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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
Read more
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
Read more
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

All 235 episodes from oldest to newest

#372 - Hmmm... hmmm.

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We’ve got Hugo nominations open! And a new Heinlein novel. I mean “new” to everybody but him, we guess. Plus, we kick off In the Company fo Others by Julie E. Czerneda.

Jan 16 2020

36mins

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#371 - Science Fungus

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Veronica explains the awesome piece in the New York Times about Ken Liu, we're excited for The Witcher, we announce the January book will be In the Company of Others by Julie Czerneda, and we wrap up The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. Plus, we put the “fun” in Science Fungus.

Dec 20 2019

30mins

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#370 - Death is Her Favorite Character

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Got reader’s block? We've got some tips to get you out of it. Is there too much SFF out there now? And why Death is Veronica's favorite character. We kick off Hogfather and give our final thoughts on Snow Queen!

Dec 05 2019

48mins

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#369 - Jeffety Jeff Jeffers of Planet Jeff

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How we’re feeling about the Snow Queen, and where it’s world-building might have drawn from. Plus two alternative pronunciation guides for the character names. Plus, a treasure trove of awesome articles about SciFi-type things!

Nov 21 2019

38mins

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#368 - But is it Art?

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So many awards! You have no excuse for not finding something awesome and new to read right now. Not that you ever do with us on the job, we hope. Also, our first impressions on reading The Snow Queen.

Nov 11 2019

30mins

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#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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#366 - Just Crack Me Open and Take a Look

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Should you feel guilty for re-reading? The answer is no. But you shouldn't feel guilty for not re-reading too. Plus our fantasy casting of A Darker Shade of Magic is pretty much all Keanu.

Oct 11 2019

31mins

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#365 - But Lin-Manuel Miranda!

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Targaryen TV show possible? Check. Clifford Simak movie on Netflix? Check. Far Side back? Check. Showtime turns down The Kingkiller Chronicle TV show? WHAT?! BUT LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA!

Sep 26 2019

35mins

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#364 - Kick Your Problems in the Face

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Fran Wilde's op-ed from the future sounds hilarious. N. K. Jemisin's new novel sounds awesome. And Andy Weir's short story has been adapted into a cool short film. So much good reading out there! Plus our thoughts on why Trail of Lightning has us thinking that sometimes you just have to kick your problems in the face.

Sep 12 2019

29mins

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#363 - Extremely Unbalanced

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The Hugos have come and gone, and they were awesome. Audible's in trouble for speech-to-text. But they're right, it's an accessibility issue. Also, the publishers are right, it's a copyright issue! Tell it to the judge, both of you! Plus, we kick off our September pick, Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse.

Aug 29 2019

35mins

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