Excerpt of DARK SUN, BRIGHT MOON and Giveaway!

Excerpt of DARK SUN, BRIGHT MOON and Giveaway!

Looking for something a little different to add to your To-Read list? Click through to read an excerpt of the book, and to find out how you can win a copy!

“Dark Sun, Bright Moon describes people isolated in the Andes, without the least notion of outsiders. They evolve an understanding of the universe that is complementary to our own but a great deal wider. The book explores events of a thousand years ago, events which fit with what we know of the region's history,” says author Oliver Sparrow.

In the Andes of a thousand years ago, the Huari empire is sick. Its communities are being eaten from within by a plague, a contagion that is not of the body but of something far deeper, a plague that has taken their collective spirit. Rooting out this parasite is a task that is laid upon Q’ilyasisa, a young woman from an obscure little village on the forgotten borders of the Huari empire.

This impossible mission is imposed on her by a vast mind, a sentience that has ambitions to shape all human life. Her response to this entails confrontations on sacrificial pyramids, long journeys through the Amazonian jungle and the establishment of not just one but two new empires. Her legacy shapes future Andean civilization for the next four hundred years, until the arrival of the Spanish.

Dark Sun, Bright Moon takes the reader on a fascinating adventure that includes human sacrifice, communities eaten from within, a vast mind blazing under the mud of Lake Titicaca, and the rise and fall of empires cruel and kind.

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S&L Podcast - #204 - Annihilation is Not the End

Veronica REALLY wanted to make the title of this episode "Tom Merritt is a sexist pig." But Tom doesn't need that kind of grief. And besides he has promised to read even more female SciFi/Fantasy authors going forward. But if you want to hear Veronica giggle at the notion-- as well as defend our book pick, Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, and wax eloquent about the need for varied perspectives in literature-- then fire up this episode!

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WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?    
Tom: Boddington's Pub Ale    
Veronica: Some kind of white wine    
    
QUICK BURNS
    
Nominate Your Favorite Works And People For The 2015 Hugo Awards
    
Nokomis.FL noted "George RR Martin’s The Winds of Winter: no plans for publication in 2015 " Trike wasn't sure this was really news and Robert wrote: "given that 'Winds of Winter' won't be published in 2015, it's almost certain that the TV show will finish before the books are published. "
    
Michele and Dara: 
 "J. Michael Straczynski Will Adapt Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars for Spike TV""  
    
Dara: More books into tv series! Endemol studios has acquired the rights to Lauren Beuke's Broken Monsters    
    
"Ben:  After their popular special issues and Kickstarter campaign last year Women destroy Science Fiction (and fantasy and horror too) - Lightspeed are doing a similar thing with Queers Destroy.... Which can be backed on Kickstarter at the moment.
    
Robyn:  I'm late to the game (and apologies if this has been mentioned before), but I just realised that The Guardian is doing a monthly round-up of SFF - January's is here. Fun way to find out about new books.    
    
Also take a look at John DeNardo's SF Signal's 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy and Horror Books to Look Forward to in 2015 (Part 2)    
    
BARE YOUR SWORD
    
Louie: Who are your top 5 most read authors?    
    
Tom:        

1-Philip K. Dick        30
2-William Shakespeare        18
3-Stephen King        14
4-Evelyn Waugh        11
4-Douglas Adams        11
4-Neal Stephenson        11
7-Hunter S. Thompson        10
8-Frank Herbert        9
8-Douglas Coupland        9
    
Veronica:
1-Charlaine Harris        14
2- Laurie R. King        13
2-Robin Hobb        13
4-Tad Williams        12
4-Jim Butcher        12
6-Orson Scott Card        9
7-Jacqueline Carey        7
7-Gail Carriger        7
7-Kevin Hearne        7
7-J.K. Rowling        7"    
    
A Rant about a Particular Aspect of eBooks    

BOOK OF THE MONTH DISCUSSION    
    
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer     
Jeff VanderMeer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia    
Annihilation review – 'You'll find yourself afraid to turn the page' | Books | The Guardian    
Finally, a novel about weird science that's genuinely weird     

ADDENDUMS    
    
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A love letter to Borderlands Books, but not a goodbye

The first time I saw Borderlands was a month or so after I had moved to San Francisco in 2004. I remember walking down Valencia Street and ogling all the stores I could not yet afford to shop in (moving to an expensive city with no job straight out of college will do that to a girl). I was probably with one of the gals I had moved out with, who couldn't comprehend my excitement at finding a store completely devoted to science fiction and fantasy. 

