The Sword and Laser (Audio)

Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont

Arts, Literature

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S&L Podcast - #167 - Spitcoin

March 20th, 2014

Episode 56 of 243 episodes

We evaluate George R. R. Martin's plans to stay ahead of the HBO show, look forward to spaceships returning to SyFy, congratulate Arthur C. Clarke Award finalists and ponder the disgusting need for spit as a payment method in Richard K. Morgan's "Altered Carbon."Direct download link here!QUICK BURNSFINALISTS: 2014 Arthur C. Clarke AwardPeople Who Use E-Readers Dive Far Deeper Into BooksIncredible Game of Thrones pop-up book folds out to 3D Westeros mapJ.K. Rowling has released History of the Quidditch World Cup onlineTV, MOVIES AND VIDEO GAMESGeorge R.R. Martin knows how to stop 'Game of Thrones' from catching up to his booksFrederik Pohl's dread-coated ateway to get a TV series adaptationSyfy promises a return to space opera at last, with AscensionCosmos with Neil DeGrasse Tyson - who watched it?BOOK CHECK-INAltered Carbon by Richard K. MorganFirst impressionsPayment MethodsPunishmentOur April book pick will be selected by Bryan Benson who backed our Kickstarter. Thanks Bryan. The book is "A Dance of Cloaks" by David Dalglish. -- Thren Felhorn is the greatest assassin of his time. Aaron Felhorn has been groomed since birth to be Thren’s heir. Sent to kill the daughter of a priest, Aaron instead risks his own life to protect her from the wrath of his guild. Assassin or protector; every choice has its consequences.Bryan also is an author so we're going to make HIS book our official alternate pick. So check out Brand by Bryan Alexander Benson as well! It's a fast-paced, Fantasy action novel with steam-punk tendencies. It is the first book in the Order of Luminan series. We'll have Bryan on for our wrap-up episode at the end of April.BARE YOUR SWORDWhat good would come aliens arriving from another planet?Recommend a book you think most people haven't heard of

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