I have a podcast, with Ada Palmer, it’s called Ex Urbe Ad Astra (from the city to the stars) and on it we discuss books and history and writing and all kinds of things.

Novelist and political scientist Malka Older, author of Infomocracy, shares Ada’s interest in the political systems. With Jo Walton providing examples from the history of F&SF, they discuss speculative politics, historical disaster response, and how populations can respond to their needs.

Malka Older’s website and visit her on Twitter: @m_older

Read the first five chapters of Infomocracy

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Books Discussed in This Episode, compiled by Moti of The Argo Bookshop, Montreal.

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