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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!

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English

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(415) 779-6736


Episodes

#359 - We Have Literary Opinions

6/27/2019
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We’re so excited about our guest pick! It’s the kickoff for our July book, and the first ever-not-in-any-way chosen by Tom or Veronica. Also we love XKCD and we love Station 11. Also Dara and Terpkristin. So much love!

Duration:00:25:24

#358 - Nebula Interview with Greg van Eekhout

6/20/2019
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Tom talks with Greg van Eekhout, author of Voyage of the Dogs and California Bones about dogs, writing from local influences, and what the Nebulas mean to him. Also Tom embarrasses himself at least twice!

Duration:00:22:33

#357 - The Last Beagle

6/20/2019
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We're excited for a trip to the Hunger Games' past and to hear Tatiana Maslany show us her Orphan Black chops again. Plus, Veronica takes on a Jim Butcher challenge and our final thoughts on The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle.

Duration:00:38:10

#356 - Greetings from Tom Merritt, Illinois

6/9/2019
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We’re cautiously pessimistic about Winds of Winter, but hey wouldn’t that be cool? Also we discover what famous authors we live in (yes, you read that right, live in) and our initial thoughts on The Last Unicorn. PLUS an astonishing announcement about next month’s pick!

Duration:00:25:09

#355 - Rebecca Roanhorse at the Nebulas!

5/30/2019
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Tom catches up with Rebecca Roanhorse, author of Trail of Lightning, to talk about writing native cultures in genre fiction and what she gets out of the Nebula conference.

Duration:00:14:38

#354 - More Than a Bookstore to Me

5/23/2019
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Tom had fun at the Nebulas, and we’re excited about the winners. We also kick off a new book, wrap up the last one and give our thoughts about the Game of Thrones finale.

Duration:00:40:43

#353 - Whiskey by Bob

5/16/2019
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Locus Award finalists! Great supplementary material for the Martian Chronicles! Why we need utopias! AI Whisky! ALL THAT AND MORE! Sorry. We're really excited about this episode. We hope you will be too.

Duration:00:28:15

#352 - The Sword Conspiracy

5/2/2019
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To Gene Wolfe! Thank you for Shadow and Claw and Pringles. Plus, William Gibson’s Alien 3, what you need to know before reading The Martian Chronicles, and our final thoughts on the vast conspiracies that make up Theft of Swords.

Duration:00:36:36

#351 - Uncanny Collateral with Brian McClellan

4/18/2019
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Brian's most recent book, Uncanny Collateral, is described (on Brian's Twitter) as "Harry Dresden meets Dog the Bounty Hunter in a fast-paced urban fantasy about a collection agent who works for the supernatural."

Duration:00:29:00

#350 - Rye-ear-ah

4/11/2019
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So many great books are nominated for Hugos. Independent Bookstore Day is coming up and the proper pronunciation of Riyria! and we kick off our impressions of the refreshing and comfy feelings we’re getting from the thoroughly enjoyable Theft of Swords.

Duration:00:30:42

#349 - Sit Down Kid, I Got This

3/29/2019
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So many books became options! We’re hopeful. Also we’re excited to read our March Madness winner, Theft of Swords. And why Dumbledore may or may not be an irresponsible headmaster.

Duration:00:37:03

#348 - Book Battle Royale

3/14/2019
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We review the final four books in our Mad March Tournament. Plus lots of great new award-winners and nominees to fill your to-read list and our continuing thoughts on our re-read of Harry Potter.

Duration:00:36:27

#347 - Interview with S.A. Chakraborty

3/6/2019
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Author S.A. Chakraborty joins us on the show to talk about the inspiration for her two recent books: The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper.

Duration:00:20:52

#346 - Accio Book Pick!

3/3/2019
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So many good TV shows based on books that we love are coming, and we even got a movie with a casting announcement that made Tom very excited! Plus, our final thoughts on The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal and the kick off of what we assume is a re-read for most of you, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling. Come on. Read it again! It’s fun! We are GO for March Madness! Head to Goodreads or find the link on swordandlaser.com to vote for your favorite...

Duration:00:35:22

#345 - Math as a Magic System w/ Mary Robinette Kowal

2/15/2019
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We chat with Mary Robinette Kowal, the author of this month’s pick, The Calculating Stars. From acknowledging and learning from your biases, to de-stigmatizing mental illness, to using math as a magic system, we had a lovely time and don’t care WHAT people would think.

Duration:00:46:37

#344 - Steamy

2/8/2019
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So many news stories! We have to speed through them but there’s some good picks from lots of award winners in there. Plus, the best pajamas ever and whether Calculating Stars is steamy!

Duration:00:32:33

#343 - Math Is Hard

1/17/2019
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We’re very pleased that the Hugo Nominations are open and we’ll keep reminding you. Also we’re pleased to discuss pairing beer with novels and pleased to look over the new Philip K. Dick award nominees. We’re pleased to be reading Ninefox Gambit too, even if it makes our brain hurt.

Duration:00:37:13

#342 - So, You're a Crow Nut?

1/3/2019
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We’re SO excited for books coming out this year, AND we award our favorite Sword and Laser reads for 2018! We finish with our final thoughts on Crows.

Duration:00:47:28

#341 - All You Need is Brain

12/20/2018
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The Sword and Laser bump returns! Also, Veronica wants to start reading comics. And we realize we need brain, but that’s all we need. Isn’t that festive!

Duration:00:37:35

#340 - No Birdy Poos

12/6/2018
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The Verge is writing SciFi for a better tomorrow, plus is Roald Dahl Fantasy? Is It's a Wonderful Life SciFi?

Duration:00:39:09