It was perfect. It was as though it had sprung fully-formed from within the deepest reaches of my nerdy brain. Rows and rows of books. All my favorite authors, and many more that I didn't even know I loved yet. Dark wood. That delicious book smell. A small, completely hairless cat named Ripley.

Here I am nervously getting my book signed by Robin Hobb at Borderlands

Here I am nervously getting my book signed by Robin Hobb at Borderlands

Throughout the years I came as much as I could, though I never became the regular I wanted to be. I wanted it to be my Cheers. That place I could go where everyone would know my name and ask me how I liked the most recent Tad Williams or Robin Hobb. In fact, I met Robin there during a book signing, and it was the most nervous I had ever been speaking with another human being in memory. She was wonderful, of course.

But I didn't go enough. Even now, after S&L has been meeting there monthly for our book club, and even after I've been back many, countless times for signings or just to browse the latest releases, I don't know if they'd even know me or know how much that store has meant.

Borderlands is closing. This physical lynchpin of my obsession for SFF is going away, and I don't know if we can save it. San Francisco is expensive enough as it is, but a recent minimum wage increase (which I voted for...) is their real undoing. Not to mention the on-going stress of being a small, niche bookstore in a town obsessed with the digital. There's going to be a meeting next month at the store to discuss options, and I definitely plan on being there.

Mostly, I just needed to write this to vent. I'm sad, and I'm angry, and I regret not doing more. Alan and Jude have worked so hard to keep this beautiful store open for so many years, and so many wonderful authors have come through its doors. 

Thank you, Borderlands, for being that place for us. But we're not ready to say goodbye just yet!

Sword & Laser meet-up and anthology reading January 2014

Sword & Laser meet-up and anthology reading January 2014

FEATURED REVIEW: Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

Welcome to our Featured Reviews! In this series, we'll be highlighting book reviews by the S&L audience. If you want to submit a review, please check out the guidelines here! -Veronica

Review by Daniel Eavenson

I've read the first part of the Imperial Radch series, Ancillary Justice, which I enjoyed very much.  It was an excellent introduction to a new world of science fiction, and an interesting arc for a series where an empire would wage a secret war against itself.  Therefore, I went into this second entry with a set of expectations about the content of this novel.  Expectations that were thoroughly thwarted by the author writing something else.

I had expected more intrigue and action.  More surprises and technological horrors that raged through the last third of Ancillary Justice.  I guess I had forgotten the first two thirds of quiet introspection and excellent world building that had proceeded all that fun. Instead, Ancillary Sword takes us to new places, but they are small intimate locations that hold none of the galactic level chess game that the end of the first novel had primed me for.

Ancillary Sword follows the same main character as Ancillary Justice.  The cybernetic former ship AI turned revenge driven walking corpse Breq takes command of a new ship at the behest of the emperor of the titular Radch.  Instead of pursuing the secret war raging at the heart of the empire, Breq decides that personal matters must be seen to, and travels to Athoek station, where the only living relative of his beloved Lieutenant Awn works as a Horticulturalist.

This is an extremely personal story for Breq.  The character is trying to come to grips with a new position while also dealing with the ongoing degradation of the empire due to the secret war.  On Athoek station this is mostly through the examination of class.

Of course, this being a continuation of the themes of Ancillary Justice, class is explored through an additional layer of what it means to be human.  Are you still a worthwhile being if you have been ordered and cataloged by the society around you?  Are you even human if you don't speak the language of civilization?  This of course all being explored by someone who is decidedly not human.  An AI walking around in a stolen body.  It's the best quality of the series and Leckie doesn't let us down with her continued examination of our own society through the lens of the one she created.  The strength of her vision is evident through every carefully chosen word of the novel, continuing the thought provoking work she started in Ancillary Justice.

