S&L Podcast - #364 - Kick Your Problems in the Face

Fran Wilde's op-ed from the future sounds hilarious. N. K. Jemisin's new novel sounds awesome. And Andy Weir's short story has been adapted into a cool short film. So much good reading out there! Plus our thoughts on why Trail of Lightning has us thinking that sometimes you just have to kick your problems in the face.

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Mark: The New York Times is publishing Op-Eds from the future. The latest was written by a S+L author. The comments are entertaining too.


Please, Stop Printing Unicorns
Bioprinters are not toys, and parents shouldn’t give them to children.
By Fran Wilde

Update: There are links to more Op-Eds from the future in the article, including some written by other familiar authors: Ted Chiang, Hannu Rajaniemi, and Steven James.

Dara: Entertainment Weekly has a preview of N.K. Jemisin's upcoming novel, The City We Became. The story is an expansion of her short story The City Born Great, which you can read on Tor. You can also find the story in How Long 'til Black Future Month?.

From the article:

"The city of New York comes to life — literally, as in, the city has developed sentience and an ability to act on its own,"" Jemisin teases to EW. ""And because there’s a dangerous otherworldly tourist lurking about, trying to supernaturally gentrify the city to death, New York chooses five human champions to fight for it. Problem: they don’t know they’ve been recruited for a magical, interdimensional battle, although they figure it out pretty quickly when possessed toilet stalls attack, backyard pools turn into portals to monsterville, and traffic on the FDR becomes a literal, tentacled, killer."

Louie: Andy Weir's story, The Egg, gets adapted into a short film by Munich-based animation studio, Kurzgesagt (translation- In a Nutshell).

Anne: Bustle has a list of 20 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books From The 2010s That You Definitely Shouldn't Miss. It‘s focused on female and LGBTQ writers from what I can gather, though it doesn’t say so specifically

Dara: Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea Cycle is being adapted for tv. A24 and producer Jennifer Fox will be adapting it with Le Guin's blessing, which she gave before she passed. This will be the first adaptation with her approval.

@charliejane: YES IT'S TRUE. Now it can be told! The incredibly smart humans who translated all of the coolness of The Expanse to the screen are now turning their giant brains to my book The City in the Middle of the Night. I'm so glad I no longer have to freak out in silence! )exec producer Sharon Hall)"

Stubble: Earlier in the week Daniel Henney, known for his roles in Criminal minds, Hawaii five-o and several other roles joined the cast of Amazon's Wheel of Time series. He's going to be playing the stoic Warder and Blademaster Lan Mandragoran.
He'll be joining the other cast which as of yet consists of Rosamunde Pike as Moiraine and five unknown young actors who's shown great acting skills in the few projects they've been part of so far.
You can see @WoTonPrime's twitter announcement of Daniel Henney's casting here.
You can see "The Hollywood Reporter's" article about the upcoming Wheel of Time series here.
Filming is expected to start on the 16th of September. It's exactly 12 years after Robert Jordan passed away.

Sponsor: Orphan Black the next chapter from Serial Box.


Gary, @seniorgeek49 sez: Reading Trail of Ligtning for @swordandlaser? Want your own Böker? Better hurry:

Review of The Poppy War, by S&L SF group member Robert!

What is the average sword to sorcery ratio in fantasy?


Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Book Briefing

Sword and Laser interview with Rebecca Roanhorse.


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