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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 #240 - Wish We Were There | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:21:15

Over the break, we took a little time out of vacation to talk about our holiday reads, from ancient history to Chewbacca. Sigh. No Star Wars spoilers we promise. We’re not there anymore. But we can pretend we are in this episode.

 #239 - King Arthur Is A Mary Sue | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:44:11

We wrap up our thoughts about Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey. And we discuss why calling a character a “Mary Sue” has become meaningless and impedes constructive conversation.

 #238 - W.E.B. Dubois' 1908 GoT Reference | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:30

A newly-discovered short story from W.E.B. Dubois called “The Princess Steel” seems to anticipate elements of Game of Thrones and Doctor Who. Plus, we kick off the book with the talking horses!

 #237 - Charles E. Gannon And Big Idea Books | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:36

Author Chuck Gannon joins us on the show this week to talk about his most recent work in the Caine Riordan series (Raising Caine), as well as helping the government figure out the future as part of SIGMA. This is one busy guy, let me tell you.

 #236 - Time Travel Is Frustrating | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:44:13

We wrap up what people thought about Time and Again by Jack Finney. Some loved the imagery, some got bored, and some thought he was just too hard on New York City.

 #235 - The Practical Effects Of Mallory O'Meara | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:20:24

We interview Mallory O'Meara, producer and screenwriter for Dark Dunes Productions, about Yamasong: March of the Hallows, a movie about an automated girl and tortoise warrior, with puppets, Nathon Fillion’s voice and more. We also discuss her love of horror fiction, and how weird it is that her grandparents have a torture shack in the woods!

 #234 - We Think We Know How Game Of Thrones Ends | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:54

George R R Martin will only say that Game of Thrones will end in a bittersweet way. We’re pretty sure we know what that means. Also Chinese Nebula Award winners and our first impressions of Time and Again by Jack Finney.

 233: Publishing Inside And Out, With Jaym Gates (Con-Volution 2015) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:44:16

At Con-Volution 2015 we sat down with author/podcaster/publicist Jaym Gates and talked about her unique perspective on publishing from within and without.

 S&L Podcast - #232 - Is This Book A Traitor To Its Genre? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:57

We wrap up our October book pick, The Traitor Baru Cormorant. Some people find the hero less than heroic. Some people find the genre less than fantasy. So why did Tom like it so much? Is HE a traitor? Also a short story vending machine and why we're so jealous of Ann Leckie's good taste.

 S&L Podcast - #231 - Can An Author Spoil Herself | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:56

We have a delightful conversation with Catherynne M. Valente about decopunk, book awards, and why she fears spoiling herself about her own stories while she’s writing them. Her decopunk book Radiance is out now! Our show is currently entirely funded by our patrons. Thank you to all the folks who back our show and if you would like to support the show that way head to You can also support the show by buying books through our links! Find links to the books we talk about and some of our favorites at

 S&L Podcast - #230 - Reading Makes You A Better Person, Says Science | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:15

We cheer for Patrick Rothfuss winning the Hollywood game, jeer a little at Spielberg refusing to put a Delorean in the Ready Player One movie and peruse with careful academic curiosity a study showing the increase in empathy caused by reading.

 S&L Podcast Rewind: 'The Martian Influx' Redux | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:49

With the huge success of the film adaptation this month, we thought it would be fun to travel back in time to our interview with The Martian author Andy Weir and Influx author Daniel Suarez.

 S&L Podcast - #229 - Taylor Swift Is A Fremen | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:50:29

We wrap up A Canticle for Leibowitz and explore all its science and religion feels. Also we welcome a new Expanse series cover, a new Gaiman baby and we discover why Taylor Swift IS the Kwisatz Haderach.

 S&L Podcast - #228 - Is Present Tense For Baby Brains? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:43

This week, things really go nuts when Veronica realizes that she likes Tom's book pick more than Tom does, which causes Tom to question everything he has ever known. Meanwhile, over on Goodreads, Thane questions whether present tense is the bane of genre fiction! Hmmm...

 S&L Podcast - #227 - Cherie Priest And The Caverns Of Inspiration | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:54:51

This weekend at DragonCon 2015 in Atlanta, we had the great fortune of chatting with Cherie Priest for an hour in front a live audience of Sword & Laser enthusiasts! Listen in to hear Cherie's rise from goth to glorious, the proper way to distinguish steampunk from goth, and why Lizzie Borden is not who you thought.


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