No new episode this week?

Between a sick dog, family visits, crazy work schedules, adn more, we may be skipping the episode this week. Assume we wont ave one and maybe we’ll surprise you later on. We should be back next week though!

Free METAtropolis story from Audible

While they aren’t a sponsor, has been kind enough to treat Sword and Laser fans to a free download of the first story from their new Metatropolis series. So we said, why not?! METAtropolis is an interesting project. It’s an original audiobook, meaning there’s no print version. The stories are published directly to audio. The first story is entitled “In the Forest of the Night” written by Jay Lake (author of “Mindspring“) and features the voice of Michael Hogan better known to many of you as Colonel Tigh from Battlestar Galatica. The complete audio book, featuring five unabridged novellas will be released on Oct. 21, 2008.

Go here to download the first story of the audio book. No credit card required, though you will have to create an account. Hey they wanna get something out of you for free.

Don’t feel like registering for an account? No problem. Audible’s also throwing in a free sample of another story from METAtropolis called “To Hie From Far Cienia” by Karl Schroder (read by Stefan Rudnicki). This isn’t the whole story, but there’s nothing required except to click to download.

Download sample of “To Hie from far Ciena”

Let us know what you think of the series, and the idea of free stuff like this in the comments!

#012 – The S&L Podcast: Biggest book pick ever!

Welcome back everyone! So, I’m still trying to figure out why my audio sounds like crap, while Tom sounds great. It’s especially grating since, you know, I’m supposed to be an audio producer and all. How embarrassing! We’ll work it out soon, I promise. Anyhow, here’s the show:

Book #8 is going to be Anathem, by Neal Stephenson. The two interesting things about this book are that a) it’s super long and b) it’s only available in hardcover and Kindle versions. We’re also going to give everyone some more time than usual to get through this 900-someodd page book.


Here’s the poll for the Best Closing Line Contest! Here are the choices:

1. Michael H. — A smile crept into his eyes and with his walking stick in one hand, and the orb faintly glowing in the other, Gabriel set off across the street, scanning the horizon for traffic, and making a mental note to take better care next time he bought a tchochki from a Devonian Barkeep.

2. Michael M. — With palpable relief Schuman slumped over the rail waiting for the pool of magma to close over the briefcase and reflected to himself that he still hadn’t had a cup of coffee.

3. Shane G. — And it came to pass in the last days of the lost colony that the swords were broken and the lasers died and the people cried out to the unhearing heavens from which they had come saying, “If any remain among the stars, for your lives, do not part the quantum jelly!”

4. Gregory F. — After the dust had settled and the sound of battle waned, Sabrina and Julia found each other amongst the ruins.  The sisters then knew they had won, and once again evil would sleep.

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll.

The winner gets a Logitech USB Headset!


Music while reading

Lately, I have been doing a good chunk of my reading on the bus on my way to work. Whenever I leave the house, I always have my iPod on me, so I find myself listening to music while reading. Does anyone else do this, and if so, what do you listen to?

I usually shy away from anything with lyrics. It makes it hard to concentrate if I get caught up listening to the words, so most of my reading is done listening to post-rock stuff like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Esmerine, etc. Recently I have been on a William Gibson kick, and ambient electronic music such as Boards of Canada or Apparat go very well with it.

I can’t listen to music while I read, even something without lyrics. If I try, I soon find myself humming along with what I’m listening to and not paying attention to what I’m reading.

I do write with music on, though, typically something electronic.

How Where Do You Like to Read


Journey to a world beyond words with Audible Sci-Fi & Fantasy. Check out Audible for exclusive access to your favorite sci-fi and fantasy authors and exclusive commentary.  In addition, the new imprint, Audible Frontiers features new and sometimes previously unavailable audio books made available for the first time in audio.  Click here for a free trial offer and get your first audio book free.

Stay tuned for more info on METAtropolis, from Audible!

Battlestar Galactica Cast Members:
Michael Hogan
Alessandro Juliani
Kandyse McClure

Legendary audiobook narrators:
Scott Brick (Frank Herbert’s Dune)
Stefan Rudnicki (Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game)

Sword and Laser 11 – We’re tharn over Watership Down

Sword and Laser bannerIn the latest episode we review Watership Down with our own and your thoughts, as well as move our contest to the next level. Seriously, some of your closing lines are fantastic. Listen and enjoy!

Get the podcast at:

Sword and Laser 10 – OMG Bunnies!

Sword and Laser bannerThe latest episode of the Sword and Laser Book Club podcast is out. we intro our latest book, Watership Down ad talk a bit about some scifi and fantasy book news as well as start a giveaway!

Get the podcast at:

Join the (sci fi book) club!

Sword and Laser bannerVeronica Belmont has graciously allowed me to help her start a science fictiona and fantasy book club called The Sword and Laser. Our first book will be ‘The Golden Compass’ by Philip Pullman (also known as Northern Lights outside the US… why do they do that?). So if you’re into swords and/or lasers, pop on by and join us.