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Book-Space! #20. Autonomous

Wee Aquinas kinda liked the robot sex, actually.

Ever developed a robust opinion about the possibility of intercourse with a robot? And we’re not talking about conversation here. Neither had Summer,  Brock, or Dan. Good thing we read Autonomous by Annalee Newitz! Now we’re bubbling over with perspectives on robo-love, pharmaceutical monopolies, and how to make pharma pirates seem boring. Listen here or download here.

Next time, we’re voyaging beyond the solar system in Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir.

Book-Space! #19. Seven Surrenders

Wee Aquinas really dug the part where secular humanism implodes.

If our last episode left you confused, today we’re doubling down! Twice the confusion! Double! Times two! Continuing the futuristic saga of a golden age on the brink of disaster, we discuss unreliable narrators, miracles real and invented, and what happens when you name your sniper character Sniper. Come along as we dive into Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer. Listen here or download here.

Next time, we’ll be dipping into something friendly and light with Autonomous by Annalee Newitz.

Book-Space! #18. Too Like the Lightning

Wee Aquinas didn't like the part where world religions were confined to reservations. I thought that part was funny.

At last! A book written for Dan and nobody else. Join Brock, Summer, and Dan as we discuss utopias, renaissances, and golden ages, along with theology, miracles, and messiahs both unapproachable and childlike. It’s Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer. Listen here or download here.

Next time, we’ll be reading Seven Surrenders, also by Ada Palmer.

Book-Space! #17. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Wee Aquinas feels as though he's been here before... Sorry, just some time loop humor.

The problem with time loops is the time. Also the loops. Join Brock, Summer, and Dan as we discuss Groundhog Days, philosophy of mind, and how many male voices can fit into a single synopsis. It’s The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton! Listen here or download here.

Next time, we’ll be reading Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer.

Book-Space! #16. A Memory Called Empire

This is basically just my attempt to talk to Cole more.

This month on the Space-Biff! Book-Space!, Brock, Summer, and Dan are joined by Cole Wehrle to discuss civilization, colonization, and memory transfer from A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine! Listen here or download here.

Next time, we’ll be reading The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.

Book-Space! #15. Ancillary Justice

Wee Aquinas is wondering if the decision to let the Book-Space! and Space-Cast! occupy the same channel will bite him in the ass. The thing is, though, each channel costs extra money. Like, come on. Extra money.

What does a hive mind do when it’s no longer a hive mind? Rent a helicopter, of course. Join Brock, Summer, and Dan as we discuss Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, and chat about colonial empires, undying rulers, and pronouns. Listen here or download here.

Next time, we’ll be talking about A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine.

Book-Space! #14: All the Birds in the Sky

"Not enough birds." —review by Wee Aquinas

Magic and technology. Technology and magic. Forces as old as… well, one of them is older than the other, but they’ve both got a few winters under their belt. Join Brock, Summer, and Dan as we discuss All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. Featuring Bay Area relationship problems, a benevolent social media network (suspension of disbelief broken) and a special guest appearance by Elon Musk. Listen here or download here.

Next time, we’ll be talking about Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie.

Book-Space! #13: The Calculating Stars

"The first space book to feature literally half a page about space!" —Publisher's Book List Blurb

We’re going to the moon! Maybe! Join Brock, Summer, and Dan as we discuss Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Calculating Stars, a futuristic take on the sexism, racism, and other -isms of the 1950s space program. Expect high stakes, bad takes, and more rocket euphemisms than you can shake your Atlas launch vehicle at. Listen here or download here.

Next month, join in as we read All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders!

Book-Space! #12: Master of Sorrows

A destiny unfulfilled. A cursed missing arm. A teenager filled with angst. You've never read epic fantasy like this before. Maybe.

In our first swing at a truly massive epic fantasy, Brock, Summer, and Dan discuss how to name your weapon, whether Brock would amplify ableism in order to solve racism and sexism, and why you shouldn’t go steady with someone who’s been radicalized by YouTube. In other words, it’s Master of Sorrows by Justin Call! Listen here or download here.

Next month, join us as we read The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal!

Disclaimer: All three of us know Justin Call personally. He gave us a copy of his book. Just so you know, even though this isn’t really a review.

Book-Space! #11: Trail of Lightning

Build walls, flood the land, and ride the lighting; or, the episode in which Brock, Summer, and Dan talk about living gods, life on the reservation, and how Rebecca Roanhorse portrays a post-apocalyptic (but current-renaissance) Navajo nation in Trail of Lightning. Listen here or download here.

Next month, we’re reading Master of Sorrows by Justin Travis Call.