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Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont

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S&L Podcast - #163 - Hugh Howey Hullabaloo

February 19th, 2014

Episode 38 of 243 episodes

Hugh Howey caused quite a stir with his findings about independent authors, but what does it mean for us readers? We also talk about the Wizard of Earthsea feminism implications and have an exciting election for the March book pick! There is a gavel involved.Direct download here!WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?Tom: New Belgium Fat Tire Amber AleVeronica: Vina Robles Red BlendMOTH AND SPARK GIVEAWAYVIDEO SHOW COMING THURSDAY OMG!!!!!QUICK BURNSHugh Howey's ReportSelf-published ebooks: the surprising data from AmazonMost Amazon bestselling authors aren't making minimum wageWH Auden told JRR Tolkien to cut the love story from Lord of the RingsDaemon And Influx Author Daniel Suarez On Why Innovation Has StalledCALENDARTV, MOVIES AND VIDEO GAMESRead Them Now, Watch Them Later: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Adaptation WatchMore on the Redshirts TV SeriesWhat was cut to make the "unfilmable" book Winter's Tale into a movieBOOK CHECK-INA Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeguinEarthsea and Harry PotterWomen in EarthseaAmong Others and EarthseaMarch PickBARE YOUR SWORDA forgotten classic?Looking for more firearms in "High" FantasyEMAILHi Tom & Veronica,Listening to Gregory A Wilson talk about his daughter's name made me think of my own family. I was named after Jessica Atreides (Dune), putting me in the odd position of being named for a sci-fi character AND having one of the most common girls names of my generation.I passed the nerd legacy onto my own children as well - my son's middle name is Zaphod (as in Beeblebrox) and my daughter is named Aeryn (after Aeryn Sun from Farscape). Hopefully she won't resent me for it the millionth time she has to spell it out loud for someone.Love the show,Jessica

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