The Sword and Laser (Audio) show

The Sword and Laser (Audio)

Summary: 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!

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 #293 - Post-apocalyptic Protopia (w/ Cory Doctorow) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:00

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

 #292 - Cozy Space Opera | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:29

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.

 #291 - Falling Backwards into Screenwriting Success | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:08

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!

 #290 - Let’s Get Stuck in Fantasyland! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:30

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.

 #289 - Love Letter to the Solar System | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:21:24

Matthew Isaac Sobin tells how his desire to write a beautiful story about the solar system, and how the aggressive encouragement of a friend led to the story of Jonathan, the Last Machine in the Solar System.

 #288 - Slow Readers Unite! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:52

Hugo Nominees are in! The African Speculative Fiction Society nominees are in! People pressuring you to read 200 books a year are in. But us slow readers draw the line.

 #287 - You Do Like Your Alternate Londons | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:44

A SciFi book is mysteriously returned after 35 years,  at the same time a billionaire suddenly invests in brain implants and a skull begins to talk. Are these events connected somehow? Yes. They're all discussed in this episode along with Gateway by Frederick Pohl.

 #286 - Secrets of a Powder Mage | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:25:46

Author Brian McClellan talks with us about his new entry point into the Powder Mage universe, Sins of Empire, why there's no wrong order to reading his books, and his attitude toward research.

 #285 - Why You Should Like Bad Characters | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:06

Sometimes a character does stuff you hate. And that’s OK! We explain why. Plus: great space opera, women writer picks, and some guy named Tom wrote a book too.

 #284 - Living Fen’s Dream | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:05

Brittany Curran, who plays Fen on The Magicians, talks about how her childhood love of C.S. Lewis has turned into a modern-day trip to Fillory. Plus, the best way to enjoy Walt Whitman!

 #283 - The Madness Begins | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:50

The Nebula Award Nominees are out, the Gateway is in and we’re glad we traveled The Salt Roads. But most of all we’re geared up for the March Madness tournament of fantasy. Get your voting fingers clicking folks!

 #282 - Where The Salt Roads Lead | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:49

We check in on our reading of The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson, get some hints on the progress of the next Kingkiller Chronicle, and find another way to track author releases.

 #281 - Worldbuilding Through Pinterest | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:59

Bradley Beaulieu is on the show to talk about the second book in “The Song of the Shattered Sands” series called “With Blood Upon the Sand” coming February 7th. We also find out what a Pinterest board can do to build a better world!

 #280 - Good Omens for 2018 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:05

Neil Gaiman is running a new TV show and we're excited! Plus the Arrival folks are making a Larry Niven short story into a show, and indie bookstores are booming! We also kick-off Nalo Hopkinson's The Salt Roads.

 #279 - Myke Cole, Man Hunter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:25:48

Person hunter, really! He's an equal-opportunity ass-kicker. Author and fighter of crimes, Myke Cole, tells us how he got involved in the new CBS show Hunted! And, what Sam Sykes has to do with any of it.


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