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S&L Podcast - #204 - Annihilation is Not the End

February 4th, 2015

Episode 135 of 216 episodes

Veronica REALLY wanted to make the title of this episode "Tom Merritt is a sexist pig." But Tom doesn't need that kind of grief. And besides he has promised to read even more female SciFi/Fantasy authors going forward. But if you want to hear Veronica giggle at the notion--as well as defend our bookpick, Annihilationby Jeff VanderMeer, and wax eloquent about the need for varied perspectives in literature--then fire up this episode!Download link here!WHAT ARE WE DRINKING? Tom: Boddington's Pub Ale Veronica: Some kind of white wine QUICK BURNS Nominate Your Favorite Works And People For The 2015 Hugo Awards Nokomis.FL noted "George RR Martin’s The Winds of Winter: no plans for publication in 2015 " Trike wasn't sure this was really news and Robert wrote: "given that 'Winds of Winter' won't be published in 2015, it's almost certain that the TV show will finish before the books are published. " Michele and Dara:"J. Michael Straczynski Will Adapt Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars for Spike TV"" Dara: More books into tv series! Endemol studios has acquired the rights to Lauren Beuke's Broken Monsters "Ben: After their popular special issues and Kickstarter campaign last year Women destroy Science Fiction (and fantasy and horror too) - Lightspeed are doing a similar thing with Queers Destroy.... Which can be backed on Kickstarter at the moment. Robyn: I'm late to the game (and apologies if this has been mentioned before), but I just realised that The Guardian is doing a monthly round-up of SFF - January's is here. Fun way to find out about new books. Also take a look at John DeNardo's SF Signal's 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy and Horror Books to Look Forward to in 2015 (Part 2) BARE YOUR SWORD Louie: Who are your top 5 most read authors? Tom: 1-Philip K. Dick 302-William Shakespeare 183-Stephen King 144-Evelyn Waugh 114-Douglas Adams 114-Neal Stephenson 117-Hunter S. Thompson 108-Frank Herbert 98-Douglas Coupland 9 Veronica:1-Charlaine Harris 142- Laurie R. King 132-Robin Hobb 134-Tad Williams 124-Jim Butcher 126-Orson Scott Card 97-Jacqueline Carey 77-Gail Carriger 77-Kevin Hearne 77-J.K. Rowling 7" A Rant about a Particular Aspect of eBooks BOOK OF THE MONTH DISCUSSION Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer Jeff VanderMeer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Annihilation review – 'You'll find yourself afraid to turn the page' | Books | The Guardian Finally, a novel about weird science that's genuinely weird ADDENDUMS Support our show on Patreon You can also support the show by buying books through our links! Find links to the books we talk about and some of our favorites at swordandlaser.com/picks Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy) By Jeff VanderMeer

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