S&L Podcast - #120 - Book Blind Dates

We get the message and beef up the book discusiion. But the news is full of trailers and the feedback is full of awesome. But will Veronica Hughart the book? And if she did, what would that mean?

WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?
Tom: 2009 Toscana IGT "1967"
Veronica: Glenmorangie
 
QUICK BURNS
Book Trailer: “Etiquette & Espionage” by Gail Carriger 
TOC: ‘Dangerous Women’ Edited by Gardner Dozois and George R.R. Martin
Amazing Stories returns, as a social network for fandom (with stories)
Animated Fiction: Neil Gaiman Reads His Zombie Story “Down Among the Dead Men”
Locus 2012 Recommended Reading List 
Book Trailer: “The Daylight War” by Peter V. Brett 
 
CALENDAR
  
BARE YOUR SWORD
Welcome new forum mod, Josh!
Memoirs Found in a Bathtub $1.99 today 
Violent character names 
Book Blind Date 
 
TV, MOVIES AND VIDEO GAMES
Behind-the-Scenes Game of Thrones Video Explores Iceland as Setting for ‘Beyond the Wall’
 
BOOK CHECK-IN
The Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
 
EMAIL
Hi Tom & Veronica. 
I love your show(s) and the GoodReads group.  On the podcast I listened to today, Tom said that he would like to pick a science fiction novel by a female author.  Ursula K. LeGuin was mentioned, but I'd like to see something more contemporary.  May I suggest God's War by Kameron Hurley?  I've started reading it and it's something really different.   It's kind of like Joe Abercrombie writing SF taking place on a planet with a female dominated society.  The primary SF elements are genetic engineering and colonization of other planets.  It's not an easy read and it's very dark, but it seems pretty good.  I've paused it because it's so intense, so I need an incentive to finish. 
Keep up the great work!
Sandi
 

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I saw this and immediately thought it would make a great news piece for your show!
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/354009039/beyond-words-a-year-of-daydreams-fantasy-author-ca
I am behind on my youtube episodes so if you have already covered this, please FORGIVE ME! I just saw it (I think Brandon Sanderson linked to it on his twitter) and thought it was AWESOME! Anyway, love your show and the podcast,
Sincerely
Jeane Ess

 
ADDENDUMS
This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com the internet’s leading provider of audiobooks with more than 100,000 downloadable titles across all types of literature and featuring audio versions of many New York Times Best Sellers. For listeners of this podcast, Audible is offering a free audiobook, to give you a chance to try out their service. For a free audiobook of your choice go to audiblepodcast.com/sword.
 

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S&L Podcast - #120 - Book Blind Dates

February Book Club: Bridge of Birds Kick-Off & Your Feedback!

Thanks to an overwhelming response to one of Aaron's recent Whiteboard Review, we're kicking off our February pick, Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart! Plus, we check in over on GoodReads to talk Gaiman, refreshing Science Fiction, and libraries that don't have any books.

More on our February pick, Bridge of Birds:

On GoodReads:http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15177.Bridge_of_Birds

Hughart Fan Site: http://www.barryhughart.org/books.htm

Discussion Links:

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1167500-digital-libraries

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1067161-neil-gaiman-starter-book

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1167079-need-to-expand-my-horizons

"Reconsidering Goblins" by Aaron:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-dJ-BKgTgA

S&L January Book Club: Old Man's War Wrap-Up & Your Feedback!

It's time to wrap up our January pick, John Scalzi's Old Man's War, check in with everyone over on GoodReads, and get momentarily excited for a new excerpt from GRRM...before remembering that its still going to be a long wait for Winds of Winter. Enjoy!

More on our January pick, Old Man's War:

On GoodReads:http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51964.Old_Man_s_War

From John Scalzi's Blog: http://whatever.scalzi.com/about/books-by-john-scalzi/

Discussion Links:

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1163392-bored-woodless

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1163460-grrm-new-extract-of-the-winds-of-...

http://georgerrmartin.com/if-sample.html

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1160339-what-do-you-guys-think-about-brea...

"A Once Crowded Sky" Review by Aaron:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuSKLG61lbk

S&L Podcast - #119 - Pronounce this...

