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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

#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

#318 - I Wanna Know What Love Is

3/1/2018
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Tom tries to convince Veronica to fight hate, but A Wrinkle In Time has her questioning love's power.

Duration:00:40:59

#312 - Eating Bones for Fun and Magic

12/8/2017
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#312 - Eating Bones for Fun and Magic by swordandlaser

Duration:00:35:33

#310 - Apocalypse 1870

11/9/2017
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OMG. Patrick Rothfuss is best buds with Lin-Manuel Miranda and they're doing a TV prequel to Kingkiller Chronicles, while Felicia Day plays Poppy the Dragonologist AND Amazon wants to do a Tolkien series. And that doesn't even begin to shed light on how good our book pick Doomsday Book is. But the piece de resistance of the show is one man's story of losing power and trying to read.

Duration:00:36:18

#303 - Smooth Roberator

8/17/2017
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All the best books are being adapted into TV shows and movies including Good Omens, The City and the City, Dawn, and The Fifth Season! Plus we dive into the Gunslinger and talk mostly spoiler-free about fantasy westerns. And BONUS song about our Goodreads moderator, Rob.

Duration:00:33:34

#302 - Why the Robots Need Us

8/10/2017
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We talk with author Daniel H. Wilson about his book, Clockwork Dynasty and why we might not need to fear the robots.

Duration:00:22:51

#301 - Long Days and Pleasant Nights

8/3/2017
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Hot Pie has a bakery! Ready Player One has a trailer! The Rook has a TV show! This episode has a final word on butterscotch! And the man in black has a gunslinger following him!

Duration:00:32:48

#300 - Don't Pee in the Gene Pool

7/20/2017
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Hey kids, Nnedi Okorafor has an HBO show coming, EW and Tor have LOADS of book recommendations and we love the world created by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Duration:00:40:57

#299 - NK Jemisin Says FanFic Makes Good Practice

7/13/2017
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It's windy but in among the breeze, N.K. Jemisin shares wisdom about writing, characters and wrapping up the Broken Earth Trilogy. Plus she accidentally brings up FanFic and talks about why, even though it can be more than practice, it's really good for honing your writing.

Duration:00:21:52

#298 - Don't Get Eaten By a Bear

7/6/2017
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George R. R. Martin has even more money coming his way, public domain books clean up nice, we love the Locus Award winners, and why Veronica is not allowed to let a bear eat her.

Duration:00:31:18

#297 - Haint a Plot Hole if You Ask Me

6/22/2017
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New Game of Thrones Trailer! AHHHHH! Levar Burton reading stories on a new podcast! AHHHH! Haint plot hole in the Hum and the Shiver-- ahhhhh— maybe not that big a deal?

Duration:00:36:20