S&L Podcast – #152 – Ancillary Justice Wrap-up with Author Ann Leckie

Two big reasons to cheer on this episode. One, you backed us, you really backed us, and we have 12 glorious episodes of the video Sword and Laser authors guides coming next year. Two, author Ann Leckie joins us to wrap up Ancillary Justice!

WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?    
Tom:    Yorkshire Gold Tea
Veronica:    Water
    
QUICK BURNS    
    
We funded!! Thank you so much to everyone who backed the Season 2 Kickstarter. We’ll send out updates as we get details on things like add-ons and of course shoot dates and post dates for the shows!

Own William Gibson’s bomber jacket!    
Neil Gaiman wrote this fairy tale short film about a girl that can fly    
Crowdfunding an sf/f mag for teens    
Singularity & Co. is saving the sci-fi, one pulp novel at a time.     
The Top 101 Science Fiction Adventures   

CALENDAR
       
TV, MOVIES AND VIDEO GAMES    
Guillermo Del Toro’s TV series greenlit    
HBO no longer developing AMERICAN GODS    
Adaptation Watch: Robert J. Sawyer’s TRIGGERS Optioned for Film, Sawyer to Write Screenplay    
J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic Being Developed   

    
BOOK KICK-OFF    

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan    

BOOK WRAP-UP    

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie    
       
EMAIL    
    
Dear Tom and Veronica (and Tom’s dogs)

Just dropping a quick line to say that I really enjoyed your Myke Cole interview – Myke came across as a really engaging, gracious and humble guy, and I’ve downloaded Control Point to Kindle so that I can make a start on Shadow Ops.

Thanks, as always, for Sword and Laser – I’m afraid that I’m struggling a bit with Ancillary Justice this month, but regardless of how I’m getting on with the month’s read, the podcast contains so much discussion of Sci-Fi/Fantasy as a whole that it’s a must-listen, each week.

All the best from the UK

Ralph aka slowfox
    
ADDENDUMS    

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A message from Aaron! Re: Kickstarter

That’s right, we have only 3 days left on the Kickstarter! It has been an amazing month, and we can’t wait to bring Season 2 to you guys! 

But we are still trying to reach our second stretch goal, and we have some big things planned… including getting a certain someone to speak! Can you guess who?

We added a few new reward levels, in case you missed them:

$60 – A Sword and Laser stein. 

Suitable for filling with mead or romulan ale! (plus the DIRK & HEAT RAY and KNIFE & MASER level rewards).

$60 – Sword and Laser Kindle case or sleeve. 

Put your Kindle in a case that shows off your a member of the world’s greatest SciFi and Fantasy book club! (plus the DIRK & HEAT RAY and KNIFE & MASER level rewards)

$75 – USB Drive with all the audio and video episodes of Sword and Laser! 

(plus the DIRK & HEAT RAY and KNIFE & MASER level rewards).

So if you haven’t pitched in yet, or want to raise your reward level, now is the time!! Thank you!

S&L Podcast – #151 – Myke Cole Will Kick Your Ass For Free

We have the distinct pleasure of chatting with author Myke Cole about his Shadow Ops series, playing D&D with SFF authors and how he took on the challenge of writing from the POV of a 12-year-old-girl. Plus he offers free ass-kickings if you need writing motivation right now. It is NaNoWriMo, after all. 

Staffers Book Review (The link to Justin’s blog we promised!)

Podcast download link!

Downloadable versions of video.

S&L Podcast – #150 – Who’s the best?

Who’s the best? YOU are the best for making season 2 of Sword and Laser video possible. You also get to decide who’s the best by voting in the GoodReads best fiction polls for Science Fiction and Fantasy. And G. Willow Wilson is the best, because she won an award. Find out who else won awards and why we think Ancillary Justice might snag one too!

