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Episode 102: James Fenimore Cooper: The Pioneers (4)

The finale to my review of "The Pioneers" by James Fenimore Cooper. It is all downhill from here. Only one more Leatherstocking Tale to go, "The Prairie".

Philip K Dick Book Club: Episode 82.4: The Cosmic Puppets (4)

 Conclusion to my review and thematic summary of Philip K. Dick's "The Cosmic Puppets". Let me know you thought of this novel.
Next time, "Eye in the Sky"

Philip K Dick Book Club: Episode 82.3: The Cosmic Puppets (3)

Part 3 of my review of "The Cosmic Puppets" by Philip K. Dick. 

Philip K Dick Book Club: Episode 82.2: The Cosmic Puppets (2)

Part two of my review of Philip K. Dick's "The Cosmic Puppets".

Philip K Dick Book Club: Episode 82.1: The Cosmic Puppets (1)

Part one of my review of "The Cosmic Puppets" by Philip K. Dick, a great novel exploring the shifting realities in our towns and cities.

Episode 101: James Fenimore Cooper: The Pioneers (3)

As we enter into the second half of James Fenimore Cooper's "The Pioneers" we find the most clear expression of Cooper's thoughts on the realtionship between pioneer society and the environment. We also find our good friend Natty in some legal trouble.

Episode 100: James Fenimore Cooper: The Pioneers (2)

In the second quarter of "The Pioneers" by James Fenimore Cooper, we get a closer look at the emerging settler society in Templetown and learn more of the deep conflict between the ethos of Leatherstocking and that of the pioneers.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 81: Pay For the Printer

In "Pay For the Printer," Dick explores the challenges of a world of technological post-scarcity as it relates to our skills and knowledge. And he imagined a 3D printer. Some really great and relevant questions are raised in this short piece.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 80: To Serve the Master

In "To Serve the Master", Dick explores the internal conflict between the work ethic and technological leisure. Which side are you on?

Episode 98: James Fenimore Cooper: The Pioneers (1)

Part one of my series on James Fenimore Cooper's "The Pioneers," the first of the Leatherstocking Tales to be written. It shows Natty Bummpo as an old trapper in Templetown, a growing frontier community. What is the place of a man like Natty in a place like this?

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 79: The Minority Report

"The Minority Report" is a bit of a Rorschach test for us. We will invariably see it as a story on police powers and survelliance, but maybe all Dick was doing was writing a tale of Cold War institutions at war.

Episode 98: James Fenimore Cooper: The Pathfinder (Finale)

My final look at James Fenimore Cooper's The Pathfinder. We say goodbye to Natty for a while, but he will be back as old man Leatherstocking in The Pioneers.

Episode 97: James Fenimore Cooper: The Pathfinder (4)

Part 4 of my review of James Fenimore Cooper's "The Pathfinder".

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 78.6: The Man Who Japed (6)

The finale of my series on Philip K. Dick's novel "The Man Who Japed".

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 78.5: The Man Who Japed (5)

Part five of my series on Philip K. Dick's novel "The Man Who Japed".

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 78.4: The Man Who Japed (4)

Part four of my series on Philip K. Dick's novel "The Man Who Japed".

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 78.3: The Man Who Japed (3)

Part three of my series on Philip K. Dick's "The Man Who Japed".

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 78.2: The Man Who Japed (2)

Part two of my series on Philip K. Dick's novel, "The Man Who Japed."

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 78.1: The Man Who Japed (1)

Part one of a series on Philip K. Dick's novel "The Man Who Japed."

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 77; Autofac

Finally we come to Philip K. Dick's clearest expression of one of his long running concepts, the "Autofac", as important today as it ever was.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 76: Human Is

"Human Is" brings an end to an informal series of Philip K. Dick short stories on adultery, beginning with "Out in the Garden", "Beyond the Door," and "Of Withered Apples".

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 75: The Mold of Yancy

In "The Mold of Yancy", Dick examines how the media can shape public perception and figures that the best way to create ideological conformity is to plague the world with banality and charming folk wisdom. A fascinating idea.

Episode 96: James Fenimore Cooper: The Pathfinder (3)

Part 3 of my comments on James Fenimore Cooper's "The Pathfinder". This is the section where Natty (Pathfinder) has his heart broken.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 74: The Chromium Fence

In the story "The Chromium Fence", Philip K. Dick explores technology and the debate over transhumanism. Are we forced to particpate in the updates of consumer goods? Windows updates for everyone.

Episode 95: James Fenimore Cooper: The Pathfinder (2)

Part 2 of my series on James Fenimore Cooper's "The Pathfinder." We end up where we began, but we have lots of fun doing it.

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