Locus Award finalists! Great supplementary material for the Martian Chronicles! Why we need utopias! AI Whisky! ALL THAT AND MORE! Sorry. We're really excited about this episode. We hope you will be too.
WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?
Veronica: Golden State Cider
They have discussions on 853 other topics to download including the famous “Year Without Summer” that sparked the writing of Frankenstein.
The format of the show is that several leading experts are invited to discuss the topic in a sort-of narrative style. You feel as if you are listening to a story even though you’re really listening to top experts having a discussion. The host, Melvyn Bragg, deserves a lot of credit for keeping things flowing and understandable.
William: The Guardian has published an article advocating for the writing of more positive Science Fiction.
It briefly looks through the history of both dystopian and utopian fiction and considers why we are so suspicious of utopias.
It argues that while the world is far from ideal, many of us are in what others would call a utopia to the extent that rather than most people dying before adulthood we even ""have time to be outraged that chickens are ill-treated"". Positive visions of the future can allow us to build a better world.
BARE YOUR SWORD
Scott says: Hey folks - saw this and instantly thought of the distillery business in the Bobiverse!
David says: Catching up on sword and laser podcast, saw that Veronica is looking for comic book recommendations.
Echo by Terry Moore or Rachel Rising by Terry Moore.
Scooby-doo Team up is a great book, I like it because it's one book = one adventure
Batman: Long Halloween
RASL by Jeff Smith
Sam and Fuzzy by Sam Logan (www.samandfuzzy.com) a fun web comic
"Jenny says: Hi Tom and Veronica,
It's your loyal librarian, bringing you the OED entry on ""scrumpy.""
I also wanted to say that I know I read Rivers of London because of others in Sword and Laser and was surprised to realize it was never an official pick! That series is amazing in audio.
BOOK OF THE MONTH DISCUSSION
Book Briefing May 2019 - The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
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