The Sword and Laser (Audio)

Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont

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S&L Podcast - #154 - A Natural History of Dragons

December 11th, 2013

Episode 18 of 243 episodes

It’s a very dragon-filled episode, as we kick off our December pick, A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent, actually by Marie Brennan. Also Temeraire. And Paul and Storm steal our idea but we decide we like them anyway.WHAT ARE WE DRINKING? Tom: Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, bitters and a brandied cherry Veronica: Hot Toddy with Bulleit Rye QUICK BURNS Samuel R. Delany Named 2013 Damon Knight Grand Master Recipient George R.R. Martin shows what happens when dragons go to war Paul and Storm do an anthology with everyone you love Young adult readers 'prefer printed to ebooks' Website Launch: THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH Edited John Joseph Adams and Hugh HoweyCALENDAR TV, MOVIES AND VIDEO GAMES SHANNARA to become a TV series at...MTV? The climate of Middle Earth First scientific paper to be released in Elvish, Dwarvish and English Original Ballantine book cover concept art for J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings on eBay Book Kick-Off A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent (but actually by Marie Brennan) Alt pick: His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik BARE YOUR SWORD Tom and Veronica,I've been listening to the podcast for a few months now and amreally enjoying it. I've backfilled a good number of the pastepisodes and watched most of the video shows. I listen to afair number of podcasts, but S&L always skips to the front ofthe queue.I really like that it is both relaxed and professional at thesame time. The quick burns are excellent. The show lengthsare about right. I wouldn't mind if the frequency of episodeswas a little higher.Also, thanks for keeping the language clean. The amount ofswearing in many podcasts makes me uncomfortable with sharingthem with my daughters. This is especially lossy when the contentwould be interesting to them. I am aware that the school yard isfull of colorful speech, but I am trying to promote a more variedvocabulary.I haven't been able to follow along with any of the book club reads.The queue is already too long (and getting longer (curses S&L!)), butI still enjoy listening to you talk about the books.Originally I hated the theme music, but it is growing on me a little.Thanks (or curses) for the heads-up on the information about thenon-attending member benefits of WorldCon (more things to read).I don't understand you S&L was not in the running for a Hugo thisyear. Is it not eligible for some reason?Thanks for a wonderful podcast!--paul Voicemail from Chris from Maine. Thanks! ADDENDUMS We are proud members of the Boing Boing Podcast Network Borderlands Meetup Jan. 20This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com the internet’s leading provider of audiobooks with more than 150,000 downloadable titles across all types of literature and featuring audio versions of many New York Times Best Sellers.For listeners of this podcast, Audible is offering a free audiobook, to give you a chance to try out their service.For a free audiobook of your choice go to audiblepodcast.com/sword.This episode is brought to you by Squarespace, the all-in-one platform that makes it fast and easy to create your own professional website or online portfolio. For a free trial and 10% off, go to squarespace.com and use offer code SWORD12.Download podcast directly here!

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