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Official: The Sword & Laser Anthology

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message 2: by Gord (new)

Gord McLeod (mcleodg) | 347 comments I'm already sharpening my ... um ... keyboard. That doesn't work, but you know what I mean.


message 3: by Casey (new)

Casey Hampton (caseyhampton) | 652 comments Oh this will be fun!


message 4: by Robert (new)

Robert Collins | 75 comments What a cool idea!


message 5: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 5018 comments I assume Veronica will have a V. Fantasy story.


message 6: by Jane (new)

Jane Higginson | 160 comments excited.com!


message 7: by Alex (new)

Alex Ristea (alexristea) | 654 comments How fun would it be to have all the authors that get selected on a video show?


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

There going to be a central theme?


message 9: by Ruth (tilltab) (new)

Ruth (tilltab) (till-tab) | 1335 comments This sounds cool. Not sure yet if I'll contribute, but would love to read everyone's stories. :D


message 10: by Rob, Roberator (last edited Dec 06, 2012 03:38AM) (new)

Rob (robzak) | 3824 comments Mod
Alex wrote: "How fun would it be to have all the authors that get selected on a video show?"

I second Alex's idea! You could do a big google hangout or something.


message 11: by Anne (new)

Anne Schüßler (anneschuessler) | 668 comments Awesome. Now I need to think about a story.


message 12: by Jlawrence, S&L Forum Mod (new)

Jlawrence | 878 comments Mod
Must stop thinking about mess of NaNoWriMo novel and start thinking of a story to write! *mental gears grind, but happily*


message 13: by David(LA,CA) (new)

David(LA,CA) (DavidScharf) | 327 comments Gah. I was hoping to have more time to get some writing practice before this happened.


message 14: by Veronica, Supreme Sword (new)

Veronica Belmont (veronicabelmont) | 1291 comments Mod
David(LA,CA) wrote: "Gah. I was hoping to have more time to get some writing practice before this happened."

Well, hopefully it won't be the last time!


message 15: by Dan (new)

Dan Polley (polleydan) | 22 comments #mansquee


message 16: by John (new)

John Bullock (beagrie) | 120 comments Rob wrote: "Alex wrote: "How fun would it be to have all the authors that get selected on a video show?"

I second Alex's idea! You could do a big google hangout or something."


That's a potentially big hangout. If every selected story was up around the 7,000 mark, it could be ten or twelve people, but, more likely, we'd have around twenty people... or a relatively short anthology.

This could get competitive; if the people here who have shared story ideas in the past can write half as well as their idea-making is, there'll be a lot of good stories to choose from.

Happy writing to everyone!


message 17: by David(LA,CA) (new)

David(LA,CA) (DavidScharf) | 327 comments John wrote: "That's a potentially big hangout. If every selected story was up around the 7,000 mark, it could be ten or twelve people, but, more likely, we'd have around twenty people... or a relatively short anthology."

Perhaps it could be broken down by category. A video with the Sword authors, a different one with the Laser authors.

Although that means double the work.


message 18: by John (new)

John Bullock (beagrie) | 120 comments David(LA,CA) wrote: "Perhaps it could be broken down by category. A video with the Sword authors, a different one with the Laser authors."

That could work. Although, thinking about it, I'm not sure I'd want my mug on camera if my story gets selected...

...for all your sakes.


message 19: by Walter (last edited Dec 28, 2012 11:09PM) (new)

Walter (walterwoods) | 144 comments I'd better get to work.


message 20: by Gord (new)

Gord McLeod (mcleodg) | 347 comments Alex wrote: "How fun would it be to have all the authors that get selected on a video show?"

Oh. Hrm. Um. Er.
Awesome, nervous breakdown time. ;)


message 21: by Daran (new)

Daran | 599 comments I might have a work I'd like to submit. In any case, it will be interesting to see what kind of anthology this community will produced. A diverse and creative one certainly.


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 2078 comments What about poetry?


message 23: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan | 185 comments Hmmm. I better get to work then.


message 24: by Matthew (new)

Matthew (MatthewDL) | 267 comments This is a brilliant idea. I'm so excited to see what we come up with.


message 25: by [deleted user] (new)

Jenny wrote: "What about poetry?"

Or Limericks?

There once was a girl from Raxacoricofallapatorius...


message 26: by P. Aaron (new)

P. Aaron Potter (PAaronPotter) | 585 comments Oh I am Sooooo in.


message 27: by Darren (new)

Darren Humphries (Darrenhf) | 96 comments Damn! I just put all my short stories in my own collection (and I mean literally yesterday). Have to hope inspiration strikes anew.


message 28: by Tamahome (last edited Dec 08, 2012 05:35AM) (new)

Tamahome | 5018 comments Or art? Not that I can draw better than xkcd.


message 29: by Jim (new)

Jim (kskryptonian) | 202 comments I am just going to hyperventilate and flap my arms and worry about failure.


message 30: by John (new)

John Bullock (beagrie) | 120 comments Just out of curiosity, is anyone planning to share their stories with the community?

