S&L Podcast – #90 – Fake Being an Expert

Do you want to know how to fake being an expert on something geeky? We examine some tips from io9 on folling the geeks, plus Tom explains how he’s legally reading a book that won’t be sold in the US until the summer. And Veronica has some kind words for John Scalzi.  One of those words is boobies.

Veronica: 2007 Alois Lageder Pinot Noir Alto Adige

Tom: Courvoisier VSOP Cognac


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Buy some John Scalzi books, support breast cancer screenings!

The strangest thing found left in a book? 

Eastercon 2012  


New GAME OF THRONES trailer 

Hunger Games Trailer 2 is out – Super Bowl Trailer 

Sugar Inc. Launches DistrictSugar, their portal for all things Hunger Games


Tom finished Rule 34 – liked it much better the last 2/3 Veronica is about 65% of the way through, is enjoying it much more now as well. Officially wrap-up coming next week.

Tom obtained UK version of Blue Remembered Earth by Alistair Reynolds through Amazon.

Veronica is also reading Silent in the Grave, by Deanna Raybourn, for Vaginal Fantasy


I have always loved to read, but ten years ago I lost my sight andhave since become a voracious audiobook listener. I use the term“read” when discussing books all the time which has on occasion causedsome to try to correct me by telling me that I did not read the book Ilistened to it. For which I always reply… The eyes are a medium inwhich the brain reads they’re merely a way to input externalinformation not the body part that reads it and yes I understand thatdifferent parts of the brain are used to identify such externalinformation, but in the end it is the brain that reads no matter theway in which one obtains the information. So when a blind person oraudiobook listener says that they’ve read a book it doesn’t matterwhether they used their eyes, ears or fingers because no matter theway they did it it is still their brain that read it.

Love the podcast and keep up the good work!


Dear Veronica and Tom,

I was catching up on my Sword and Laser listening last night and two of the conversations in the last podcast inspired me to write in with a book suggestion. Another Email mentioned On Basilisk Station, first book in the Honor Harrington series by David Weber. We’re big Weber fans in my household, and most recently my husband and I have been working through Weber’s Safehold Series, which begins with Off Armageddon Reef. In this series Weber has combined his typical Military Sci-fi setting with a Historical setting. There are swords, and yes, there are lasers, though there is no magic (but there are dragons, kinda) so your mileage may vary.

Unfortunately Off Armageddon Reef is not available as part of the Baen Free Library, but it is available on Audible. I’ve read it and listened to it, and enjoyed it greatly both ways. I know it’s not the only book out there to tackle a fantasy styled setting from a sci-fi point of view, but I think it’d be a great way to introduce some David Weber to Sword and Laser.

Thanks as always for the great podcast, I’m excited to see what book you all pick next!

Cheers, Jenn


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