S00E02. The Wild Robot

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Before the Future Came
S00E02. The Wild Robot

Content Warnings: discussion of defecation, animal injury and death, misogyny, enslavement.

With Hollywood strikes ongoing, we discuss The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. We talk about community and ownership, philosophical wildness, and Object-Oriented Ontology. We also dip into practice, found families, refrain, robots in science fiction, individuality, and cheerful pooping.

Roz the robot and Brightbill the goose look at a dead robot on the beach.
Roz the robot stands in a field covered in plants but with her eyes and silhouette clearly visible.
A container ship on the ocean, seen from a distance.

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* We believe this may be struck work under the current SAG-AFTRA strike guidelines. Our discussion of these works should not be considered promotion. Please do not view these titles on streaming services because of our citation.

**Lucy incorrectly quoted the poem in the ep. It should be “a thousand saw I at a glance,” not a million. That’s just how much Lucy likes daffodils.

Our next episode will cover the book The Collapsium by Wil McCarthy.

Before the Future Came is edited by Lucy Arnold, transcribed by Melissa Avery-Weir, and webmavened by Gregory Avery-Weir.

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