Zero Squared #134: Sci-Fi Utopias and the Far Right

David Auerbach is an American writer with a background in software engineering. He has written on a variety of subjects, including social issues and popular culture, the environment, computer games and literature. In this episode we discuss an essay he wrote for the Daily Beast in September of this year entitled “The Sci-Fi Roots of the Far Right.”

I want to remind you that we’ve moved the Inside Zero Books podcast from the Zero Books blog to Patreon. This will make it easier to get the member’s only podcast on podcatchers. It also means that we’ll be repeating the first year of Inside Zero Books daily on our Patreon account. If you missed Inside Zero Books podcast the first time, or if you just want to hear the old episodes again, they’ll be available.

I want to urge you to pick up Anselm Jappe’s The Writing on the Wall, Philip Cunliffe’s Lenin Lives, and the first book in a new line of books from Zero: Neglected or Misunderstood: Introducing Theodor Adorno. The Neglected or MisUnderstood series presents philosophers of the left that are either little known or widely misread. Stuart Walton starts the series with a look at Adorno, who has been for everything from the Beatles to postmodernism

Included in this episode are clips from Barry Malzberg’s Beyond Apollo and Issac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy. The music includes the theme from The Quiet Earth.

Diet Soap Special: Borderlands Reading

Since I’m travelling on the Think the Impossible tour this week’s podcast has been preempted by a reading at Borderlands Books in San Francisco. Today I am in Chicago getting ready for a reading at the Book Cellar at 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave. If you’re in Chicago please do attend. Featured guests will include Charley Earp and Mary Anne Mohanraj.

Guests at the San Francisco reading included Terry Bisson and Daniel Coffeen and you’ll hear us discuss May ’68, utopia, and Bugs Bunny.

Promo material from Borderlands Reading:

Douglas Lain, BILLY MOON (Tor, Hardcover, $24.99) with guests Terry Bisson and Daniel Coffeen Saturday, September 7th at 3:00 pm – We are happy to welcome Douglas Lain and guests Terry Bisson and Daniel Coffeen! Doug’s new book is getting glowing reviews, including this starred Library Journal Review: “Christopher Robin Milne, aka “Billy Moon,” has never quite outlived the image of him presented to the world by his father, the illustrious A. A. Milne. After service in World War II, Christopher and his wife operate a low-key bookstore (sans the tales of a certain stuffed bear). When a French college student invites him to Paris to witness the student uprisings in 1968, Christopher accepts on a whim — and enters a scenario every bit as “magical” and much more dangerous than any from his fictional childhood. Lain’s first novel combines two unlikely topics to form a tapestry of life in the late 1960s, when Europe, as well as America, experienced the revolutionary fervor of youth. Milne’s friend and guide, Gerrard, has a curious relationship with time and space, and Milne finds himself caught up in the transient nature of both while seeking desperately to anchor himself to his real present. VERDICT – Luminous storytelling and brilliant period descriptions make this fictional biography a priceless addition to the American magical realism canon; the book should be recommended to fantasy and general fiction readers.” Doug also brings us special guests Terry Bisson and Daniel Coffeen, who will add additional depth and dimension to the conversation with their own insights on the events of 1968 and magical world-building. Don’t miss this extraordinary novel and this very special event!BORDERLANDS1