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. 

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S&L Podcast – #130 – So many servers

Today we try to figure out what all those servers in Wool were doing and why Jo Walton is so awesome. Also how to pronounce numbers. It’s all in there folks.  Enjoy.  


Tom: Jumping Cow Amber Ale
Veronica: 2008 Malbec something or other.


WINNERS: 2012 Nebula Awards (Plus: Ray Bradbury Award and Andre Norton Award)
WINNERS: 2012 Aurealis Awards
WINNERS: Analog’s AnLab Awards and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards
WINNERS: 2013 Spectrum Fantastic Art Award
2013 Hugo Voter Packet Now Available!
Penguin Bets Big That The 5th Wave Will Be the Next Hunger Games
Cover blurb for THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES (possibly spoilery!)
Brandon Sanderson update on WORDS OF RADIANCE
Iain M. Banks explains he wasn’t writing science fiction for the money
Book Trailer: “Love Minus Eighty” by Will McIntosh


Read down to June 11


Game of Thrones will end with season 7, according to producer


Wrap-Up of WOOL by Hugh Howey
What are the servers doing?
Slightly spoilery thoughts on gender in the book
Lukas (Full Spoilers)
Kick-Off Among Others by Jo Walton
Wiki Article on Among Others
Wiki article on Jo Walton


S&L Anthology Writers Community Blog


There is an article in the Charlotte paper today about Howey. It has some interesting info on self publishing authors… just thought I would share. 

Loved the book by the way… I just started on Shift. 



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S&L Podcast – #129 – Interview with Kim Stanley Robinson

He’s a nice guy, seriously. Photo by joelmeadows1

Veronica and Goodreads moderator Josh Lawrence headed to the Nebula Awards to chat with some great authors. We’ll be posting these interviews in our off weeks from the regular episodes. This week it’s the legendary (and Nebula award-winning) Kim Stanley Robinson. His latest book 2312 won the Nebula award for Novel.  Enjoy!

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Congrats to the Nebula Award winners!

This past weekend, Josh Lawrence and I went down to San Jose for the Nebula Awards. While there, we interviewed several attendees, including Kim Stanley Robinson, Gene Wolfe, and Joe Haldeman. Those interviews will be coming up as podcasts soon, so stay tuned!

Best Novel winner Kim Stanley Robinson with Joe Haldeman.

In the meantime, let’s congratulate the winners of the 2012 Nebula Awards!, as posted on Tor.com! Winners in bold.


  • 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW; Gollancz ’13)
  • Ironskin, Tina Connolly (Tor)
  • The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc)
  • Glamour in Glass, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)


  • After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
  • On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
  • “The Stars Do Not Lie,” Jay Lake (Asimov’s 10-11/12)
  • “All the Flavors,” Ken Liu (GigaNotoSaurus 2/1/12)
  • “Katabasis,” Robert Reed (F&SF 11-12/12)
  • “Barry’s Tale,” Lawrence M. Schoen (Buffalito Buffet)


  • “Close Encounters,” Andy Duncan (The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories)
  • “The Pyre of New Day,” Catherine Asaro (The Mammoth Books of SF Wars)
  • “The Waves,” Ken Liu (Asimov’s 12/12)
  • The Finite Canvas,” Brit Mandelo (Tor.com 12/5/12)
  • Swift, Brutal Retaliation,” Meghan McCarron (Tor.com 1/4/12)
  • Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia,” Rachel Swirsky (Tor.com 8/22/12)
  • “Fade to White,” Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 8/12)

Short Story:

  • “Immersion,” Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 6/12)
  • “Robot,” Helena Bell (Clarkesworld 9/12)
  • “Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes,” Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld 4/12)
  • “Nanny’s Day,” Leah Cypess (Asimov’s 3/12)
  • “Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream,” Maria Dahvana Headley (Lightspeed 7/12)
  • “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species,” Ken Liu (Lightspeed 8/12)
  • “Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain,” Cat Rambo (Near + Far)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (director), Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Abilar (writers), (Journeyman/Cinereach/Court 13/Fox Searchlight)
  • The Avengers, Joss Whedon (director) and Joss Whedon and Zak Penn (writers), (Marvel/Disney)
  • The Cabin in the Woods, Drew Goddard (director), Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard (writers) (Mutant Enemy/Lionsgate)
  • The Hunger Games, Gary Ross (director), Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, and Billy Ray (writers), (Lionsgate)
  • John Carter, Andrew Stanton (director), Michael Chabon, Mark Andrews, and Andrew Stanton (writers), (Disney)
  • Looper, Rian Johnson (director), Rian Johnson (writer), (FilmDistrict/TriStar)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book

  • Fair Coin, E.C. Myers (Pyr)
  • Iron Hearted Violet, Kelly Barnhill (Little, Brown)
  • Black Heart, Holly Black (McElderry; Gollancz)
  • Above, Leah Bobet (Levine)
  • The Diviners, Libba Bray (Little, Brown; Atom)
  • Vessel, Sarah Beth Durst (S&S/McElderry)
  • Seraphina, Rachel Hartman (Random House; Doubleday UK)
  • Enchanted, Alethea Kontis (Harcourt)
  • Every Day, David Levithan (Knopf)
  • Summer of the Mariposas, Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Tu Books)
  • Railsea, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan)
  • Above World, Jenn Reese (Candlewick)

Solstice Awards were awarded to editor Ginjer Buchanan and astronomer and entertainer Carl Sagan, the latter of which was accepted by his son Nick Sagan.

The Kevin O’Donnell Jr. Service Award was awarded to Michael Payne.

The winners are announced at SFWA’s 48th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend, held Thursday through Sunday, May 16 to May 19, 2013 at the San Jose Hilton in San Jose, California. Borderland Books hosted the mass autograph session from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17th at the San Jose Hilton.

As announced earlier this year, Gene Wolfe was the recipient of the 2012 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award for his lifetime contributions to, and achievements in, the field. Founded in 1965 by the late Damon Knight, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America brings together the most successful and daring writers of speculative fiction throughout the world.