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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  • Artist: Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont
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 #262 - G. Derek Adams Breaks The Rules, And You Win! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:25

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:28

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:01

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:38:37

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! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:50

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

 #257 - Shakespeare Was A Genre Writer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:59

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:47

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:04

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:33

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.

 #253 - A Tale Of Two Styles | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:50

The Hugos are out! We leave the drama to the side for this one and celebrate the novel nominees. But we didn't waste the drama... we just saved it for our evaluations of TV show and movie-based SFF books! We even brought a little to season our conversation about The Fifth Season and A Darker Shade of Magic. It's OK to like different styles of writing, folks!

 #252 - Andrew Mayne's Magical Writing Secrets | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:55

Magician and TV star Andrew Mayne has managed to become a successful published author. How? Not magic. Well some magic. But magic isn’t required. Plus Tom loves his latest novel Station Breaker.

 #251 - How Veronica Tamed Tyrion | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:52

Statistics dub Tyrion the main character of George R. R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords and Veronica got to talk to him! Well, she talked to Peter Dinklage anyway, who plays him on the TV show. She reports back on his handshake and reveals what Arya Stark did to her. Plus, we kick off our April books!

 #250 - Ken Liu Explains Why Silkpunk Is Not What You Think | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:24

Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings tells us about the inspiration for his worlds, his domain name, how translation has helped him as a writer, and why silkpunk is a thing (but probably not the thing you’re thinking).

 #249 - Secrets Of All The Birds In The Sky W Charlie Jane Anders | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:43:58

We’re joined by Charlie Jane Anders to wrap up her book, All the Birds in the Sky. Did you know Kevin has a secret history? What anime inspired Ernesto? These things, as well as all the winners of all the awards on this episode.

 #248 - The Truth About Vampires w/ Jim McDoniel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:26:23

Jim McDoniel, author of An Unattractive Vampire, is not only the second author to get published in the Sword and Laser collection, he’s also a truth-sayer. About vampires. Like how they aren’t sparkly (usually). Return to the vampire roots with him!


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