Even her "trick" of avoiding the naming of characters specific gender is continued here and used to great effect. The true genius of it is that you grow to simply not care who has what set of genes in their pants.  The trick is not to leave you guessing, but to reach the point where you stop guessing, because it just doesn't matter.  Her other themes are done with the same deft hand, not getting in the way of the story, but always there and available to be found without a lot of guessing and pretentious philosophizing. It's one of my favorite points of the series is that Leckie doesn't just ask these questions but shows us the path her created empire takes when it tries to answer basic questions about who is human and what it takes to be human.

As impressed as I was by the quality of the writing I still felt that there were missed opportunities by staying with the small personal stories of Athoek station and not going out into the deep problems of the war inside the Imperial Radch.  I would probably have less concerns if the ideas and concerns of the war weren't constantly being brought up in the story.  If I could have just been left to live in Athoek station I might have come to terms with the breaking of my expectations.  The story, though, constantly takes me back to all of the galactic level problems that Breq is actively avoiding and risking by going to Athoek to deal with his own personal issues.  Issues that I ultimately just found less interesting the possibilities that existed out in the warring universe that Leckie had crafted for us.

This is still an excellent extremely recommendable book, but it loses a star for me for breaking my expectations and then reminding me over and over about how broken they were.  3 out of 5. (Honestly 3.5 but goodreads don't got half numbers :( )

S&L Podcast - #203 - Myke Cole's Secret Unicorn

We welcome back the amazing Myke Cole to talk about how he finds time to write great books, fight crime, and decorate his apartment with even more books. We also pressure him into a startling revelation about unicorns. And of course, talk to him about his new book, Gemini Cell: A Shadow Ops Novel which is out now!

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S&L Podcast - #202 - Ready Player Two

We wrap up The Sparrow. We loved it and it made us sad. We're also blown away at the quality of books being made into TV shows. Well, only a pilot and a trailer but so far so good. But should you risk reading a book and seeing a movie or TV show too? Maybe not!

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Watch the Google Hangout!
    
WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?    
Tom: Jameson's Select Reserve Black Barrel    
Veronica: Hendricks Gin  
    
QUICK BURNS 
    
Yento: New trailer for The Expanse. I'm trying so hard not to get too excited about it because syfy but this looks like it could be pretty good.   
    
Louie: First look at The Man in the High Castle adaptation. (Israel also alerted us)
    
Dara:  SyFy is really into adapting books. Now they're turning Robert Charles Wilson's Spin into a miniseries.     
    
Warren: Screenwriter Zak Penn, who's written the Ready Player One adaptation, has revealed that Ernest Cline is currently working on a second novel.     
    
David: "Gollancz have acquired the English translation and publication rights to three further Witcher books by Polish fantasy author Andrzej Sapkowski." via The Wertzone   
    
BARE YOUR SWORD
    
Steve: How to dislodge the movie from the book?  
    
Jonathon: Big, Long Series to Fill Gap Left By WoT 
    
BOOK OF THE MONTH DISCUSSION    
    
Next month's pick: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (We'll formally kick off next episode)    
    
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell    
    
TS: Disappointed With The Ending (full spoilers) 
        
ADDENDUMS

We have a new producer! Hi Jacob!

S&L Podcast - #201 - Don't Fear the Roomba?

Author and robotics engineer Daniel H. Wilson chats with us about his new story/app called Mayday: Deep Space about a person trapped on a ship full of monsters. Only you can help him survive! But of course we have to ask Daniel when the robots will rise up and kill us all. 

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S&L Podcast - #200 - Best Books of 2014

Well we're here to kick off the new year AND celebrate our 200th episode so we gathered drinks and cheer and your favorite books of 2014 as well as our own and a few others. You'll never guess which one everybody picked! That's not true. You'll totally guess. You probably already guessed. But listen to the show anyway, OK. For us?
    
