Episode Three – 5 August 2016

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Welcome to our episode three of Magical Space Pussycats! Thank you so much, returning listeners, for coming back to us, and for new listeners – welcome! We’re a speculative fiction book club, news, and chat show and we’re delighted you’re here. In this episode, we go in-depth on our read of Pat Cadigan’s Synners, talk about how terrifying robot personhood could be, and finish it up (as always!) by telling you what we’re currently reading!

Links:

Synners on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/304806.Synners

Tor.com’s “Great Sci-Fi and Fantasy Booktubers to Follow”: http://www.tor.com/2016/07/26/booktube-sci-fi-fantasy-sff-channels-to-follow

Uncanny Magazine’s Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lynnemthomas/uncanny-magazine-year-three-the-space-unicorn-flie

“Why Are the Worlds of Fantasy Romance so Grim” from FantasyFaction: http://fantasy-faction.com/2016/why-are-the-worlds-of-fantasy-romances-so-grim#utm_source=feed&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=feed

Electronic Personhood discussion on AFutureWorthThinkingAbout: http://www.afutureworththinkingabout.com/?p=5030

Electronic Personhood proposal: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-robotics-lawmaking-idUSKCN0Z72AY

“Artificial Intelligence’s White Guy Problem”: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/opinion/sunday/artificial-intelligences-white-guy-problem.html?smid=tw-share&referer

Encoding Bias discussion at the MIT Technology Review: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602025/how-vector-space-mathematics-reveals-the-hidden-sexism-in-language/

What We’re Reading Now (Other Than the Lady Vaults):

Chelsea

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/887877.Red_Seas_Under_Red_Skies

 

Imprudence by Gail Carriger: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12799435-imprudence?ac=1&from_search=true

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10874177-etiquette-espionage?ac=1&from_search=true

Kaitlin

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26114463-nevernight?ac=1&from_search=true

The Fox by Sherwood Smith: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/222838.The_Fox?ac=1&from_search=true

Elizabeth:

The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23281789-the-book-of-phoenix?from_search=true

Way Down Dark by J.P. Smythe: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25202767-way-down-dark?ac=1&from_search=true

 

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