In this episode of Hip Squared, we beam into two different sci-fi worlds. Troy talks about the recent Netflix series, Love, Death and Robots. This is an anthology series with 18 different stories that are about 10 to 20 minutes long. As you may have guessed from the title, each episode involves love, death and/or robots. Each episode also has its own animation style. Troy warns us that some of the episodes can be intensely sad, but that didn’t take away from his enjoyment of the series. John says that for his own emotional well-being, he wouldn’t want to end on one that’s a “downer”. Listen for some specifics about a few different episodes. If you enjoy anthology series and sci-fi, this may be one for you.
Then John talks about the novel Star Trek Section 31: Rogue written by Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin. This novel follows the Next Generation crew of the Enterprise on a diplomatic mission to the planet Chiaros IV. Seemingly in the midst of an election to choose to become a part of the Federation or Romulan Star Empire, this world soon becomes the setting of espionage and adventure. Did these last two sentences make little sense to you? We get it. That’s why John breaks it down for the initiated and uninitiated alike. The novel draws parallels between the Star Trek universe and our own world’s rule bending and rule breaking intelligence agencies. Dive into this book at warp speed if you’re a Star Trek fan or like science fiction spy stories.
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