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Ep: 12 The Name of the Wind

Greetings! Welcome aboard the Orbital Sword. On this episode, we delve into the world of Fantasy as we review Patrick Rothfuss’ Name of the Wind. David, Scott, and Jim take you through the text and explore what appeals to them and what does not. This episode features not one, but two rants from David which are fun … Continue reading The post Ep: 12 The Name of the Wind appeared first on The Orbital Sword.


Ep 11: Fahrenheit 451

The Orbital Sword takes off once again to read and discuss a classic Sci-Fi novel by celebrated author Ray Bradbury. Join David, Scott, and Jim as they enter the reading room to discuss Fahrenheit 451, a story about firemen who start rather than put out fires. This story contains warnings that are as relevant today as they … Continue reading The post Ep 11: Fahrenheit 451 appeared first on The Orbital Sword.


Ep 10: Inheritance

Greetings! Join the crew of the Orbital Sword as David, Scott, and Jim take a close look at the fourth book in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycleseries, which also happens to be entitled Inheritance. Your crew will look at […] The post Ep 10: Inheritance appeared first on The Orbital Sword.


Ep 08: Star Wars: Thrawn

Join the crew of the Orbital Sword in the ship’s library to discuss Thrawn by Timothy Zahn. How does one rise to power in the Empire? Well, with ambition and political savvy! Thrawn is loaded with political intrigue, epic battles, and plenty of twists and turns while it follows the rise of one of the most ruthless characters made popular in Star Wars: Rebels! We sincerely you enjoy our review of Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn! The post Ep 08: Star Wars: Thrawn appeared first on The Orbital Sword.


Ep 08: Brisingr

Greetings and welcome aboard the Orbital Sword. In this episode, David, Scott, and Jim look at Brisingr by Christopher Paolini. As they have worked through the books to this point, it becomes apparent that Paolini’s writing has matured as well as his characters. This one is full of battles that hardly ever slow down as Eragon learns secrets about his own past and his cousin, Roran becomes a fierce warrior who deals out heavy casualties to Galbatorix’s minions. We hope you enjoy this latest...


Ep 07: Eldest

Breeze through an atmosphere of fantasy as we take a closer look at the second book of Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance cycle, Eldest. While this book moves rather slowly, there is a lot in it that sets the stage for the future conflict with the despotic ruler, Galbatorix. Eragon undergoes a change, Saphira learns, Roran comes into his own as a leader, and Nasuada rules with competence. You won’t want to miss the discussion and analysis that our crew lays down on this edition of the...


Ep 06: Navigators of Dune – Special Episode

After some mishaps with lost files and other difficulties, David, Scott and Jim have finally gotten their spice together and recorded their thoughts on the latest of the Dune series of books by Brian Herbert and Kevin J, Anderson, Navigators of Dune. Join the Orbital Sword crew as we break it down. This is a special episode that is also part of our other podcast The Dune Saga Podcast where we explored the entirety of the Dune universe in the controversial chronological order. To learn more...


Ep 05: Stranger in a Strange Land

Join the crew of the Orbital Sword as we work our way through Robert Heinlein’s 1961 science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land, the story of a young man born on Mars, raised by Martians, and brought to Earth. In 1962, this story won the Hugo Award for best novel and it has been touted by the Library of Congress to be one of 88 “Books that Shaped America” in 2012. It is a controversial novel that has been banned in school libraries, and there is no shortage of controversy between our...


04 – The Orbital Sword – New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Whether you think Climate Change and Global Warming is a real thing or not, Kim Stanley Robinson takes a look at what future life might be like in The Big Apple in his book, New York 2140. Join the crew of The Orbital Sword as we give our impressions, both positive and negative. The best part of this show is delivered in the form of a rant by one of our crew members! You won’t want to miss this edition of The Orbital Sword! As always, your feedback is welcome at,...


03 – The Orbital Sword – Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Heroes and villains and dragons, oh my! Welcome to the Orbital Sword where David, Scott, and Jim will guide you through the world of Eragon by Christopher Paolini. This is a very popular book among younger readers and has everything that should be included in a great fantasy story. Thanks for listening!


02 – The Orbital Sword – Ringworld by Larry Niven

Greetings everyone! David, Scott, and Jim are proud to bring you this installment of the Orbital Sword in which we look at Ringworld by Larry Niven. Imagine yourself in the distant future where space travel is as common as getting in your car and driving to the grocery store. Now imagine that there is a world that has been built around a star that comes complete with oceans, mountains, flora, and fauna. Millions of miles to explore! and many things that are trying to kill you. Don’t worry,...


01 – The Orbital Sword – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Welcome aboard the Orbital Sword! David, Scott, and Jim discuss the classic first book in the Hitchhiker’s series, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Join us as the guys guide you through the universe and hit every point in space/time. Whatever you do, please be sure to have your towel along and please don’t panic if you see a big yellow bulldozer outside your window, everything will be just fine as long as you have your Babel Fish in your ear before you insert your...


00 – Welcome Aboard the Orbital Sword

Welcome aboard the Orbital Sword. David, Scott, and Jim, your hosts, invite to the ship’s library where we will discuss novels in the science fiction and fantasy realm. The first novel we will be discussing is Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. You can get involved with the conversation by joining out Good Reads Group.