QUICK BURNS    
    
Goodreads Best of 2013 semifinals voting begins for all categories including Science Fiction and Fantasy books.   
Explore the original manuscripts from ‘Frankenstein’ in your browser    
This Group Wants to Build a Museum of Science Fiction in Washington DC    
WINNERS: 2013 British Fantasy Awards 
WINNERS: 2013 World Fantasy Award    
Massive anthology of Twenty First Century science fiction hits shelves    
The Campbell/Hugo Conversion Rate    
    
CALENDAR
    
BOOK CHECK-IN    
    
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Sucked in by the beginning! (no spoilers)    
The world vs First impressions    
        
BARE YOUR SWORD    
    
Songs that remind you of books    
    
TV, MOVIES AND VIDEO GAMES    
    
Orson Scott Card won’t see profits from the Ender’s Game movie    
    
Vote here!
    
ADDENDUMS

This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com the internet’s leading provider of audiobooks with more than 150,000 downloadable titles across all types of literature and featuring audio versions of many New York Times Best Sellers. For listeners of this podcast, Audible is offering a free audiobook, to give you a chance to try out their service. For a free audiobook of your choice go to audiblepodcast.com/sword.  

This episode is brought to you by Squarespace, the all-in-one platform that makes it fast and easy to create your own professional website or online portfolio. For a free trial and 10% off, go to squarespace.com and use offer code SWORD11.    

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S&L Podcast – #149 – Interview with Nicholas Kaufmann

This week we introduce you to Nicholas Kaufman, author of the new book Dying Is My Business  among many others! We cover questions about writing in an urban-fantasy world, whether self-publishing is worth it, and mispronouncing names (we’ll give you one guess who started that topic…).

Nicholas Kaufmann’s website 
http://www.nicholaskaufmann.com/

Nicholas Kaufman’s Live Journal
http://nick-kaufmann.livejournal.com/

[GUEST POST] Nicholas Kaufmann on Why Some Boxes Should Never Be Opened
http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2013/10/guest-post-nicholas-kaufmann-on-why-some-boxes-should-never-be-opened/

Download the video here

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S&L Podcast – #148 – Kick-off Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

We’re back and our Kickstarter is funded!  Hooray! That means Sword and Laser video episodes will return. And if we make our stretch goal you might get even more! We’re also here to wrap-up Boneshaker by Cherie Priest and Kick-off our November book from NaNoWriMo victor and first-time novelist Ann Leckie, Ancillary Justice.

Direct download here!

WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?

Tom: NyQuil
Veronica: Some kind of white wine

QUICK BURNS

Hey we launched a Kickstarter
Two new MISTBORN novels signed
Amazon Kindle Matchbook is live
Escape Pod, Podcastle and Pseudopod podcasts need your help
Neil Gaiman explains the worth and value of libraries

CALENDAR

BOOK KICK-OFF

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Inside ‘Ancillary Justice’: Q&A with Sci-Fi Author Ann Leckie
A Skillfully Composed Space Opera In ‘Ancillary Justice’
“Nothing quite clarifies your thoughts like thinking you’re about to die.” Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice

BOOK WRAP-UP

Boneshaker (Clockwork Century) by Cherie Priest

Themes: Steampunk & Apathy

What did you think of the ending?

BARE YOUR SWORD

NaNoWriMo 2013 Folder
Divide and Conquer: A NaNoWriMo Alternative

EMAIL

I love the podcast but I have one tiny correction to what Tom said about ebooks and libraries. At least at the library district where I work, we can only lend out one copy of an ebook to one patron at a time. In other words, the ebook works just like a physical book. We have to buy multiple licenses in order for more than one person to check out a particular title. Also, some publishes put a limit on the number of checkouts a title can have. After that limit is hit, we have to buy another copy of the ebook.

Keep up the great work!

Chris

ADDENDUMS

Get Tom’s new book ‘Lot Beta’ at tommerrittbooks.com

Sign-up for Veronica’s vampire-unfriendly gift box at quarterly.co.

This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com the internet’s leading provider of audiobooks with more than 150,000 downloadable titles across all types of literature and featuring audio versions of many New York Times Best Sellers. For listeners of this podcast, Audible is offering a free audiobook, to give you a chance to try out their service. For a free audiobook of your choice go to audiblepodcast.com/sword.

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All right folks.  Many of you asked for it so here it is. A kickstarter to raise money for a new season of Sword and Laser videos. 

They’ll be authors guides. They’ll be in the Space Castle with Lem. They’ll be freely available on multiple platforms including the video podcast. 

But they need you to back them to make them happen.

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