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The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club and podcast, started by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. Join us as we talk about the biggest news in SFF, interview authors, and discuss the most recent book picks!

The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club and podcast, started by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. Join us as we talk about the biggest news in SFF, interview authors, and discuss the most recent book picks!
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United States

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The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club and podcast, started by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. Join us as we talk about the biggest news in SFF, interview authors, and discuss the most recent book picks!

Language:

English

Contact:

(415) 779-6736


Episodes

#338 - Hygge Punk

11/15/2018
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Tom inadvertently affects a listener feud, the truth about George R. R. Martin and why we think Zeroes is number 1.

Duration:00:32:54

#337 - Hackers, but Bears

10/26/2018
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Well we are certainly interested in Molly Gloss after that Ursula K. Leguin blurb, we’re mad on behalf of Chuck Wendig, each for different reasons, and coincidentally Zeroes by Chuck Wendig is our next pick. Plus we wrap up the journey that is Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country.

Duration:00:40:34

#336 - Optional Excitement

10/11/2018
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We're excited for optioned TV series for Circe and Dresden Files even if they are just options. Also we brainstorm Type 3 civilizations and female gearheads.

Duration:00:28:00

#335 - Do You Know the Way to Slan Jose?

9/27/2018
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Gorgeous LeGuin books, more Bobiverse! and our final take on Slan.

Duration:00:35:57

#334 - Is it a Slan Dunk?

9/13/2018
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We’re excited for TV with Henry Cavill as Geralt, and maybe even some Witchlands! Plus our initial non-spoilery impressions of this month’s book, Slan.

Duration:00:26:49

#333 - Getting Timeless with R. A. Salvatore

9/3/2018
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We talk to author R. A. Salvatore about his new book Timeless, and also how he feels these days about Chewbacca, Dungeons and Dragons and more. Timeless is out September 4. Pick it up in the Salvastore!

Duration:00:27:26

#332 - Losers and Lovin' It

8/30/2018
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We lost the Hugos and it was AWESOME! Plus we have great news about a new novel coming from Rivers Solomon, and a new ebookstore from Wal-Mart. Plus we kick off Slan by A. E. van Vogt and our final thoughts on Jade City.

Duration:00:26:24

#331 - Where Have All the Good Guys Gone?

8/16/2018
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SFF readers have more mature relationship views. It's science. And hey! We're still Hugo-nominated! Will we stay that way or become winners? Who can say? But we have other things to say, like what we think of Jade City by Fonda Lee.

Duration:00:34:25

#330 - Best Jade Plans

8/2/2018
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The Tor vs. Library saga continues, we're pumped for the World Fantasy Award nominees, and the serendipity of reading a book about the place you are at while you're reading it. Trust us. It will make sense in the show.

Duration:00:30:28

#329 - Mad Love for Dog

7/19/2018
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We're excited about new monsters and solarpunk but mostly we're excited about Mortal Engines! Except for all the murder.

Duration:00:38:25

#328 - SUPERCOMBO TEAMUP!

7/5/2018
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We team up with Mallory and Brea from Reading Glasses for a supercollaboration with reading advice, emails, and discussion of Mortal Engines.

Duration:01:03:31

#327 - Real Housewives of the Aegean

6/21/2018
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Why we think Amazon may have been cribbing off us, the reality TV connection to ancient Greece, and the raging 2X audiobook debate speeds along.

Duration:00:35:40

#326 - Slow Down, Readers!

6/14/2018
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A database of all the stories, Stranger Things enters the tie-in book world, a debate about speed-listening, and what Veronica REALLY thinks about Zeus.

Duration:00:40:31

#325 - Mythology Ideology

5/31/2018
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We're very excited about the Expanse coming back and Gail Carriger's plans and that the "What are we drinking" segment got a good review! Plus the different takes on mythology from our two latest book picks.

Duration:00:48:57

#324 - Brian McClellan Knows When to Deus that Ex Machina

5/17/2018
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Brian McClellan joins us to talk about his latest book, Wrath of Empire (second book in the Gods of Blood and Powder series). Plus we find out why he may not want to time travel, and what his writing kryptonite is!

Duration:00:27:29

#323 - Demon Mythology

5/10/2018
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So many awards! Locus, Scribe, Parsec, oh my! Plus why we think maybe it's OK to read the 21 books you shouldn't read, and we kick off Tanith Lee's amazing Night's Master.

Duration:00:34:21

#322 - Analysis Paralysis

4/25/2018
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Have you ever walked into a book store and just froze? Us too. We'll talk you through it. Plus we announced the May book pick and Tanith Lee fans will be happy! Because it's by Tanith Lee! Also the wrap-up for We Are Legion (We are Bob).

Duration:00:39:04

#321 - What is Camp? Baby Don't Yurt Me

4/13/2018
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We are SO excited to be nominated for the Hugos! Thank you! Also the return of the Expanse and why Amazon will spend $1 billion on a Middle Earth show.

Duration:00:33:00

#320 - We are Sword (We are Laser)

3/29/2018
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The March tournament was so much fun, and in the end we'll read We Are Legion (We Are Bob) which is an appropriately fun book. We also talk about other podcasts that are cool to listen to, plus our last thoughts on the beautiful complexity of An Unkindness of Ghosts.

Duration:00:45:54

#319 - An Unkindness of Blurbs

3/15/2018
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More Pratchett TV coming, and more Rothfuss books? Plus more deep discussion about an Unkindness of Ghosts, including why blurbs may lead you astray.

Duration:00:40:04