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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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By Yogikai - May 16 2020
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Though I’m often late to discussions I enjoy the Goodreads group and the book picks.

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

373 Ratings
Average Ratings
343
18
4
3
5

Great Content

By Yogikai - May 16 2020
Read more
Though I’m often late to discussions I enjoy the Goodreads group and the book picks.

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 Aug 06, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 2 months ago

Rank #1: S&L Podcast - #174 - A Wrap - Up Of Earthsea

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Veronica is traveling in China, so we pre-recorded this episode and took the opportunity to properly wrap-up A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Leguin. We also kick off the rest of The Martian and promise to be better about these sorts of things once Veronica is back. Still, on the bright side, we are putting in practice a ton of great suggestions from the audience. Yay audience!

Apr 30 2014

27mins

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Rank #2: 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 #3: #270 - Be a Cat Burglar for Good!

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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?

Oct 13 2016

37mins

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Rank #4: #271 - Awkward Jinni Conversations

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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.

Oct 27 2016

40mins

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Rank #5: S&L Video: Author Spotlight - Alastair Reynolds

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This week you’ll learn how Alastair Reynolds went from Cornwall to a doctorate in astronomy, to pushing ice across the vastness of space. How much do current scientific advances influence him? Does he feel a kinship with Mass Effect? What order should you read his darn books in? All these questions and more will be answered.

Mar 27 2014

27mins

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Rank #6: #263 - When to Judge a Book by its Cover

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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.

Jul 27 2016

42mins

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Rank #7: S&L Author Spotlight - Rachel Swirsky

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Have you been ignoring short stories? You’re missing out! And Rachel Swirsky is one of the best authors to prove it. Find out how this award-winning author and podcaster got into writing and poetry too!

Mar 20 2014

19mins

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Rank #8: S&L Author Spotlight - Mary Robinette Kowal

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How do you become an award-winning puppeteer AND award-winning writer AND a audiobook narrator? Easy. Be Mary Robinette Kowal. We ask the author of Without a Summer and Valour and Vanity how she fits in all those things and still has time to convincingly imitate Patrick Rothfuss and convince Sam Sykes to make debatable life choices.

Mar 14 2014

27mins

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Rank #9: #322 - Analysis Paralysis

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Have you ever walked into a book store and just froze? Us too. We'll talk you through it. Plus we announced the May book pick and Tanith Lee fans will be happy! Because it's by Tanith Lee! Also the wrap-up for We Are Legion (We are Bob).

Apr 26 2018

39mins

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Rank #10: #367 - Shitposting Stephen King with Sam Sykes

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We explain why the Tiptree Award is now the Otherwise award, welcome the casting of Apple's Foundation TV show, and Sam Sykes has a message for Stephen King (and Myke Cole).

Oct 24 2019

51mins

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Rank #11: #248 - The Truth About Vampires w/ Jim McDoniel

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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!

Mar 22 2016

26mins

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Rank #12: S&L Author Spotlight - Max Gladstone

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It's our author guide to Max Gladstone! If you want an author who knows how to work the financial crisis into epic fantasy and is handy with a sword, Max is your man. We also get the final word on a showdown between him and Scott Lynch. You won't believe who really runs the economy.

Feb 27 2014

20mins

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Rank #13: 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 #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: S&L Author Spotlight - Chuck Wendig

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Chuck Wendig has a reputation for cursing. He also has a reputation for being a badass writer of amazing characters in inventive situations, across novels, comics and movies. He also invented cornpunk. Oh wait, he ALSO writes one of the best guides for writers ever made. But what is his favorite word? Well, now you'll just have to watch for that, and to see how many times our editor has to use the bleep button. Spoiler: he uses it more on the hosts than the guest.

Apr 03 2014

22mins

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Rank #16: 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

41mins

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Rank #17: S&L Podcast - #207 - Crowdfunding An Abomination With Gary Whitta!

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Gary Whitta is an award-winning screenwriter who wrote The Book of Eli and worked on the first Star Wars standalone film. So when he had an idea for a dark historical fantasy story he wrote a book. Why? We ask him that, about successfully crowdfunding his novel, and much more on this episode!

Oh, and yes. We ask him about Star Wars too.

Feb 25 2015

44mins

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Rank #18: S&L Podcast - #208 - Who Will Win This Year's Nebula

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So much good news! Some of our favorite stories are becoming movies and TV shows and we even have good news of a popular indie author getting picked up by Tor. And we even make a stab at predicting the Nebula winner. Yet controversy rages in the Untheileneise court. Especially about how to pronounced Untheileneise.

Mar 05 2015

35mins

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Rank #19: S&L Podcast - #212 - Do You Have The Right To Delete Swear Words

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We give our last thoughts on The Goblin Emperor, kick of our April pick, Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett and discuss why some author names are bigger than their titles. But what really gets this episode going is the debate about whether a reader has the right to "clean up" an author's language.

Apr 02 2015

47mins

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Rank #20: S&L Podcast - #175 Ann Leckie Wins it All

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We chat with Ann Leckie mere hours before she wins a Nebula award, about what it's like to get so many awards, and what's coming next for fans of her award-winning novel, Ancillary Justice.

May 20 2014

22mins

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