The Gernsback Machine

An Amazing Podcast

Discussion of the world of speculative fiction and beyond by three people who oughta know better.

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Episode Seven: Eff Racism


The gang talks about the nature of swear words and how they are portrayed in science fiction. Then (because they want to get a lot of controversial subjects out of their systems in a single show?), they talk about the shock of reading old literature and discovering towards the end a racist passage. There is also an excerpt from an interview with author MJ Moores, who neither swears nor talks about racism.

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IRA NAYMAN is a science fiction writer of humorous aspect. His sixth novel, Good Intentions, was recently published by Elsewhen Press. He has just published his tenth collection of Alternate Reality News Service articles, Angels of Our Bitter Natures. He is also the very serious editor of Amazing Stories magazine.


GISELA McKAY is a sneaky creature who generally tries to disguise discussions of philosophy as pop culture. One day she may even finish that book, From Here to Trek.


A two-time Aurora Award loser, Hugh has written for On Spec, Interzone and Descant magazines as well as Shoestring Radio Theater on NPR’s Satellite Network. His books include Extreme Dentistry (2014) and Why I Hunt Flying Saucers and Other Fantasticals (2106). Hugh co-curated the National Library of Canada’s SF exhibition and was the cultural consultant for Allarcom Pay-TV’s application to the Canadian Radio and Television Commission for a specialty science fiction television channel (which they lost). Last year Hugh’s paper “Social Justice from the Twilight Zone: Rod Serling as Activist” was published in Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy which he thinks is really cool and cannot be considered any kind of a loss.

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