We have a whole lot of award finalists to tell you about and Veronica bravely tries to pronounce their names. We also wonder how much said is too much said.


 
WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?
Tom: Car Men Air Camenere, Chile 
Veronica: Something red

QUICK BURNS
TOC: ‘The Fearsome Journeys: The New Solaris Book of Fantasy’ Edited by Jonathan Strahan
Harper/Voyager UK to Release SF/F Classics with Beautiful Minimalist Covers
Tad Williams completes latest novel 
Great science fiction authors tell us which novels they wish they’d written themselves
FINALISTS: 2012 BSFA Award 
FINALISTS: The 2012 Kitschies 

CALENDAR

BARE YOUR SWORD
Veronica's Reddit AMA 
The battle against 'sexist' sci-fi and fantasy book covers  
Jim Hines Group Cover Pose
Living in a Fantasy world 
 
TV, MOVIES AND VIDEO GAMES
New GAME OF THRONES video 
 
BOOK CHECK-IN
Use of "said"
  
ADDENDUMS
This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com the internet’s leading provider of audiobooks with more than 100,000 downloadable titles across all types of literature and featuring audio versions of many New York Times Best Sellers. For listeners of this podcast, Audible is offering a free audiobook, to give you a chance to try out their service. For a free audiobook of your choice go to audiblepodcast.com/sword.  

 

S&L Podcast - #119 - Pronounce this

Books, Brooks...And More Books: Our Interview with Terry Brooks!

Terry Brooks, the mastermind behind the world of Shannara, joins us to discuss what's coming up in the Dark Legacy of Shannara, his ventures into standalone e-books, and the advice he'd give to new fantasy authors.

More about our guest, Terry Brooks:

On the Web: http://www.terrybrooks.net/

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/officialbrooks

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialterrybrooks

On G+:https://plus.google.com/u/0/106756046894387044266/posts

On Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9629.Terry_Brooks

More on Terry's Works:

Original Shannara Trilogy: http://www.goodreads.com/series/49525-the-original-shannara-trilogy

Heritage of Shannara: http://www.goodreads.com/series/40325-heritage-of-shannara

Voyage of Jerle Shannara:http://www.goodreads.com/series/42961-voyage-of-the-jerle-shannara

Word & Void: http://www.goodreads.com/series/44330-word-the-void

Genesis of Shannara: http://www.goodreads.com/series/40860-genesis-of-shannara

Legends of Shannara: http://www.goodreads.com/series/49107-legends-of-shannara

High Druid of Shannara: http://www.goodreads.com/series/44034-high-druid-of-shannara

Dark Legacy of Shannara:http://www.goodreads.com/series/74801-the-dark-legacy-of-shannara

Paladins of Shannara:http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15743635-paladins-of-shannara

Landover: http://www.goodreads.com/series/41934-magic-kingdom-of-landover

"Exactly What You Wanted" by Aaron:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fDcSqVAUxo

S&L Podcast - #118 - Scientific seal of approval

We're running a little late, but we're here! We have lots of awards to discuss and one to even beg for a little. Plus we chat about what makes a sellout and what makes an addictive series!

QUICK BURNS
FINALISTS: 2012 Philip K. Dick Award 
Yep, there's now a 'seal of approval' for the scientific accuracy of novels
Christopher Tolkien speaks out for the first time, says Peter Jackson 'eviscerated' his father's work
Gollancz to publish three ELITE novels 
A brave new world: science fiction predictions for 2013
WINNER: A.E. Van Vogt Award 
Hugo Award Nomination Period Is Now Open 
The Offer on Old Man’s War: A Ten-Year Retrospective 
Great Quotes about Writing from Game of Thrones Author George R.R. Martin 

CALENDAR
 

BARE YOUR SWORD
10 Book series so addictive you won't want to stop 
Space Ships and Nekkid Ladies 
 

TV, MOVIES AND VIDEO GAMES
Clever Film Trailer for “John Dies At The End” Aimed at Pirates 
77 Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies to Watch Out For in 2013 
 