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WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?    
Tom: Mimosa with Veuve Clicquot    
Veronica: Bulleit Rye    
    
QUICK BURNS
    
Mark Zuckerberg started a book club on Facebook because books are good 
    
Rob and Chakara: TWO new Mistborn novels by Brandon Sanderson will be released in late 2015 and early 2016!    
    
Nick: A Library In Your Pocket: How Having an E-reader Has Changed My Reading Habits
    
BARE YOUR SWORD
    
Your best of 2014    
The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Of 2014   
Top 5 Sci-Fi Books of 2014 - OMNI Reboot    
The Martian by Andy Weir    
    
BOOK OF THE MONTH DISCUSSION    
    
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell    

 I want to have dinner with Anne and George!    
    
Final thoughts on The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern    
    
ADDENDUMS    
    
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S&L Podcast - #199 - Integrity for Sale

This week we almost wrap up The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, discuss the intricacies of eBook DRM and try to decide just how high a price our integrity would fetch. We also wonder the same about Neal Stephenson and Steven Hawking. Join us, won't you?

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S&L Podcast - #198 - The Most Hated Phrases in SciFi

This week we're busy. We congratulate the winners of several year-end awards. We kick off our December book pick, The Night Circus, a beautiful novel by Erin Morgenstern. And we dive into some of the most wretched and hated terms and phrases in the professions of authorship. Mary Sue is under siege!

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WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?

Tom: Red Trolley Ale
Veronica: Red Branch Hard Apple & Honey Cider
Casey: What are YOU drinking?

QUICK BURNS

Tamahome: The Goodreads choice awards are in
Sky: Audible's best of 2014 released. Sanderson managed to win out over UF/Paranormal :)
Dara: SyFy has cast the leads for The Magicians series. Jason Ralph will play Quentin Coldwater and Sosie Bacon (daughter of Kevin Bacon) will play Alice.
Nick pointed out the successful test flight of the unmanned Orion space capsule
Nick: Christopher Nolan rumored to be offered Ready Player One to direct
Fiona: The BBC adapted Good Omens as a 6 part audioplay. First part will air on Radio 4 on Monday 22nd December. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman have cameo appearances!
Tamahome: What James Cameron says you'll do when you see the Avatar sequels. NSFW.http://boingboing.net/2014/11/26/james-cameron-on-avatar-sequel.html

PICKS

Andrew picked: The City and the City by China Mieville

BARE YOUR SWORD

Louie: Terms authors are tired of hearing: "Infodump," "Mary Sue," "Hard SF," "Dystopian."
What are some terms that you are tired of hearing/reading?

Marion: What Is The Strangest or Most Unique SF/Fantasy Novel That You Have Ever Read?

BOOK OF THE MONTH DISCUSSION

Kick off: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Erin Morgenstern on The Night Circus - YouTube

the night circus | erin morgenstern

Erin Morgenstern - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

ADDENDUMS

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S&L Podcast - #197 - Veronica is a Cannibal

We sing the praises of Ursula K. Leguin, marvel at the casting of HBO's Westworld, announce our December book pick and wrap up Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick. Also, Veronica admits she would eat people. 

Ed. note: I would eat people -V

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WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?    
Tom: Milk (of human kindness)
Veronica: Tullamore Dew   
    
QUICK BURNS
    
Sandra: Philip K. Dick's Short Story ‘The Crawlers’ Is Getting A Big Screen Adaptation     
    
David: Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014.    
    
terpkristin: The follow-up to Brandon Sanderson's first "Legion" novella (novelette? short story? something?) came out 11/24! It will be free from Audible for the first month, based on his blog post.   
   
Kvon: Pat Rothfuss' Worldbuilders is once again running an sff lottery and auction to benefit Heifer Intl. 
    
David: Wesley Chu re-signs with Angry Robot Books  
    
Michele and Rob: Amazon and Hachette have reached an agreement  
    
Bookshelf: Next year HBO will have a new series.West world- With Anthony Hopkins- an adaptation of Michael Crichton's 1973 novel of the same name.   
    
PICKS    
    
The Secret Root by D.S. Cahr suggested by Ira.      
    
