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S&L Podcast - #198 - The Most Hated Phrases in SciFi

December 10th, 2014

Episode 126 of 216 episodes

This week we're busy. We congratulate the winners of several year-end awards. Wekick off our December book pick, The Night Circus, a beautiful novel by Erin Morgenstern. And we dive into some of the most wretched and hated terms and phrases in the professions of authorship. Mary Sue is under siege!Download directly here!WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?Tom: Red Trolley AleVeronica: Red Branch Hard Apple & Honey CiderCasey: What are YOU drinking?QUICK BURNSTamahome: The Goodreads choice awards are inSky: Audible's best of 2014 released. Sanderson managed to win out over UF/Paranormal :)Dara: SyFy has cast the leads for The Magicians series. Jason Ralph will play Quentin Coldwater and Sosie Bacon (daughter of Kevin Bacon) will play Alice.Nick pointed out the successful test flight of the unmanned Orion space capsule.Nick: Christopher Nolan rumored to be offered Ready Player One to directFiona: The BBC adapted Good Omens as a 6 part audioplay. First part will air on Radio 4 on Monday 22nd December. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman have cameo appearances!Tamahome: What James Cameron says you'll do when you see the Avatar sequels. NSFW.http://boingboing.net/2014/11/26/james-cameron-on-avatar-sequel.htmlPICKSAndrew picked: The City and the City by China MievilleBARE YOUR SWORDLouie: Terms authors are tired of hearing: "Infodump," "Mary Sue," "Hard SF," "Dystopian."What are some terms that you are tired of hearing/reading?Marion: What Is The Strangest or Most Unique SF/Fantasy Novel That You Have Ever Read?BOOK OF THE MONTH DISCUSSIONKick off: The Night Circus by Erin MorgensternErin Morgenstern on The Night Circus - YouTubethe night circus | erin morgensternErin Morgenstern - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaADDENDUMSSupport our show on PatreonYou can also support the show by buying books through our links! Find upcoming and past new releases at swordandlaser.com/calendar