BOOK CHECK-IN
Old Man's War by John Scalzi 
 
MAIL
 
Thought I'd check in and tell you guys that you are AWESOME. I dearly love the podcast and Youtube show at Geek and Sundry. I listen to the podcasts on the way to/from work when I'm not listening to my audiobooks and I always have a lot of fun with the books! Really enjoyed Nocturnal by Scott Sigler recently (which freaked me out on a level I'm not entirely comfortable discussing), and am currently having a blast with Old Man's War. Keep up the great job and I can't wait to see what's next!
-AJ

 
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Hey Tom and Veronica,
I know this is a little late but I did want to thank you for all your amazing work on the Sword & Laser podcasts in 2012 & with the introduction of the video show as well :D Thank you for continuing to inspire me to get back to reading & making sure I always have a long list of books to read.  Hope that 2013 is going to be a wonderful year for you both as well as for Sword & Laser itself :D
Steven Cain
P.S. Tom I know you mentioned you wouldn't mind suggestions for things to do in LA yourself so I figured I'd include the suggestions I received for my trip to LA just in case they might be helpful for you.
 
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ADDENDUMS
 
This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com the internet’s leading provider of audiobooks with more than 100,000 downloadable titles across all types of literature and featuring audio versions of many New York Times Best Sellers. For a free audiobook of your choice go to audiblepodcast.com/sword.  

 

S&L Podcast - #118 - Scientific seal of approval

Trash Talking Angels and Tad Williams

Author of our November pick, The Dirty Streets of Heaven, Tad Williams, joins us in the space castle to give us a little insight on the future of Bobby Dollar, why cats haunt his dreams, and what advice Present Tad would give to Young Adult Tad.

More about our guest, Tad Williams:

On the Web: http://www.tadwilliams.com/

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/tadwilliams

On Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6587.Tad_Williams

More on Tad's Works:

Tailchaser's Song: http://www.tadwilliams.com/books/tailchasers-song/

War of the Flowers: http://www.tadwilliams.com/books/war-of-the-flowers/

Caliban's Hour: http://www.tadwilliams.com/books/calibans-hour/

Shadowmarch series: http://www.goodreads.com/series/43486-shadowmarch

Otherland series: http://www.goodreads.com/series/43762-otherland

Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series:http://www.goodreads.com/series/49188-memory-sorrow-and-thorn

The Bobby Dollar series: http://www.goodreads.com/series/76112-bobby-dollar

Otherland:The Game: http://www.tadwilliams.com/books/otherland-game/

S&L Podcast - #117 - Is Gandalf a jerk?

We welcome our new Grand Master, who has always been a grand master really. We give you some insight on the best Science Fiction and Fantasy this year and next, and we explain why Gandalf is not a nice man.  But he's  a great wizard.
 
WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?
 
 
QUICK BURNS

 
 
TV, MOVIES AND VIDEO GAMES
 
 
BARE YOUR SWORD

 
BOOK CHECK-IN

The Hobbit - Wrap-up this Friday
Old man's War after that

 

ADDENDUMS

This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com the internet’s leading provider of audiobooks with more than 100,000 downloadable titles across all types of literature and featuring audio versions of many New York Times Best Sellers. For listeners of this podcast, Audible is offering a free audiobook, to give you a chance to try out their service. For a free audiobook of your choice go to audiblepodcast.com/sword.  

 

S&L Podcast - #117 - Is Gandalf a jerk?

S&L Video - #19 - Red Country, Revenge, & Joe Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie, author of The First Law trilogy, joins us to talk his fantasy western Red Country, letting go of fan favorite characters, and Logen Ninefinger's favorite whiskey.

More about our guest, Joe Abercrombie:

On the Web: http://www.joeabercrombie.com/

On Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/276660.Joe_Abercrombie

More on Joe's Works:

The First Law Trilogy: 

The Blade Itself: http://www.joeabercrombie.com/books/the-blade-itself/

Before They Are Hanged:http://www.joeabercrombie.com/books/before-they-are-hanged/

Last Argument of Kings:http://www.joeabercrombie.com/books/the-last-argument-of-kings/

Standalone Novels:

Best Served Cold: http://www.joeabercrombie.com/books/best-served-cold/

The Heroes: http://www.joeabercrombie.com/books/the-heroes/

Red Country: http://www.joeabercrombie.com/books/red-country/

"Morally Ambiguous Grey" by Aaron:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI9qDP3Biio

S&L Video - #18 - Doctor Who, Dragon Kisses, and Paul Cornell

We bend space and time to have Paul Cornell, all-around geek writer
extraordinaire, join us to talk London Falling, how he bridged the
Marvel-DC divide, and the next step in his plans for world domination.

