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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

#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


#309 - League of Extraordinary Ladies

10/26/2017
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We’re happy for Chuck Wendig and sad for the passing of Roy Dotrice and Julian May. And we’re also debating whether side conversations are a good literary device.

Duration: 00:44:20


#308 - A Decade of Us

10/12/2017
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That’s right, Sword and Laser has been picking and reading books for 10 years and we’re not even close to stopping. This week we discuss why you don’t need to travel to London to read Theodora Goss but it doesn’t hurt. And why we’re extra excited for Andy Weir’s Artemis.

Duration: 00:40:50


#307 - Annihilation is the new Arrival

9/28/2017
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Good Omens looks good, Annihilation looks great, our last thoughts on Helliconia Spring, and why we’re reading about monsters in October.

Duration: 00:43:57


#306 - Indentured Robotude w/ Annalee Newitz

9/19/2017
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Annalee Newitz joins us on the show to talk about her new novel Autonomous. We discuss indentured robot servitude, the archaeological digs she's digging right now, and what the future of our economy could look like!

Duration: 00:29:10


#304 - Westeros for SciFi Fans

8/31/2017
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We say goodbye to Brian W. Aldiss by reading one of his books. We respect Terry Pratchett's Steamroller wishes. And why Hey Jude is not an anachronism.

Duration: 00:45:39


#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


#296 - A Talk with James S. A. Corey

6/15/2017
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We talk to Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham, the authors that make up James S. A. Corey, about coffee, distilled and fermented beverages and making The Expanse a TV show at BayCon 2017.

Duration: 00:57:33


#295 - Don't Put Spiders on Your Head

6/8/2017
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The Hugo nominees are out and we love them all, we kick off the Hum and the Shiver with music, and a spider that looks like a sorting hat.

Duration: 00:28:38


#294 - Live at BayCon with Whiskey!

5/31/2017
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We are excited about the winner of this year's Nebula, the finalists in the Locus awards, and so many TV shows coming from our favorite books. Plus, why Neil Gaiman will read a Cheesecake Factory Menu on stage.

Duration: 00:42:28


#293 - Post-apocalyptic Protopia (w/ Cory Doctorow)

5/17/2017
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We chat with author Cory Doctorow about his new novel Walkaway, which is post-apocalyptic, but not dystopian. It's also DRM-free!

Duration: 00:30:00


#292 - Cozy Space Opera

5/11/2017
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We've got more of Game of Thrones TV coming, the Arthur C. Clarke Award nominees, and our thoughts on why The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is the opposite of epic in the best way possible.

Duration: 00:30:28


#291 - Falling Backwards into Screenwriting Success

5/3/2017
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We talk with M. R. Carey about his new book The Boy on the Bridge, and how The Girl with All the Gifts became a movie!

Duration: 00:28:08


#290 - Let’s Get Stuck in Fantasyland!

4/27/2017
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Neil Gaiman makes sure the American Gods TV show is prepared for the sequel he hasn’t even written yet, why the Invisible Library doesn’t need to change the world to be awesome, and a plea for regular folks to get back to Fantasyland.

Duration: 00:34:30

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