S&L Anthology Cover Revealed!

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We are very excited to show you the cover art for the Sword & Laser Anthology! Created by artist Cliff Nielsen, each globe within this crazy storage center is a self-contained world. This is how we think of the Anthology itself: twenty worlds that you can easily lose yourself within. 

So yes, this means we are almost ready to send the Anthology out into the world! Just wrapping up a few tiny edits, waiting on some blurbs, and then it will be out into the universe! We hope you love it as much as we loved putting it together.

S&L Podcast - #164 - Bill Gourgey's POST-Post-Apocalyptic World

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!

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S&L Video: Author Spotlight - Hugh Howey

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.

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S&L Podcast - #163 - Hugh Howey Hullabaloo

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.

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Tom: New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale

Veronica: Vina Robles Red Blend




Hugh Howey's Report

Self-published ebooks: the surprising data from Amazon

Most Amazon bestselling authors aren't making minimum wage

WH Auden told JRR Tolkien to cut the love story from Lord of the Rings

Daemon And Influx Author Daniel Suarez On Why Innovation Has Stalled



Read Them Now, Watch Them Later: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Adaptation Watch

More on the Redshirts TV Series

What was cut to make the "unfilmable" book Winter's Tale into a movie


A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Leguin

Earthsea and Harry Potter

Women in Earthsea

Among Others and Earthsea

March Pick


A forgotten classic?

Looking for more firearms in "High" Fantasy


Hi Tom & Veronica,

Listening to Gregory A Wilson talk about his daughter's name made me think of my own family. I was named after Jessica Atreides (Dune), putting me in the odd position of being named for a sci-fi character AND having one of the most common girls names of my generation.

I passed the nerd legacy onto my own children as well - my son's middle name is Zaphod (as in Beeblebrox) and my daughter is named Aeryn (after Aeryn Sun from Farscape). Hopefully she won't resent me for it the millionth time she has to spell it out loud for someone.

Love the show,


S&L Podcast - #162 - Gregory A. Wilson's Graphic Fallen Angels

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.

Direct download here!

Multiple video versions (ogg, MPEG, etc.) from Archive.org.

Giveaway: Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard

Moth and Spark: A Novel
By Anne Leonard

Hey all, Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard is coming out Feb. 20 so Viking press gave us 5 copies to giveaway! The book comes out Feb. 20, so we'll pick that day to announce a winner drawn at random from respondents to this thread.

To enter, head over to our Goodreads thread entitled "If you were a recently freed dragon, what's the first thing you'd do?"

Listen to the show or check back in the thread on the 20th to find out who wins!

S&L Podcast - #161 - What Harry Potter Stole from Earthsea

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.

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Tom: Bikini Blonde Lager   
Veronica: 2011 Plantagenet Shiraz Omrah

Announcing the instructors for the 2014 Clarion Writers' Workshop    
SF writing competition: a world without the Normal Curve!    
British science fiction book awards lurch towards gender parity    
Intel Leviathan Project    
This interactive chart maps out all the storylines in The Hobbit    
Neil Gaiman's American Gods gets a brand new TV deal    

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin    
Wikipedia entry for 'A Wizard of Earthsea'    
Ursula K. Le Guin's website    

March Poll launched
, vote on what our book should be!

April will be a book picked by our Kickstarter backer Bryan Benson!    
What fictional items would you decorate a room with?    
Adding "lem" to the dictionary    

Hi Guys,
I listened to TNT for a long time and really enjoyed Tom’s narrative about tech and the tech industry. I just returned to TNT from a short hiatus to discover that Tom is no longer there. It’s only been a couple of episodes but it doesn’t feel the same. I don’t think TNT will be the same without Tom.
Anyway…. I remembered Tom use to mention S&L from time to time on TNT and figured I’d give it a try. I downloaded and listened to my first S&L episode (#160) today and liked what I heard.
I use to submit articles in the TNT’s sub reddit from time to time. Not sure what the official way is to submit for this show but I just read a book I thought was very relevant to discuss you guys had about how Fantasy and Scifi are so tied together and how (as Tom mentioned) it even mixes into Horror sometimes.
I thought this book was really cool for just that reason. It’s got pirates it’s got sudo time travel it’s got monsters. Take a look!