More about our guest, Paul Cornell:
On the Web: www.paulcornell.com/
On Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/63341.Paul_Cornell
On Twitter: twitter.com/Paul_Cornell
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/PaulCornellOfficial
On Pintrest: http://pinterest.com/paulcornell/

More on Paul's Works:

London Falling: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16094514-london-falling
Saucer Country: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13536521-saucer-country-vol-1

Marvel & DC Comics by Paul:

Superman: The Black Ring:http://www.goodreads.com/series/62210-the-black-
ring
Young Avengers: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6883138-dark-reign
Batman: Knight & Squire: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10241986-batman
Demon Knights: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13228422-demon-knights-vol-1

Paul's Doctor Who work:

Doctor Who: Virgin New Adventures: http://www.goodreads.com/series/40456-virgin-new-adventures

Bernice Summerfield Audio Dramas: http://www.goodreads.com/series/41407-bernice-summerfield-audio-drama
Big Finish Doctor Who Audio Dramas: http://www.goodreads.com/series/53351-big-finish-doctor-who-audio-dramas

"Blueprint for World Domination" by Aaron: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlC7saNwYgI

S&L Podcast - #116 - Secret of success

Friends of Sword and Laser are doing VERY well.  We're not saying that being a guest on Sword and Laser will guarantee you riches... but it seems like it might.  Just saying. Also we have verification on the humanity of the Bibliomat. Also WARNING: there's cursing. But it's worth it. All that and Moria, on this episode.
 
WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?
 
 
QUICK BURNS

 
 
BARE YOUR SWORD

 
TV, MOVIES AND VIDEO GAMES

 
BOOK CHECK-IN
 
EMAIL
 
I went to the Monkey's Paw this weekend when I was in Toronto. I took a video (albeit crappy) of it. I was thinking I could send you guys the book for your set, as the random book I received ended up being...."The Dictionary of Mysticism". 
What do you think?
Thanks,
Caitlin from Canada

Tom Merritt 
Awesome!
So..... person inside??

Caitlin O'Brien
to Tom, Veronica 
....sort of. I put my money in, and it made some noises, but nothing came out. A guy at the front of the store yelled ""just a minute!"" and came back to load it for me. Once he was done, he gave me back my toonie and told me keeping it stocked is a full time second job. So, there was human involvment - just no human inside. Plus, when I was googling the address, I came across this video: http://jezebel.com/5965769/magical-used-book-store-dispenses-random-literary-treasures and it shows how it works.
I was pretty excited that something so relevant to the Sword and Laser came out.
  
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Hey Tom & Veronica, just wanted to leave some feedback on the audio podcasts. I really like the new overall show balance you guys have got going these days with the news in the audio podcast, and also the more relaxed feel that you seem to have. The audio show is the perfect thing to listen to late at night with a glass of wine when you need to unwind. (I'm drinking a nice locally-made Ontario riesling, for the record.)
I love the idea of the audience being on the audio show, the ""plead your case"" scenario, especially in cases like Nick's. Have you heard back from him yet? Is he going to be on the show?
As always, I love all the show formats, audio and video. Have a great day!
 
Gordon S. McLeod
  
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"Tom and Veronica,
I just wanted to say that I think you do a wonderful job with The Sword and Laser podcast and YouTube show.
I started listening to the podcast in 2009. Since then, you have introduced me to so many great books. I don't often read along with your picks, but I usually add them to my ""to-read"" list and have read many of them later on.
I've also really enjoyed the author interviews over the years. The author spotlights on the YouTube show are especially nice.
Oh, and I have to send a big thanks for convincing me to sign up for Audible. My commutes to work are sooooo much better now.
Thanks for everything and keep up the great work!
Happy holidays,
Mike"
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ADDENDUMS
This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com the internet’s leading provider of audiobooks with more than 100,000 downloadable titles across all types of literature and featuring audio versions of many New York Times Best Sellers. For listeners of this podcast, Audible is offering a free audiobook, to give you a chance to try out their service. For a free audiobook of your choice go to audiblepodcast.com/sword.

