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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!

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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!

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Obsessed

By GCRokzZzZz - Dec 06 2019
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I listen to this podcast even when I haven’t read the book of the month. It’s just so informative, fun, and for some reason very relaxing to me. Looovvveeeeee it!

Nice!

By rick mode - Nov 08 2017
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I’ve found quite a few great books and series listening to the Sword and Laser. Recommended.

iTunes Ratings

368 Ratings
Average Ratings
339
17
4
3
5

Obsessed

By GCRokzZzZz - Dec 06 2019
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I listen to this podcast even when I haven’t read the book of the month. It’s just so informative, fun, and for some reason very relaxing to me. Looovvveeeeee it!

Nice!

By rick mode - Nov 08 2017
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I’ve found quite a few great books and series listening to the Sword and Laser. Recommended.
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The Sword and Laser

Latest release on Jan 16, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: #253 - A Tale Of Two Styles

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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!

Apr 27 2016

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Rank #2: #343 - Math Is Hard

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We’re very pleased that the Hugo Nominations are open and we’ll keep reminding you. Also we’re pleased to discuss pairing beer with novels and pleased to look over the new Philip K. Dick award nominees. We’re pleased to be reading Ninefox Gambit too, even if it makes our brain hurt.

Jan 17 2019

37mins

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Rank #3: S&L Podcast - #165 - SciFi Is Finally Literature!

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We kick off our March book pick, Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan, ponder the brief career of Jonathan Ross as LonCon MC, and discover that at least Houghton Mifflin thinks SciFi is lit.

Mar 05 2014

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Rank #4: S&L Podcast - #214 - Discworld's Inner Rage

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Rucksack Universe Author and Pratchett Enthusiast, Anthony St. Clair joins us to wrap up our reading of Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters. Is Granny Weatherwax a conduit for Pratchett's righteous anger? Does Tom live next to Nanny Ogg? All these mysteries and more revealed.

Apr 30 2015

46mins

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Rank #5: S&L Podcast - #161 - What Harry Potter Stole From Earthsea

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This time around we're kicking off our February book pick, A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin. If you're looking for the first tale a of a boy who attends a school of wizardry, we've got the goods, as well as what Ms. Le Guin, who wrote her book in 1968, thinks of Ms. Rowling. Plus The Clarion Workshop deadline is looming and USC and Intel make one author's world come alive.

Feb 05 2014

41mins

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Rank #6: S&L Podcast - #179 - Flintpunk And Geekomancy

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Would you like to be in a George R. R. Martin Book? Got $20K? Don't mind being killed? Good. You can help wolves. Also we give our first impressions of Brian McClellan's The Promise of Blood and talk Geekomancy with Michael Underwood.

Jun 11 2014

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Rank #7: S&L Podcast - #209 - The Secret To Inventing Your Own Language

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Sarah Monette, a.k.a. Katherine Addison, tells us why you’re all right about the Goblin Emperor, why the wizards in the book are so stubborn about using magic, and shares tips for inventing a language.

Mar 12 2015

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Rank #8: S&L Podcast - #156 - Wrapping Up Dragons!

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It’s a no-holds barred episode where Tom and Veronica reveal their most horrible secrets. Happy Christmas! Also good news from Scott Lynch, slightly bad news from Charles Stross, and the book character you want on your side in a bar fight.

Dec 23 2013

37mins

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Rank #9: S&L Podcast - #230 - Reading Makes You A Better Person, Says Science

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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.

Oct 14 2015

29mins

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Rank #10: S&L Podcast - #187 - How To Win A Hugo

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We congratulate all the winners of the Hugos and chat with Aidan Moher about how he took home the best fanzine Hugo for A Dribble of Ink. Veronica milks him for info on how to win, and then we learn a way you can help more people become better writers and win more Hugos!

Aug 20 2014

42mins

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Rank #11: #345 - Math as a Magic System w/ Mary Robinette Kowal

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We chat with Mary Robinette Kowal, the author of this month’s pick, The Calculating Stars. From acknowledging and learning from your biases, to de-stigmatizing mental illness, to using math as a magic system, we had a lovely time and don’t care WHAT people would think.

Feb 15 2019

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Rank #12: S&L Podcast - #155 - Why Sam Sykes Is For Sharks And The Alliance

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We had a really good time chatting with Sam Sykes, author of the Aeon's Gate series. Among other things, we learned what a flying shark is good for, why he left the Horde, what a "stealfie" is, and how Sam keeps his daily threat-making to a minimum. Plus your questions! Enjoy.

Dec 18 2013

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Rank #13: #234 - We Think We Know How Game Of Thrones Ends

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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.

Nov 11 2015

40mins

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Rank #14: S&L Podcast - #200 - Best Books Of 2014

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Well we're here to kick off the new year AND celebrate our 200th episode so we gathered drinks and cheer and your favorite books of 2014 as well as our own and a few others. You'll never guess which one everybody picked! That's not true. You'll totally guess. You probably already guessed. But listen to the show anyway, OK. For us?

Jan 06 2015

34mins

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Rank #15: #268 - "Underrated" is Not a Dirty Word

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

Sep 15 2016

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Rank #16: #344 - Steamy

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So many news stories! We have to speed through them but there’s some good picks from lots of award winners in there. Plus, the best pajamas ever and whether Calculating Stars is steamy!

Feb 08 2019

32mins

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Rank #17: S&L Podcast - #157 - Marie Brennan's Fantasy Brings The Science To Fiction

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We chat with Marie Brennan about her historical fiction her fictionalized history and all kinds of matters relating to anthropology, ethnography, archaeology and natural history. And dragons. Plus get a peek at how much glee she takes in chopping off hands. That and more insights coming your way in this interview with Marie Brennan.

Show notes: http://swordandlaser.com/home/2013/12/19/sl-podcast-157-how-marie-brennans-fantasy-brings-the-science-to-fiction

Dec 31 2013

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Rank #18: #321 - What is Camp? Baby Don't Yurt Me

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We are SO excited to be nominated for the Hugos! Thank you! Also the return of the Expanse and why Amazon will spend $1 billion on a Middle Earth show.

Apr 13 2018

32mins

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Rank #19: S&L Podcast - #158 - Read A Book, Change Your Brain -- It's Science!

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It's our first episode after New Year's and we're still recovering. Thank goodness Neil Gaiman, the Wertzone and Stephen Chow are here to perk us up. Plus we kick off our January book, The Einstein Intersection by Samuel R. Delany.

http://swordandlaser.com/home/2014/1/7/sl-podcast-158-read-a-book-change-your-brain-science

Jan 08 2014

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Rank #20: 261 #261 - The Restaurant At The End Of The Barnes & Noble

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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.

Jul 06 2016

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