Next time we'll discuss The City and the City by China Mieville suggested by Andrew.  Post your thoughts to the thread and we'll discuss more about them next time!     
    
Find more upcoming releases at swordandlaser.com/calendar    
    
BARE YOUR SWORD
    
Marion: What is the one book or series you would give away to someone who is reading SF/Fantasy for the first time?   
    
Rob Secundus: Monstrously Long Audiobook Recs    
    
BOOK OF THE MONTH DISCUSSION    
    
Next month's pick: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern    
    
Wrap up:  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick    
    
Drew: The Toad
    
Jay: Is everyone a vegetarian or is meat only for the richest people?     
    
John: I find it interesting how Dick describes casual lack of empathy. 

ADDENDUMS    
    
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S&L Podcast - #196 - Would Vegetarians Eat Electric Meat?

We have some awesome World Fantasy winners to talk about, some exciting casting news for The Magicians and The Expanse, but it really gets interesting when our “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” check-in turns into an ethics of meat-eating discussion. 

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WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?    

Tom: Talisker    
Veronica: Glenmorangie    
    
QUICK BURNS
    
Dara: Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar) will adapt Asimov's Foundation trilogy for HBO.
    
Terpkristin: The 2014 World Fantasy Award winners were announced, you can read the list here. Best novel went to A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar. I think we should think about reading it sometime soon as a sword pick. :) Saladin Ahmed agrees.

Sandra: Syfy's adaptation of the 'The Magicians' series has cast Eliot, Penny and Julia's roles      

Rob: Scribd is adding audio books to it's monthly subscription service.   

Louie: Deadline reports more ""The Expanse"" casting

PICKS        

Book Discussion: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Leguin suggested by Carrie Smith.    
    
Next time we'll discuss The Secret Root by D.S. Cahr suggested by Ira.  Post your thoughts to the thread and we'll discuss more about them next time!

Find more upcoming releases at swordandlaser.com/calendar    
    
BARE YOUR SWORD
    
What hard science fiction do you like?    
    
Looking For Psychological Horror Recommendations    

LOCAL MEETUPS    
    
Terpkristin: MD/DC/NoVa: Looking for more members    

Stephen: Orange County: Nov. 24th 6:30 pm or so, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers    

Josh: The next San Francisco S&L meetup is Monday, Nov 24 from 6pm - 8pm at Borderlands Books!    

BOOK OF THE MONTH DISCUSSION     

Check in on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep     

Bookshelf: The one thing missing in both the book and movie is the coffee.
They got the cigarettes but no coffee. (There should be at least one Night Hawks at the Diner kind of scene).

Jay: So... Why can't empathy be programmed?     

ADDENDUMS     

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S&L Podcast - #195 - Why It's OK to Hate My Favorite Book

It's a jam-packed episode this week with great news for Ann Leckie and Andy Weir, our wrap-up of Alif the Unseen, kickoff of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and the determination that it's OK to hate the book I love.

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WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?    
Coffee. We’re both drinking coffee because we did this show in the morning. 

QUICK BURNS

Sandra: Ann Leckie announced on her website that her novel Ancillary Justice has been optioned for television by Fox Television Studios     
    
Tamahome: G. Willow Wilson takes over (all female) X-men after her successful Ms. Marvel stint 
    
Joe Informatico: The already stellar cast of The Martian adaptation gains Chiwetel Ejiofor, officially making it the greatest film in the annals of celluloid.     
    
Nick: The Hemingwrite   

PICKS    

Book Discussion: The Many-Coloured Land by Julian May suggested by Ralff Windwalker    
    
Next time we'll discuss The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Leguin suggested by Carrie Smith. Post your thoughts to the thread and we'll discuss more about them next time!     
    
Find more upcoming releases at swordandlaser.com/calendar    
    
BARE YOUR SWORD
    
Will: Amazon wants your vote on which books to publish. Amazon introduces the Kindle Scout program    
    
Trike: Counting With Covers!    
    