 

S&L Podcast - #116 - Secret of success

The Sword & Laser Anthology

We've been talking about it for years, but now it's actually going to be a real thing! That's right, we're officially announcing the Sword & Laser Anthology!

We'll be starting open submissions in March, but here's what you need to know:

1. We're looking for unpublished, new material.

2. Genres: science fiction, fantasy, and everything in between.

3. Word count preferably between 1500-7500 (though more or less will not disqualify you).

DON'T SEND US ANYTHING YET! We won't even LOOK at it until we announce the open call. Just start thinking about what you'd like to submit. We wanted to give you some warning, but you'll have time, we promise!

GOOD LUCK and GOOD WRITING!

S&L Video - "The Dirty Streets of Heaven" Wrap-Up

Turkey has been gobbled, NaNoWriMo is drawing to a close, and that means its time to wrap-up Tad Williams' The Dirty Streets of Heaven and check in with the discussions happening over on GoodReads. 

More about our November pick, The Dirty Streets of Heaven: 
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13542846-the-dirty-streets-of-heaven

Discussion Threads: 

Gift Giving in the Digital Age: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1079513-gifting-in-the-digital-age
DRM Free E-Books: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1087195-copyright-free-published-books and https://www.smashwords.com

S&L Podcast - #115 - Ghallu everyone!

On this episode we breakdown the Tolkien estate case against Warner Brothers, debate the origins of the Ghallu, and even figure out the January book pick! Also Tom has a Snow Day.  But it's not what you think. It's BETTER!

WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?
 
QUICK BURNS
 
Happy Birthday to Michael Stackpole!
 
 
BARE YOUR SWORD
 
 
TV, MOVIES AND VIDEO GAMES
 
 
BOOK CHECK-IN
 
Dirty Streets wrap-up this Friday - The Hobbit Kick-Off Dec. 7
 
ADDENDUMS
 
This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com the internet’s leading provider of audiobooks with more than 100,000 downloadable titles across all types of literature and featuring audio versions of many New York Times Best Sellers. For listeners of this podcast, Audible is offering a free audiobook, to give you a chance to try out their service. For a free audiobook of your choice go to audiblepodcast.com/sword

 

 

S&L Podcast - #115 - Ghallu everyone!

S&L Podcast - #114 - World-builder porn

It's a fun show this time.  No, seriously, you should try to listen. We talk with Dave GrossLead Writer at Overhaul Games, and James L. Sutter a co-creator of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Fiction Editor for Paizo Publishing. They share some great insights on the relationship of role-playing games to fantasy novels as well as just about the craft of writing itself. Also Veronica peer pressures Tom into drinking.



WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?
Tom: Racer 5 IPA 
Veronica: 2009 Pirie South Tasmania Pinot Noir
 
QUICK BURNS
How to Get Signed and Personalized Scalzi Books for the Holidays, 2012

Who would win in a fight between Tolkien characters and Game of Thrones characters? George R.R. Martin weighs in

Fake William Gibson novels, tweeted

Philip Pullman's Grimm's Fairytales 

BARE YOUR SWORD
Is this indicative of Tad Williams' work?
 
CALENDAR
 
INTERVIEW
Dave GrossLead Writer at Overhaul Games, developers of Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition. and James L. Sutter a co-creator of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Fiction Editor for Paizo Publishing.

This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com the internet’s leading provider of audiobooks with more than 100,000 downloadable titles across all types of literature and featuring audio versions of many New York Times Best Sellers. For listeners of this podcast, Audible is offering a free audiobook, to give you a chance to try out their service. For a free audiobook of your choice go to audiblepodcast.com/sword.  

ADDENDUMS

 

S&L Podcast - #114 - World-builder porn