Anne Leonard's first book JUST came out. Congrats Anne! Moth and Spark is about a Prince who has been chosen to free dragons from bondage to the Empire, but nobody’s exactly sure how he should do it, not even their riders. He meets a doctor’s daughter who discovers she’s a seer. She’s also a commoner, so he really shouldn’t fall for her How do you shine a spotlight on such a young career? It's all in the backstory! Just watch.
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.
We chat with Bill Gourgey, who's Glide Trilogy does not settle for a run-of-the-mill post-apocalyptic world. What happens AFTER the post-apocalyptic dust settles!? We also find out how a tech analyst ends up writing genre novels and poetry. You won't believe his answer! Or maybe you will. You probably will. But you won't know what it is, unless you watch/listen to the show!
Get video versions here.
We're back!!! Welcome back to the space castle, everybody! HUGE thanks to our Kickstarter supporters for making this possible. In our first episode of Season 2, we talk to Wool Omnibus author Hugh Howey. Find out how not to get shoved outside, how George R. R. Martin motivated Hugh's career, and his number one editing tip.
We chat with Gregory A. Wilson, author of The Third Sign, about his newest novel Icarus and the graphic novel based on it that he and artist Matt Slay are working on. It's about a being who falls from the sky to save a world from tyranny. We also find out if he named his daughter after one of his own fictional characters.
Multiple video versions (ogg, MPEG, etc.) from Archive.org.
We have a chance to chat with the fabulous Ian Tregillis, author of the Milkweed Triptych and Something More Than Night. He alludes to his secret 'Clakkers" project, explains how to make an angel talk like a shamus, and reveals Gretel's secret Reagan baby.
You can download videos in multiple formats here.
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.
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.
And just because....
We talk with Peter V. Brett about his Demon Cycle books, the grim world of dark fantasy, his old HP iPaq and why he's so big in Germany.
To get in on the D&D action at ConFusion and possibly see Myke Cole's head get shaved visit Worldbuilders.org.
Get a downloadable version of the video here.
Two big reasons to cheer on this episode. One, you backed us, you really backed us, and we have 12 glorious episodes of the video Sword and Laser authors guides coming next year. Two, author Ann Leckie joins us to wrap up Ancillary Justice!
WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?
Tom: Yorkshire Gold Tea
We funded!! Thank you so much to everyone who backed the Season 2 Kickstarter. We’ll send out updates as we get details on things like add-ons and of course shoot dates and post dates for the shows!
Own William Gibson's bomber jacket!
Neil Gaiman wrote this fairy tale short film about a girl that can fly
Crowdfunding an sf/f mag for teens
Singularity & Co. is saving the sci-fi, one pulp novel at a time.
The Top 101 Science Fiction Adventures
TV, MOVIES AND VIDEO GAMES
Guillermo Del Toro's TV series greenlit
HBO no longer developing AMERICAN GODS
Adaptation Watch: Robert J. Sawyer’s TRIGGERS Optioned for Film, Sawyer to Write Screenplay
J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic Being Developed
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Dear Tom and Veronica (and Tom's dogs)
Just dropping a quick line to say that I really enjoyed your Myke Cole interview - Myke came across as a really engaging, gracious and humble guy, and I've downloaded Control Point to Kindle so that I can make a start on Shadow Ops.
Thanks, as always, for Sword and Laser - I'm afraid that I'm struggling a bit with Ancillary Justice this month, but regardless of how I'm getting on with the month's read, the podcast contains so much discussion of Sci-Fi/Fantasy as a whole that it's a must-listen, each week.
All the best from the UK
Ralph aka slowfox
This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com the internet’s leading provider of audiobooks with more than 150,000 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.
This episode is brought to you by Squarespace, the all-in-one platform that makes it fast and easy to create your own professional website or online portfolio. For a free trial and 10% off, go to squarespace.com and use offer code SWORD11.
We have the distinct pleasure of chatting with author Myke Cole about his Shadow Ops series, playing D&D with SFF authors and how he took on the challenge of writing from the POV of a 12-year-old-girl. Plus he offers free ass-kickings if you need writing motivation right now. It is NaNoWriMo, after all.
Staffers Book Review (The link to Justin's blog we promised!)
This week we introduce you to Nicholas Kaufman, author of the new book Dying Is My Business among many others! We cover questions about writing in an urban-fantasy world, whether self-publishing is worth it, and mispronouncing names (we'll give you one guess who started that topic...).
Nicholas Kaufmann's website
Nicholas Kaufman's Live Journal
[GUEST POST] Nicholas Kaufmann on Why Some Boxes Should Never Be Opened
Download the video here.
Bradley P. Bealieu, author of The Lays of Anuskaya, was nice enough to take some time to chat with us about his books, his blogs and more. He's even a podcaster! We milk for details about his forthcoming book Twelve Kings in Sharakhai and put a few of your questions to him as well. Enjoy!
Bradley P. Bealieu's website Quillings.com
It's been a year since we interviewed Rob Reid and so much has changed. The price of his book has changed! His species has changed! Well, no. He's still human. But his book did become 99 cents. He explains why he loves this, and the mystery of the OTHER Rob Reid. It's spoooooooky.
Get a video download here.
We got chance to hang out (literally, Google hangout) with Robyn Schneider, author of many fine books, on top of many other talents! Find out her hidden secrets then go pick up her new book, The Beginning of Everything. Unless you're British. Then you'll need to look for Severed Heads, Broken Hearts. She'll explain it all in the show.
Were you expecting a wrap-up episode for Among Others? Sorry kids, Veronica decided to go on vacation, and all you get is this lousy interview with legendary author Gene Wolfe. Just kidding, the interview is awesome.
We'll be back next week with our wrap-up and kick-off for the July pick! Hope you voted!
Download the direct link for this episode!
Memorial Day weekend, the Sword and Laser crew journeyed to storied Santa Clara, California for BayCon deep in the shadow of the new football stadium. Lois McMaster Bujold was the guest of honor, Veronica was the Toastmaster and they graciously allowed Tom along for the ride. Ms. Bujold was a joy to talk with and the perfect Sword & Laser interviewee, having written on both sides of the ampersand. In this supersize episode you'll hear the entire interview including some excellent questions from the audience.
Veronica and Goodreads moderator Josh Lawrence headed to the Nebula Awards to chat with some great authors. We'll be posting these interviews in our off weeks from the regular episodes. This week it's the legendary (and Nebula award-winning) Kim Stanley Robinson. His latest book 2312 won the Nebula award for Novel. Enjoy!