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Is Starfleet a Military?

How does the militarization of space raise ethical questions? Is it problematic to arrive at a first contact situation aboard a vessel bristling with armaments? And who holds the reins of decision-making when communication with civilian authorities is delayed by the vast distances of space?

Rob McKenzie rejoins us to explore these dilemmas within the universes of Star TrekBattlestar GalacticaStargate, and other sci-fi franchises.

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Riki Hayashi and Matthew Fox explore the ethical questions from the stories geeks love—superheroes, sci-fi, anime, fantasy, video games, and so much more.