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.
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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!
Ghost writes, "The Octavia Project, named for Octavia Butler, is a project 98% funded at Indigogo, with only a few days left. Helping them get over the top would be great, and the more they raise, the more girls they help. From their description:"
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Small productions are becoming better—and more professional—than ever. But the falling price of good equipment is only part of the magic.Read the rest
reviews The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
, where we see more clearly Jackson's vision to give The Hobbit
the look, feel and slow majesty of The Lord of the Rings
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Charlie Jane Anders and Michael Ann Dobbs offer an illustrious list
that includes H.G. Wells, George Orwell, Ray Bradbury and Ursula K. LeGuin. [i09]
was a fantastic childrens' adventure show that ran on British TV in the 1980s. A youngster, wearing a vision-blinding helmet, would be guided around a giant virtual reality castle by a team of his or her peers, which issued instructions from dungeon master Treguard's chambers. Though defined by its technical limitations, Knightmare built a cult following thanks to its pioneering blue-screen setup—hence the blindfolding—and merciless treatment of contestants. The Guardian's
Ben Child interviewed creator Tim Child and star Hugo Myatt and found that the production was itself something of a bad dream.
Embedded above is the show's intro and a short documentary about it. Then you may enjoy a a selection of deaths