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.
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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WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?
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
Scott Lynch on THE THORN OF EMBERLAIN
New Yorker on Kim Stanley Robinson: "Our Greatest Political Novelist"
TV, MOVIES AND VIDEO GAMES
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)
BARE YOUR SWORD
Reading Goals for 2014
Improved version of Reading Goals thread
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!
Borderlands Meetup Jan. 20
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It’s a very dragon-filled episode, as we kick off our December pick, A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent, actually by Marie Brennan. Also Temeraire. And Paul and Storm steal our idea but we decide we like them anyway.
Samuel R. Delany Named 2013 Damon Knight Grand Master Recipient
George R.R. Martin shows what happens when dragons go to war
Paul and Storm do an anthology with everyone you love
Young adult readers 'prefer printed to ebooks'
Website Launch: THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH Edited John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey
TV, MOVIES AND VIDEO GAMES
SHANNARA to become a TV series at...MTV?
The climate of Middle Earth
First scientific paper to be released in Elvish, Dwarvish and English
Original Ballantine book cover concept art for J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings on eBay
Alt pick: His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
BARE YOUR SWORD
Tom and Veronica,
I've been listening to the podcast for a few months now and am
really enjoying it. I've backfilled a good number of the past
episodes and watched most of the video shows. I listen to a
fair number of podcasts, but S&L always skips to the front of
I really like that it is both relaxed and professional at the
same time. The quick burns are excellent. The show lengths
are about right. I wouldn't mind if the frequency of episodes
was a little higher.
Also, thanks for keeping the language clean. The amount of
swearing in many podcasts makes me uncomfortable with sharing
them with my daughters. This is especially lossy when the content
would be interesting to them. I am aware that the school yard is
full of colorful speech, but I am trying to promote a more varied
I haven't been able to follow along with any of the book club reads.
The queue is already too long (and getting longer (curses S&L!)), but
I still enjoy listening to you talk about the books.
Originally I hated the theme music, but it is growing on me a little.
Thanks (or curses) for the heads-up on the information about the
non-attending member benefits of WorldCon (more things to read).
I don't understand you S&L was not in the running for a Hugo this
year. Is it not eligible for some reason?
Thanks for a wonderful podcast!
Voicemail from Chris from Maine. Thanks!
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