The Sword and Laser (Audio)

The Sword and Laser (Audio)

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Read along with the Sword and Laser book club! From classic science fiction to the latest gritty fantasy, we cover it. Subscribe for book discussions, author interviews, hot releases, and news from the genre fiction world!

Episodes

#273 - Han Solo’s Big Sister  

We are optimistic for Dune, excited for The Expanse, and hopeful for Stranger in a Strange Land. But we’re certain of what we want Emilia Clarke to be in the Han Solo movie.

#272 - Best Cats and Dogs of SciFi  

We congratulate Brandon Sanderson and the World Fantasy Award winners and try to calibrate the futuristic violence for you. The fancy suits calibrate themselves.

#271 - Awkward Jinni Conversations  

We discover that some people's names just don't work as awards. We're excited about a site full of fictional timelines. And we ponder troubling jinni paternity questions.

#270 - Be a Cat Burglar for Good!  

We don't want you to steal cats (not even books, really), just to take home the exhibit from the Museum of Science Fiction. We'll explain! Plus, you must cast your vote for the classic or the new! Will you vote against Veronica?

#269 - Artisinal Analog Tree-Sourced Reading Material  

We look for authors who satisfy like Scalzi, find out how dirty the new dirty editions of The Magicians are and discuss an ethical question regarding library books.

#268 - "Underrated" is Not a Dirty Word  

We praise the underrated and print books, and we get into the dog-eat-dog world of Fire Upon the Deep!

#267 - We Pick the Best Wizard School  

The Hugos are in, for 2016 and 1941! And although the Thorn of Emberlain is delayed, we understand. We also pick our favorite wizard school and wrap up The Last Wish.

#266 - Are You Reading Too Much?  

This week we dive into our (non-spoilery) thoughts on the Witcher and get excited about a movie based on Ted Chiang's story and a TV series based on George R. R. Martin's Wild Cards. But Brad poses a question about how one tells if they're reading too much.

#265 - Zombies and LARPers: The Nerdist Inkshares Winners!  

We talk with Dave Barrett, author of Inkshares book It's All Fun and Games and Zac Linville author of Inkshares book Welcome to Deadland. One has zombie-like inhabitants based on theme park patrons and the other finds a LARP outing becoming all too real.

#264 - Will the Real Witcher Please Stand Up  

We have an excellent conversation about great character names and revel in the news of rising print book sales. But the big question is, which Witcher is canon?

#263 - When to Judge a Book by its Cover  

We're excited about American Gods. We have mixed feelings about Time Traders. And we definitely understand why you might have to judge a book by its cover, but there's a good reason to try not to. Except in one particular case.

#262 -  G. Derek Adams Breaks The Rules, And You Win!  

G. Derek Adams, author of Asteroid Made of Dragons, knows his title is over the top. He meant it that way, and it's part of the genius of his stories. Find out which rules he breaks, why, and how it made for a wonderful cast of characters in a fascinating world.

261 #261 - The Restaurant At The End Of The Barnes & Noble  

Looks like your old bookstore is getting into fancy dinners, plus the rise of book-based card games and how Time Traders proves you live in the wrong time.

#260 - Why Young Adult Is For Everyone W  Fran Wilde  

Fran Wilde talks to us about Updraft, how she was inspired to create the bone city, and why she doesn't mind the young adult label but it doesn't always mean what people say it means.

#259 - The Adventures Of The Giant Space Hedgehog  

American Gods nails the casting, John W. Campbell Award nails the nominees, and we nail the true origin of the world of Updraft as we wrap up this month's book pick. OK, we're probably wrong about the hedgehog (but we do wrap up Updraft).

#258 - When To Worry About The Singularity W  Ramez Naam!  

Ramez Naam talks about his Nexus trilogy, nanotechnology, and when to worry about AI getting too smart!

#257 - Shakespeare Was A Genre Writer  

You may be surprised to learn Gillian Anderson's role in American Gods. You may be surprised that China did not previously have official SciFi awards. But you should not be surprised at all to think of Shakespeare as an SFF author.

#256 - Interview With Hardcore Game Of Thrones  

We talk with Jason Greene and Alex Berg from Hardcore Game of Thrones, a show that tells the history of Westeros in the style of Dan Carlin's Hardcore History.

#255 - Just The One Planet  

We are excited for a new space opera from John Scalzi, not new but awesome Nebula Award winners, and we get teary-eyed over an A.I. as we wrap up Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora.

#254 - Wheel Of Boobies  

Wheel of Time is getting a TV series and Veronica has one thing (well, more than one thing) that she expects to see. Would that make it the "boob tube?" (Ed. note -- Jesus, Tom... c'mon) Meanwhile we discuss how Aurora masterfully balances hard science and literary storytelling.

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