S&L Podcast – #118 – Scientific seal of approval

We’re running a little late, but we’re here! We have lots of awards to discuss and one to even beg for a little. Plus we chat about what makes a sellout and what makes an addictive series!

FINALISTS: 2012 Philip K. Dick Award 
Yep, there’s now a ‘seal of approval’ for the scientific accuracy of novels
Christopher Tolkien speaks out for the first time, says Peter Jackson ‘eviscerated’ his father’s work
Gollancz to publish three ELITE novels 
A brave new world: science fiction predictions for 2013
WINNER: A.E. Van Vogt Award 
Hugo Award Nomination Period Is Now Open 
The Offer on Old Man’s War: A Ten-Year Retrospective 
Great Quotes about Writing from Game of Thrones Author George R.R. Martin 


10 Book series so addictive you won’t want to stop 
Space Ships and Nekkid Ladies 

Clever Film Trailer for “John Dies At The End” Aimed at Pirates 
77 Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies to Watch Out For in 2013 
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi 
Thought I’d check in and tell you guys that you are AWESOME. I dearly love the podcast and Youtube show at Geek and Sundry. I listen to the podcasts on the way to/from work when I’m not listening to my audiobooks and I always have a lot of fun with the books! Really enjoyed Nocturnal by Scott Sigler recently (which freaked me out on a level I’m not entirely comfortable discussing), and am currently having a blast with Old Man’s War. Keep up the great job and I can’t wait to see what’s next!


Hey Tom and Veronica,
I know this is a little late but I did want to thank you for all your amazing work on the Sword & Laser podcasts in 2012 & with the introduction of the video show as well 😀 Thank you for continuing to inspire me to get back to reading & making sure I always have a long list of books to read.  Hope that 2013 is going to be a wonderful year for you both as well as for Sword & Laser itself 😀
Steven Cain
P.S. Tom I know you mentioned you wouldn’t mind suggestions for things to do in LA yourself so I figured I’d include the suggestions I received for my trip to LA just in case they might be helpful for you.
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