Nick: I tell the previous story as a metaphor(is that the right word?) for the times when a book is really really loved and popular and you read it and don't like it but feel something must be wrong with you because you don't get it.   

Dara: I recently finished reading Nexus and Crux by Ramez Naam.    
    
David: eBook-only series    
    
BOOK OF THE MONTH DISCUSSION    
    
Kickoff: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick        

    
Wrapup: Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson    
  
ADDENDUMS    
    
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S&L Podcast - #193 - Kiss from a Queen (on the Face)

In Neil Gaiman’s new book, The Sleeper and the Spindle, Sleeping Beauty gets woken by a Queen’s kiss. And there’s pictures so it did happen. Fictionally speaking. We also discuss The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan, and find out people are pleasantly surprised by the techno-thrilling coming of age fantasy that is Alif the Unseen. 

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QUICK BURNS  

Neil Gaiman's upcoming children's book, The Sleeper and the Spindle 
Winners of the 2014 Aurora Awards for best Canadian SciFi    
    
Mark wrote:  "In partnership with Ideate Media, IDW Publishing is proud to announce that Dirk Gently will be appearing in his first-ever comic-book series in 2015, helping to prove the interconnectedness of all things, the precept by which Dirk Gently, Douglas Adams’ beloved fictional “holistic detective” lives. Written by Chris Ryall with art by Tony Akins. A cover for issue #1 is by Chew co-creator Rob Guillory."

PICKS   
Book Discussion: The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan suggested by Vaughn.     

Next time we'll discuss The Many-Coloured Land by Julian May suggested by Ralff Windwalker. Post your thoughts to the thread and we'll discuss more about them next time!   
  
Find more upcoming releases at swordandlaser.com/calendar    
    
BARE YOUR SWORD
Best use of Time Travel in a novel?    
It's the end of the world as we know it    
    
BOOK OF THE MONTH DISCUSSION    
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson    
AtU: Religion in AtU - Net Positive or Negative by Hack    
AtU: The character of Vikram (spoilers) by Joanna    
AtU: Finished and Pleasantly Surprised? by Buzz    

ADDENDUMS    
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S&L Podcast - #192 - Sexual Experiences with Robert Jackson Bennett

Robert Jackson Bennett joins us on the show this week to talk about his new book, City of Stairs!

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The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions—until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world’s new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself—first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it—stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy.

Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani. Officially, the unassuming young woman is just another junior diplomat sent by Bulikov’s oppressors. Unofficially, she is one of her country’s most accomplished spies, dispatched to catch a murderer. But as Shara pursues the killer, she starts to suspect that the beings who ruled this terrible place may not be as dead as they seem—and that Bulikov’s cruel reign may not yet be over.

We also take questions from you, the audience, and ask him what the heck was going on with the video below:


S&L Podcast - #191 - Tom Merritt, Kindle Hater

From excitement about a new book in the Old Man's War series, to a rising demand for SciFi, things are looking up on the laser side. We also find out that Tom doesn't use a Kindle and Veronica's opinion on spiders.     

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WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?    
Tom: Yorkshire Gold Tea    
Veronica: Hendricks Gin and Tonic    
    
QUICK BURNS
    
Joanna: Next Old Man's War book from John Scalzi announced. 
The End of All Things

    
SporadicReviews: Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy optioned for TV!
    
Joe Informatico: FOX has committed to a put pilot* for a TV series based on the DC Comics (former Vertigo imprint) version of Lucifer, Lord of Hell. Lucifer first appeared in the Neil Gaiman-written Sandman comics before later featuring in his own Vertigo series. 

*I had to look this up. Apparently a ""put pilot"" means the network/channel agrees to air the pilot with substantial financial penalties to the development studio if they back out. This is generally a sure sign the network will pick up the pilot.   
    
SporadicReviews pointed out Pyr books in a blog post wrote: "We’ve recently heard from independent booksellers that their customers are hungry for science fiction again, despite the predominance of fantasy over these last several years. 
    
Paul: New Kindle Voyage looks cool.

