Episode 66: Live with Gary K. Wolfe!

After a sojourn due to Father’s Day, when we ran the very well received Jo Walton episode, Gary and I are are back on deck to discuss young adult science fiction, Ian McDonald, his new novel Planesrunner, Daryl Gregory and his new collection, robots and computerised houses, and a bit of waffle on the subject of Orson Scott Card and “Hamlet’s Father”. As always we hope you enjoy the podcast. See you next week!

You may also like


  1. Hi! I’m a new listener, here via Galactic Suburbia. I listened with interest to your robot discussion in this podcast, and I felt like the Robots Are Dumb position could have been usefully extended with a bit of disability analysis. Dishwashers are great, but they don’t load and and unload themselves. Nanobot house cleaners are great, but they can’t fetch and carry, or pick a person up when they fall. Something (steampunk pneumatic tubes!) that delivers something to the bedside might be great, but they can’t come with a person to the supermarket to get things off the shelves and run the self-checkouts. And we have a mechanism to make people – but people need to be paid, people don’t turn up, people get sick, and sometimes PWDs might like a little privacy, when it comes to showering and arse-wiping and pressing the buttons at the ATM.

    While there might be workarounds to some of these, I can see a theoretical role for humanoid multi-purpose mobile robots for the rich disabled folk of the future – if we get to making those before we get to fixing all medical issues ever.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *