Hodor!

Good news, everyone!

Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor on the HBO series Game of Thrones, will be joining us on the podcast next week! If you have any questions for him, please let us know over on the Goodreads thread!

In the meantime, make sure to follow him on Twitter!

Tech News Today 307: No Offense, But Bugger Off

PlayStations get cheaper and weirder, US phone users proven rude, Fox and ABC get ready to encourage piracy, and more.

Guest: Stuart Miles

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44:00

Tech News Today 306: Google Conquers Motorola

Bing beats Google at search success, ATT sues to stop its customers, Google bought itself a little something, and more.

Hosts: Nilay Patel

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53:43

S&L Podcast – #71 – Dance with Dragons wrap-up

Yes this week we wrap-up our thoughts on “A Dance with Dragons” and there is quite a bit to talk about. Meantimes there’s other stuff in the worlds of Swords and Lasers, including a couple top 100 book lists to debate. And debate them we do!

QUICK BURNS

NPR: Your Picks: Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books

S&L Top-100 Science Fiction, Fantasy Titles

Write an adventure novel in three days, the Michael Moorcock way

CALENDAR

io9 complete guide

8/16/2011 The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind

8/16/2011 Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

8/17/2011 The Edinburgh Dead by Brian Ruckley

8/18/2011 By Light Alone – by Adam Roberts

8/23/2011 The Measure of the Magic: Legends of Shannara By Terry Brooks

8/23/2011 The Power of Six (I Am Number Four) By Pittacus Lore

BARE YOUR SWORD

Cooking Ice and Fire

TV and Movies

Eureka Cancelled

Six more for THRONES

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Spoilers Imminent)

EMAILS

Veronica,

I would like to urge you to listen to Little Fuzzy with an open mind. The story is neither misogynistic, nor racist and I think that you may just find it delightful. Piper’s work, like that of Asimov and Heinlein, is a product of the 60’s. The characters smoke and drink martinis. True, there aren’t many female leading characters. The lead female character is named Ruth and she is no secretary. She is a powerful lawyer and central to the plot. For the early 1960s I’d say this was fairly progressive.

The cast of human characters is also fairly diverse racially and culturally. Piper envisioned a universe that was not America-centric and numerous characters have Muslim or Hindi names or were the products of interracial marriage. By the standards of the day, this would be considered very progressive.

What might throw you is the fact that the story is indeed dated. The good guys and bad guys are pretty well defined and protagonist Jack Halloway is not flawed in the way that people expect a good character to be. He’s something like an old cowboy, I suppose. Some of the technology is humorously dated — he has to run his movie film through a portable processing lab, for example.

The story addresses some very deep social issues, mainly what constitutes humanity. How do we decide when to confer human rights to non-humans?

This book was the first sci-fi novel I read as a kid. The gateway drug, one could say. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Side note: You’ll remember that during the live interview with David Gerrold at DragonCon last year, he mentioned that he had originally called his creatures Fuzzies but had to change the name to Tribbles because of the H.Beam Piper novel. Also, much of Piper’s work is available for free as it has slipped into the public domain.

Anyway, I had to speak up for one of my very favorite authors. Thanks for your awesome podcast. I hope to see you guys again at DragonCon this year.

-Rick Parker

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BOOK CHECK-IN

A Dance with Dragons

About Jon Snow

The Maesters speculation

ADDENDUMS

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Tech News Today 305: Make It Rain, Sarah Lane

Why Google+ hates your name, tattoos replace electrodes, ATT’s stupid merger math, and more.

Hosts: Eric Franklin

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50:24

Tech News Today 304: Measuring Piles Of Patents

Google Plus gets game(s), final word on the patent mess, PCs are over, and more.

Hosts: Jonathan Strickland

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47:25

Tech News Today 303: You Say SATA, I Say SATA

Kindle cloud reader, wireless data hacked, DARPA goes Mach 20, and more.

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