PICKS
    
ShadowShow by Brad Strickland    

Book Discussion:     
Next time we'll discuss The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan Post your thoughts to the thread and we'll discuss more about them next time!    
    
Find more upcoming releases at swordandlaser.com/calendar    
    
BARE YOUR SWORD 
    
Good books that are driven distinctly by outstanding dialogue?    
What's with the giant spiders?    
Peter V. Brett Calls Out DC Comics on Sexism    

BOOK OF THE MONTH DISCUSSION    
    
Kick Off Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
S&L Podcast - #112 - Interview with G. Willow Wilson! — Sword & Laser    

Wrap-Up    

Stories of Your Life and others by Ted Chiang    
SoYLaO: The Common Thread of the Stories (Mild Spoilers)  - Carolina 
    
ADDENDUMS    
    
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S&L Podcast - #189 - Literary Virginity, Literally

We dig into the first four stories from Ted Chiang's Stories of Your Life and Others, and boy do we learn a lot about ourselves and others. Plus you'll want to take your vitamins since Margaret Atwood's latest novel won't be available to read for 100 years and we explore the idea of regaining your literary virginity.

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WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?    

Tom: Lipton Diet Citrus Green Tea    
Veronica: B12 in water    
    
QUICK BURNS   
    
From Sandra: Legendary TV has acquired the rights to John Scalzi’s novel “Lock In” to adapt into a pilot for a potential series.

Legendary TV Buys John Scalzi Novel ‘Lock In’
    
From Joe Informatico: The Man in the High Castle TV series has cast its lead actress. Alexa Davalos, of Angel and Chronicles of Riddick fame, will play Juliana.     
    
Also from Sandra the newshound! - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s 1990 novel Good Omens is to be adapted for Radio 4 by Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy director Dirk Maggs.    
    
Margaret Atwood is writing a new book, but you won't be able to read it this century. She will be storing her next novel for 100 years in a library in Norway as part of a project organized by Scottish artist Katie Paterson.    
    
PICKS    
    
For the next six weeks we'll be highlighting picks from supporters of our Kickstarter. Look for threads to be posted in the Goodreads Group once every two weeks. We'll collect your thoughts and comments on the books then toss one around on each show until we've covered all six. These aren't official book club picks, just a way to expose folks to a few more options for things to read. We'd especially love to hear from folks who've already read these!    
Our first pick comes from Jonathan Strickland. Post your thoughts to the thread and we'll discuss more about them next time    
Book Discussion: ShadowShow by Brad Strickland    

BARE YOUR SWORD
    
What do you want to see in the store?! Also, we have a store!    
    
Litterarius Virginitas – what?    
    
For the love of Stanislaw Lem    

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Hey guys! I'm a fan of your work and I recently subscribed to the podcast. I was wondering if you have already read ""The Commonwealth Saga"" by Peter F. Hamilton. I found it to be a great read (or listen, since I consumed it through Audible).

The whole universe it portrays is fascinating and I found myself devouring all 5 books as fast as I could. The last three books ("The Void Trilogy") combine sci-fi and fantasy in a great way and I think you will enjoy it.

Thanks and keep up what you're doing with S&L and your other projects because they are great.    

Rodrigo

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I'm writing to plug an anthology that I helped put together along with the rest of my Clarion Workshop class (UCSD 2012). We released it yesterday, we worked hard on it, and we're proud of it. It has 17 stories, one from nearly every person in my class, and they run the gamut from dark to light, satire to serious, sf to horror to fantasy. Several of the authors are award-winners, including Sam J. Miller, who won this year's Shirley Jackson Award for his story ""57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides."" Our Week 1 teacher Jeffrey Ford graciously provided the foreword.

It's a diverse tome that was more than a little inspired by the success you guys had with the S&L Antho. We're trying to do our own little Humble-Bundle-style, pay-as-you-can thing with this. 100% of the net proceeds are going to the Clarion Foundation to support future workshops. There's more info at http://awkwardrobots.org

Luke Pebler   

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BOOK OF THE MONTH DISCUSSION    
For next month: Veronica started a thread to brainstorm    
    
Stories of Your Life and others by Ted Chiang