pt. 1 “Fragment of the Abolished Past”

This is episode 1 of 3 on A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. In this episode, we go over “Fiat Homo”, the first section of the book in which the monks are seeking to hold on to humanity against the new Dark Age in the post-nuclear holocaust of the Flame Deluge. Can religion do anything to save humans struggling against dystopia and a post-apocalyptic setting? What if death visits the good guys too? Find out on this week’s episode!

E20: Dystopia So Far “Dust from Its Mouthpiece”

Themes in dystopia so far. We look at the time a dystopian story is told (soon after founding, far into future), the questions asked by dystopia (variations on what it means to be human), and the ways in which humanity is twisted. Whatever the bright future is supposed to be for humanity, individuals get the short end of the stick.

E19: The Handmaid’s Tale, Pt. 3 “Venomous Orthodoxy”

This is episode 3 of 3 on The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. We look a little more at what religion is like in The Handmaid’s Tale, and we take a closer look at the fictional academic lecture that closes the book. Dystopia erases the individual, hypocrisy is a positive virtue, and enlightenment is relative.

E18: The Handmaid’s Tale, Pt. 2 “Our Duty to the Party”

This is episode 2 of 3 on The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. In this episode we look at the reduction of men and women to their gender, the totalitarian wiping out of individuality, and what it means particularly for women to get the bad end of the deal. It’s not about power or control, it’s not about who you get to hurt, it’s about what you are able to demand and receive forgiveness for doing.