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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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One of my favorite Podcasts ever

By Grkpektis - Sep 03 2019
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I stopped reading novels after I graduated high school because I hated the books I was forced to read. Years later I found out about this Podcast on G&S and now I love reading. My only problem is I have a lot of catching up to do

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

359 Ratings
Average Ratings
331
17
3
3
5

One of my favorite Podcasts ever

By Grkpektis - Sep 03 2019
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I stopped reading novels after I graduated high school because I hated the books I was forced to read. Years later I found out about this Podcast on G&S and now I love reading. My only problem is I have a lot of catching up to do

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

Updated 4 days ago

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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!

Rank #1: #360 - Cuddling with Direwolves

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Veronica is definitely not meeting direwolves in Ireland and stealing them and smuggling them back into the United States. Definitely not. Plus, our thoughts so far on Vessel by Lisa Nichols.

Jul 18 2019

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Rank #2: #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

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Rank #3: #330 - Best Jade Plans

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The Tor vs. Library saga continues, we're pumped for the World Fantasy Award nominees, and the serendipity of reading a book about the place you are at while you're reading it. Trust us. It will make sense in the show.

Aug 03 2018

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Rank #4: 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

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Rank #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: #350 - Rye-ear-ah

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So many great books are nominated for Hugos. Independent Bookstore Day is coming up and the proper pronunciation of Riyria! and we kick off our impressions of the refreshing and comfy feelings we’re getting from the thoroughly enjoyable Theft of Swords.

Apr 11 2019

30mins

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Rank #8: #361 - My Little Space Brain Friends

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Are we excited for The Witcher? Probably? Are we excited for the Hitchhiker's Guide Hulu TV series? Maybe? Are we excited for Vessel? In some ways? Is Tom excited for The Poppy War? YES!

Aug 01 2019

46mins

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Rank #9: #359 - We Have Literary Opinions

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We’re so excited about our guest pick! It’s the kickoff for our July book, and the first ever-not-in-any-way chosen by Tom or Veronica. Also we love XKCD and we love Station 11. Also Dara and Terpkristin. So much love!

Jun 27 2019

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Rank #10: #333 - Getting Timeless with R. A. Salvatore

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We talk to author R. A. Salvatore about his new book Timeless, and also how he feels these days about Chewbacca, Dungeons and Dragons and more. Timeless is out September 4. Pick it up in the Salvastore!

Sep 04 2018

27mins

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Rank #11: #352 - The Sword Conspiracy

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To Gene Wolfe! Thank you for Shadow and Claw and Pringles. Plus, William Gibson’s Alien 3, what you need to know before reading The Martian Chronicles, and our final thoughts on the vast conspiracies that make up Theft of Swords.

May 02 2019

36mins

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Rank #12: #254 - Wheel Of Boobies

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Wheel of Time is getting a TV series and Veronica has one thing (well, more than one thing) that she expects to see. Would that make it the "boob tube?" (Ed. note -- Jesus, Tom... c'mon) Meanwhile we discuss how Aurora masterfully balances hard science and literary storytelling.

May 11 2016

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Rank #13: #351 - Uncanny Collateral with Brian McClellan

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Brian's most recent book, Uncanny Collateral, is described (on Brian's Twitter) as "Harry Dresden meets Dog the Bounty Hunter in a fast-paced urban fantasy about a collection agent who works for the supernatural."

Apr 18 2019

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Rank #14: #292 - Cozy Space Opera

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We've got more of Game of Thrones TV coming, the Arthur C. Clarke Award nominees, and our thoughts on why The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is the opposite of epic in the best way possible.

May 11 2017

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Rank #15: 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

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Rank #16: #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

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Rank #17: S&L Author Spotlight - Kevin Hearne

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Kevin Hearne was an English teacher who put up with rejection from twenty three agents and five publishers before he finally prevailed. Thank goodness he did! We would have never been able to meet Oberon! Oh, and Atticus too, of course. We ask Kevin many many things including if we can expect a TV or graphic novel adaptation, and why chicken apple sausages?

Apr 17 2014

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Rank #18: S&L Podcast - #163 - Hugh Howey Hullabaloo

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Hugh Howey caused quite a stir with his findings about independent authors, but what does it mean for us readers? We also talk about the Wizard of Earthsea feminism implications and have an exciting election for the March book pick! There is a gavel involved.

Feb 19 2014

52mins

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Rank #19: #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 #20: #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

45mins

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