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LISTEN: Marconi Catches a Murderer

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In 1910 Scotland Yard exploited a new invention, the wireless telegraph, to capture the main suspect in a gruesome murder.

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From Authors to Hollywood Moguls!

221_square Ellen DeGeneres is apparently interested in adapting Naomi Novik's Uprooted as a film. But, we all know there's a long road from "interest" to "released." Just ask Neil Gaiman. The good news is Gaiman's American Gods is finally green-lit for TV! So there's hope. Unless you're a god from the Continent! More about that as we wrap up The City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett.

The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club podcast hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. The main goal of the club is to build a strong online community of science fiction / fantasy buffs, and to discuss and enjoy books of both genres. For show notes and previous episodes, head here. You can also help support us on Patreon!

Why the Healer deserves to be a Hero

We talk with author Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger, about why healers are never the hero in genre fiction and how she decided to change that. We also press her for baked brie recipes and discover how the Foo Fighters helped shape Octavia Leander.

The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club podcast hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. The main goal of the club is to build a strong online community of science fiction / fantasy buffs, and to discuss and enjoy books of both genres. For show notes and previous episodes, head here. You can also help support us on Patreon!

LISTEN: The Strange Custom of Garden Hermits

We explore an odd custom: how, in the 1700s, English landowners would pay people to live in primitive isolation on their estates.

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In the 1700s, English landowners would pay people to live in primitive isolation on their estates.

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We Make People Win Nebula Awards -- Maybe.

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First off we now have a 100% record picking Nebula-award winning books for the club. That’s 100% of the last two years. So take note Nebula-wanters! Also we’re very excited about a new series from University of Illinois Press called the Masters of Science Fiction. You can find out William Gibson’s secrets!

The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club podcast hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. The main goal of the club is to build a strong online community of science fiction / fantasy buffs, and to discuss and enjoy books of both genres. For show notes and previous episodes, head here. You can also help support us on Patreon!

How Google uses behavioral science to make work suck less

From Dilbert to Fight Club to Joe Versus the Volcano, the world of white-collar drones and managerial ineptitude has long been a goldmine for parody.Read the rest

Why there's no such thing as writer's block

orullianPeter Orullian wears many hats. He is an author, musician, and has worked for many years at Microsoft on the XBox team. Today we talk about his series The Vault of Heaven, get the scoop on his all-time favorite music, and hear why Peter believes there is no such thing as writer's block.

The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club podcast hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. The main goal of the club is to build a strong online community of science fiction / fantasy buffs, and to discuss and enjoy books of both genres. For show notes and previous episodes, head here. You can also help support us on Patreon!

Apps for Kids 059: Doubt, by Yoshiki Tonogai

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In this episode, Jane reviews Doubt, a manga for teens.

Rabbit Doubt - a mobile phone game - has taken Japan by storm. In it, players are rabbits who must uncover the wolf in rabbit's clothing before falling prey to its mistrust-sowing wiles...as well as its teeth. When a group of teen players decides to meet offline for fun, the last thing they expect is to lose consciousness and wake up trapped in an abandoned building, mysterious bar codes tattooed on their bodies, and a corpse strung up in front of them. To stay alive and find a way out, they have but one option-to sniff out the lying wolf in their midst. Will these virtual acquaintances be able to pull it together in the real world and figure out what's going on in time to avoid ending up as the wolf's dinner?

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LISTEN: The Day They Hanged an Elephant

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In 1916 an American circus elephant named Mary was hanged from a railroad crane before a crowd of 3,000 onlookers.

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LISTEN: The Wizard of Mauritius: The Man Who Could See Beyond the Horizon

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In 1764 a French engineer on a tiny African island claimed that he could see ships beyond the horizon.

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Apply John Scalzi Directly to Forehead

Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt congratulate John Scalzi on his epic book dealRead the rest

Why genres don't matter on the Internet

Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt talk to Rachel Aaron about why she doesn't worry about genre anymore—and how she had to fight the siren song of Warcraft to become a professional writer.Read the rest

Genetically-engineered yeast is the future of flavor

Why does grape candy taste so fake? What on earth is blue raspberry, anyway? And what is the difference between natural and artificial, at least when it comes to flavor? Read the rest

LISTEN: English as She Is Spoke: The World's Worst Phrasebook

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Pedro Carolino's Portuguese-English phrasebook includes such tortured English phrases as "The ears are too length" and "He has spit in my coat."

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Is The Magician’s TV Quentin Too Handsome?

Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt talk about the latest in science fiction and fantasy. Everything you’ve ever read seems to be coming to TV. Plus Veronica tries to uncover Tom’s secret political conspiracy, while Tom changes Veronica’s opinion of 1940s era swashbuckling.

The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club podcast hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. The main goal of the club is to build a strong online community of science fiction / fantasy buffs, and to discuss and enjoy books of both genres. For show notes and previous episodes, head here. You can also help support us on Patreon!

LISTEN: Jules Verne's lost novel, discovered 8 decades after his death

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How accurately did the father of science fiction predict the modern world?

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LISTEN: Lateral Thinking Puzzles

Here are six new lateral thinking puzzles to test your wits!Read the rest