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Episode 272: Spring Forward!

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Hello, Book Fighters! It’s a new season, and that means it’s time for a new seasonal theme: Spring Forward! For the next several week, we’ll be reading future-looking stories, books, and essays, and talking about literary visions of the future throughout various times in history. First up, we’ve got two stories from a new anthology, edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams, A People’s Future of the United States. Taking their inspiration from Howard Zinn’s famous work of populist history, LaValle and Adams put out a call for writing that imagined the future from the perspective of the oppressed, the put-upon, the discriminated-against, and the marginalized. On this week’s show we discuss two stories from the anthology, one which imagines a United States on the cusp of making slavery legal again, and one in which women’s reproductive rights have been so curtailed that teenage girls sell condoms and IUDs on street corners.

If you have suggestions for things we should check out this season, let us know! We’re not just interested in traditional science fiction, but any kind of writing that imagines a possible future (including those written long enough ago that their “futures” have already passed).

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One thought on “Episode 272: Spring Forward!

  1. I read a great review of this podcast in my college newspaper, so I decided to give it a try, and I randomly picked this episode to start. Within the first 5 minutes of the episode, one of the hosts proposed “we need 3 guys to have all the money”, and the other host referred to them as “3 really rad dudes” named “Bill and Ted.” While both “guys” and “dudes” can sometimes be used in non-gendered contexts, the use of the two masculine terms in this context, which associates the wealthiest in the world with the male gender, seems to reinforce historical gender norms and exclude non-male genders.

    I hope the hosts will be more conscious of their discriminatory word choice and consider all genders in hypothetical scenarios in future episodes, and I wish I had gotten off to a better start with this podcast.

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