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Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 73: Surface Raid

In "Surface Raid," Philip K. Dick explores posthumanism in ways similiar to that of "Planet for Transients," but with deeper themes and emotional punch. Who is going to reclaim the earth after a war? What role will technology play? Will war divide humanity into different species?

Episode 94: James Fenimore Cooper: The Pathfinder (1)

In "The Pathfinder", James Fenimore Cooper picks up just a few months after the events of "The Last of the Mohicans". We see Natty Bummpo up to his old games, helping guide people to forts in the midst of war.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 72: Psi-Man Heal My Child!

In this story, Philip K. Dick comes close to presenting a general theory of the post-human. Are they a threat? Are they the future? Are they are comrades? Are they outsiders? 

Episode 93: James Fenimore Cooper: The Last of the Mohicans (4)

And now, the finale of James Fenimore Cooper's "The Last of the Mohicans".

Episode 92: James Fenimore Cooper: The Last of the Mohicans (3)

Part 3 of my review of James Fenimore Cooper's "The Last of the Mohicans".

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 71: Service Call

Do consumer goods control our minds? How does mass media, radio, or just the products in your hope affect your ideology? These are some of the questions explored in Philp K Dick's story, "Service Call".

Episode 91: James Fenimore Cooper: The Last of the Mohicans (2)

Part two of my review of James Fenimore Cooper's "The Last of the Mohicans". In this episode we learn more about one of the best villans in early U.S. history, the Huron warrior Magua.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 70: The Hood Maker

Just in time for the U.S. release of the episode of "Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams" comes my thoughts on the 1955 story. (Plus a few words on the episode.)

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 69: Captive Market

An important shift in Philip K. Dick's views of the posthuman emerge in the tale "Captive Market." Rather than being a threat to a humanity or the next stage in human development, the posthuman is just a petty, greedy, and vile capitalist.

Episode 90: James Fenimore Cooper: The Last of the Mohicans (1)

In thie episode we begin out look at the second of James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales, the epic adventure story "The Last of the Mohicans."

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 68: Nanny

In "Nanny", Philip K Dick explores child rearing and automation. What will the robotics revolution mean for raising children? Can robots do a better job than distracted and flawed adults?

Episode 89: James Fenimore Cooper: The Deerslayer (5)

And now the conclusion to James Fenimore Cooper's "The Deerslayer."

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 67: Foster You’re Dead

What is the relationship between war and consumerism? What was the impact on children of the Cold War-era brinkmanship? To what degree is totalitarianism defined by our freedom of choice to buy or not buy products? These are some of the questions exposed in Dick's story "Foster You're Dead"

Episode 88: James Fenimore Cooper: The Deerslayer (4)

In this section of my review of "The Deerslayer", I discuss torture and the morality of denying marriage. As the Deerslayer is on "furlough" from his captivity,all of the characters must make important decisions and their solidarity is put to variosu tests.

 

Episode 87: James Fenimore Cooper: The Deerslayer (3)

In this episode, we dive deeper into James Fenimore Cooper's novel "The Deerslayer": a ransom, a rescue, and a kidnapping.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 66: War Veteran

The Philip K. Dick Book Club moves onto 1955. In "War Veteran" Dick plays with time travel and conspiracies and the ongoing conflict between Earth and the colonies.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 65: Strange Eden

And now for a story I really do not like, "Strange Eden". "Strange Eden" is a story of ancient alien explorers mixed with some mighty strange sexual politics.

Episode 86: James Fenimore Cooper: The Deerslayer (2)

In this episode I look at chapters 7 through 12 of James Fenimore Cooper's novel, "The Deerslayer." In this section, the Deerslayer, Natty Bummpo, makes his first kill and the mystery of the box of pirate treasure is examined.

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