Mike E.

Kevin Singer – The Last Conquistador


Thanks for coming to Borderlands!

My dog didn't RSVP...

My dog didn't RSVP...

We had a fantastic time at the meet-up at Borderlands Books in San Francisco! Luke Pebler read his Anthology story, The Same International Orange, in front of the live audience, and we had a fantastic live song from Sky Corbelli! You can listen to it below. It's about the Dresden Files! 

We all had a blast, and we hope to do more meet-ups in the future (and not just in San Francisco). Thanks again for coming!

S&L Podcast - #160 - Scully Writes a Book, Ringo is a God

We've got some awesome news about new books from Peter F. Hamilton, Richard Morgan, Joe Abercrombie and Gillian Anderson. Plus we wrap up our January book, The Einstein Intersection.

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Cover art for HALF A KING by Joe Abercrombie

Richard Morgan completes THE DARK DEFILES

Peter F. Hamilton update

X-Files' star Gillian Anderson writing sci-fi book series

FINALISTS: 2013 Philip K. Dick Award


Read down to Feb. 4


The first Outlander trailer is all epic battles (with a hint of sex)

First Game of Thrones season 4 trailer shows why Westeros is hell



Best websites that explain the Einstein Intersection

The role of music in Einstein Intersection

Pronouny things

Knowing the genre

February Pick

Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Leguin


The "Party Scene" in classic Sci-FI



On your last podcast you talked about the "controversy" of picking a weirder, lesser known title like "The Einstein Intersection" over something more well known, like "Nova." But those weird picks, informed by the personal tastes of you two, are so much more interesting than standard picks that I might come across just by googling "top Delaney novels." The weirder picks you guys do don't always sync up exactly with my tastes, but they're always interesting, and they're often something I never would have had the pleasure of coming across on my own.

I personally am loving the weird beauty of The Einstein intersection, and I thought it a good idea to let you guys know that not everyone hates the decision to sometimes go off the beaten path.



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Season 2 Teaser!

We are wrapped on Season 2! We shot twelve episodes over three days, so needless to say.... we are pooped. But the important thing is that we have twelve amazing Author Spotlights in the can, and we can't wait to share them with you!

So stay tuned! Edits are going to start this week, and we should have the first episode rolling out in Feb. Remember, it's all thanks to you wonderful Kickstarter fans, and we are eternally grateful! 

S&L Podcast - #159 - Ian Tregillis on Angels, Superpowers, and Deathmatches

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.

Ian Tregillis entry at Wikipedia

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You can download videos in multiple formats here

S&L Podcast - #157 - Marie Brennan's Fantasy Brings the Science to Fiction


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.

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S&L Podcast - #156 - Wrapping Up Dragons!

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.    

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Tom: Talisker 18    
Veronica: 2010 Pali Wine Co. Tower 15 The Jetty    
New writer hired to continue 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' book series    
PSA: Why there won't be a third book in the Halting State trilogy    
New Yorker on Kim Stanley Robinson: "Our Greatest Political Novelist"    

First Tantalizing Footage from Game of Thrones Season 4!    

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent (but actually by Marie Brennan)    
Alt: His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik    
Next Book: Einstein Intersection by Samuel R Delany (Damon Knight Grand Master Recipient)    
Reading Goals for 2014    
Improved version of Reading Goals thread    
Favorite Series?    
When in trouble, who'd you want watching your back?    
I just wanted to send along a thank you to you guys and the whole sword and laser community. Thanks to the sword and laser hive-mind I was able to pull together the resources I needed to complete my Masters Thesis in History. I defended my thesis today and passed! Sword and laser's book club also provided a much needed respite from the demands of grad school. If anyone's interested I wrote my thesis on the perception of the atomic bomb in American media in the postwar period. And so many people from this group helped me find the works I needed to bolster my research. Thanks again! 

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