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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 #276 - By Hook or by Rook | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:48:01

We discuss whether the central plot device (the hook!) of the Rook is a cliche or clever. Plus, how to find the best stories in SciFi and Fantasy and help authors get exposure at the same time.

 #275 - Get Hip With the Rook | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:12

We kick off our December book, the Rook by Daniel O’Malley and we are so excited for Lin-Manuel Miranda to team up with Patrick Rothfuss.

 #274 - Wrap Up of Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:20:01

We wrap up our thoughts on the cartoon violence and snappy dialog of David Wong's dissertation on lawlessness in Tabula Rasa. We think we know what it could be a metaphor for. Whether it is or not is left as an exercise for the reader.

 #273 - Han Solo’s Big Sister | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:43

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:31:59

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:02

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! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:10

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 - Artisanal Analog Tree-Sourced Reading Material | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:56:30

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:43

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:08

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? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:55

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! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:26:02

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:11

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:41

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! | 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.


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