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!


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):


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


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


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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