July Book Pick: Because you are so awesome

Wow. That was a more exciting election since Iran’s last week. We even got insinuations of voter fraud! We’ve made it!

So right down to the wire Larry Niven’s Ringworld just barely edged out John Scalzi’s Redshirts.

Neither is a perfect choice for everyone. We’ve done Mr. Scalzi’s books as a main pick recently and as an alternate book previously so he’s had lots of coverage. on the other hand there does not seem to be a legit ebook of Ringwolrd (there are print copies and audio copies) which is a deal killer for some.

So here’s what the electoral commission has decided. Ringworld got the most votes. It’s our pick for July. But for the first time since before we went to a strict monthly schedule, we will have an OFFICIAL alternate pick. The votes were just too damn close.

So get out there and read whichever one you like. I’ll be diving into both and I know Veronica already has read Redshirts.

And remember no book pick is ever going to please everyone in this club. It’s not meant to. It’s meant to expose you to books you might not pick up otherwise. And if you’re grumbling about not having an ebook, remember the people who often grumble that the book is not in the library and they don’t have ereaders. We’re all in this together.

Now go enjoy some reading!

*In absence of Veronica who is on vacation electroal commission consisted of Tom and his two dogs. 


S&L Podcast – #132 – Get out the vote!

It’s a record pronunciation day for Veronica but then Tom gets picky about the space-time continuum. Also, new sponsor! And July book vote!  Yay!


Tom: Bitburger
Veronica: Urban Legend


Iain Banks, 1954-2013
We’ve lost another one of the greats: R.I.P. Jack Vance, 1916-2013
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
Hugh Howey on why he favors self-publishing
Online demand boosts market for rarest books, expert says
Clarion Write-a-Thon: sponsoring writers to raise money for the Clarion science fiction and fantasy workshop
Famous Scifi And Fantasy Authors In Their Workspaces
Kristian Nairn (Hodor!) podcast


Game of Thrones’ team on series future: ‘There is a ticking clock’ 
THE SHINING GIRLS by Lauren Beukes To Be Adapted For Television
Trailer for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
Crytek’s Ryse: Son of Rome demoed for Xbox One, available as launch title


Among Others by Jo Walton
Aaron whiteboard video about ‘Among Others’
A 1982 Video Interview with Isaac Asimov, Harlan Ellison and Gene Wolfe Wherein They Discuss the Label “Science Fiction” 


Book Vote for Jul ends June 23


Hi, Veronica! Hi, Tom!

This article is not conclusive or very scientific but it makes us think about why we do lem some books and the guilt that comes with it:

Why Leaving a Book Half-Read Is So Hard (by Heidi Mitchell).

Maybe you can share the link with your listeners or use it as a starting point for a discussion on the topic. These are just suggestions, of course.

I hope everything is well with you guys and that you’ll have news about the return of the video show soon.



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S&L Podcast – #131 – Baycon Interview with Lois McMaster Bujold

Memorial Day weekend, the Sword and Laser crew journeyed to storied Santa Clara, California for BayCon deep in the shadow of the new football stadium. Lois McMaster Bujold was the guest of honor, Veronica was the Toastmaster and they graciously allowed Tom along for the ride. Ms. Bujold was a joy to talk with and the perfect Sword & Laser interviewee, having written on both sides of the ampersand. In this supersize episode you’ll hear the entire interview including some excellent questions from the audience. 

Download the direct link here!