It took a couple weeks of planning and schedule jockeying, but K.W. Ramsey and I were finally able to sit down to record an extended length podcast on military science fiction.
What could be finer than two white guys talking about the quintessential post-colonial white guy sub-genre? Am I right?
Seriously though, we begin the discussion by drawing upon Damien Walter’s Guardian piece on overly simplistic military science fiction. From there we jump back and forth between military SF on film and in literature. As with most ninety minute discussions, nothing gets resolved, but I think we come up with a few decent ideas on how military SF can evolve to reflect a slightly less antiquated world view.
Topics under discussion include,
- The ideology of the Federation and Starfleet’s role therein; also that time David Nickle trolled us on facebook about Cumberbatch’s character in STiD
- David Weber’s love affair with the 19th century and why military SF at large needs to get past the British Empire
- John Scalzi as the wild card of military SF – also included there is the story of the first time I met Scalzi and went from zero to fanboy in eight seconds.
- Mr. Ramsey’s very compelling theory on why I think Ender’s Game is a crap novel
- A discussion on how to responsibly consume art when the artist is a horrible person
- Robert Heinlein, kooky but honest
- How Pacific Rim does military SF in a slightly different sort of way
- Class and education as factors in crafting protagonists in military SF
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