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Author: Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont

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Read along with the Sword and Laser book club! From classic science fiction to the latest gritty fantasy, we cover it. Subscribe for book discussions, author interviews, hot releases, and news from the genre fiction world!
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We’re cautiously pessimistic about Winds of Winter, but hey wouldn’t that be cool? Also we discover what famous authors we live in (yes, you read that right, live in) and our initial thoughts on The Last Unicorn. PLUS an astonishing announcement about next month’s pick!
Tom catches up with Rebecca Roanhorse, author of Trail of Lightning, to talk about writing native cultures in genre fiction and what she gets out of the Nebula conference.
Tom had fun at the Nebulas, and we’re excited about the winners. We also kick off a new book, wrap up the last one and give our thoughts about the Game of Thrones finale.
#353 - Whiskey by Bob

#353 - Whiskey by Bob

2019-05-1600:28:17

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.
#352 - The Sword Conspiracy

#352 - The Sword Conspiracy

2019-05-0200:36:00

To Gene Wolfe! Thank you for Shadow and Claw and Pringles. Plus, William Gibson’s Alien 3, what you need to know before reading The Martian Chronicles, and our final thoughts on the vast conspiracies that make up Theft of Swords.
Brian's most recent book, Uncanny Collateral, is described (on Brian's Twitter) as "Harry Dresden meets Dog the Bounty Hunter in a fast-paced urban fantasy about a collection agent who works for the supernatural."
#350 - Rye-ear-ah

#350 - Rye-ear-ah

2019-04-1100:30:45

So many great books are nominated for Hugos. Independent Bookstore Day is coming up and the proper pronunciation of Riyria! and we kick off our impressions of the refreshing and comfy feelings we’re getting from the thoroughly enjoyable Theft of Swords.
So many books became options! We’re hopeful. Also we’re excited to read our March Madness winner, Theft of Swords. And why Dumbledore may or may not be an irresponsible headmaster.
#348 - Book Battle Royale

#348 - Book Battle Royale

2019-03-1400:36:31

We review the final four books in our Mad March Tournament. Plus lots of great new award-winners and nominees to fill your to-read list and our continuing thoughts on our re-read of Harry Potter.
Author S.A. Chakraborty joins us on the show to talk about the inspiration for her two recent books: The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper.
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Shaun Hughes

the best genre fiction podcast around, can't recommend it enough

Aug 6th
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iTunes User

Very fun hosts for the show. Guest author interviews. New books and classics discussed. Production standards are top-notch. I cannot recommend this podcast enough.

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

Been listening to these two for years now and this is another one that you just shouldn't miss.

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

Are you kidding me? I would listen to these two reading the Yellow Pages. Great podcast!

Aug 30th
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