I'm not suggesting we should or shouldn't, just wondered if anyone planned to.


message 31: by Gord (new)

Gord McLeod (mcleodg) | 347 comments I habitually share all of my work, but wasn't planning to share the piece for the S&L anthology because they're specifically asking for unpublished. (I guess we need to clarify what's meant by published in this context.)

If sharing to the community here is okay, then I'd have no problem doing so.


message 32: by John (new)

John Bullock (beagrie) | 120 comments Good point, I never thought about the fact that posting on a public forum is technically "publishing" it.

That probably answers that question :D


message 33: by Jason (new)

Jason Bergman (loonyboi) | 166 comments Serious question!

Will only stories that explicitly fall into "Sword" and "Laser" be considered?

What about say, urban fantasy? (Think Dresden Files) Or something with Cthulhu?


message 34: by Rob, Roberator (last edited Dec 10, 2012 04:32AM) (new)

Rob (robzak) | 3824 comments Mod
Jason wrote: "What about say, urban fantasy?"

We just read The Dirty Streets of Heaven in November, which is Urban Fantasy.

And a bunch of us read and discussed the latest Dresden book Cold Days here. But it wasn't an official club pick.

I can only assume those types of stories would be considered.


message 35: by Jason (new)

Jason Bergman (loonyboi) | 166 comments Rob wrote: "I can only assume those types of stories would be considered. "

I would too, but there's no guarantee. I could easily see this being strictly Sword/Laser to keep it focused.


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Paul | 100 comments Jenny wrote: "What about poetry?"

There once was a Hobbit called Sam
Who was an ace with a knife and a pan.
His deserts were delicious
His pies were nutritious
But his spuds always turned into jam.


message 37: by Raphael (new)

Raphael | 14 comments I've got a good 'laser' submission if I can find it.


message 38: by Jeremie (new)

Jeremie | 24 comments Jason wrote: "What about say, urban fantasy?"

Urban fantasy is still fantasy.
2. Genres: science fiction, fantasy, and everything in between.
So I think even if your fantasy has no sword in it, it would be considered.


message 39: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan | 185 comments I've got more dark fantasy/horror. So hopefully the submission definition of genre isn't strict.


message 40: by Daniel (new)

Daniel McMillan (Nerdtek) | 19 comments Dan wrote: "#mansquee"

lol that's a new one!! love it!


message 41: by Shaline (new)

Shaline Lopez | 41 comments I am excited about this. I really want to make it happen, and I'm looking forward to reading everyone's submissions. I hope the ones that don't get picked can be posted here when all is said and done.


message 42: by Dan (new)

Dan Polley (polleydan) | 22 comments Daniel wrote: "Dan wrote: "#mansquee"

lol that's a new one!! love it!"


Thank you! Coined by a Twitter friend.


message 43: by Tamahome (last edited Dec 11, 2012 11:33PM) (new)

Tamahome | 5018 comments I think that's the sound Paul Cornell makes on Sfsqueecast.


message 44: by Michael (last edited Dec 12, 2012 07:39AM) (new)

Michael Underwood | 116 comments I don't see a need to gender squee. Its power belongs to all of us.

And in other news, I am totally going to make sure a story is available when the submission window comes along.


message 45: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 5018 comments Is this just going to be like a free ebook?


message 46: by John (new)

John Bullock (beagrie) | 120 comments Tamahome wrote: "Is this just going to be like a free ebook?"

We haven't really got any details, yet. This post seemed more aimed at getting us thinking about what we're going to write.

Given that Tom and Veronica are creatures of modern media, I wouldn't be surprised to see something like a free eBook edition that anyone can downloaded, and then, perhaps, a paid for digital version (maybe with some little extras), and print editions.

Thinking about it, that would probably be a good way to go; the free edition means we can all read it, and those who want to support the Sword & Laser community can just buy the book in one form or another for the heck of it.

Who knows, if the book makes a lot of actual profit, "What Are We Drinking" might make a suddenly upmarket turn :D


message 47: by J. Alberto (new)

J. Alberto (Dhiok) | 71 comments I'm guessing that the people who'd be most interested in buying the printed version, would be the ones that got their stories picked. I know I would.


message 48: by John (new)

John Bullock (beagrie) | 120 comments Jesús wrote: "I'm guessing that the people who'd be most interested in buying the printed version, would be the ones that got their stories picked. I know I would."

I'd hope the stories would be picked on their own quality. But, aside from that, your guess would mean we'd have to commit to buy the print edition before it's even written!


message 49: by David Sven (new)

David Sven (Gorro) | 1582 comments Hmm, would a Horror story inspired by Red Dead Redemption count?


message 50: by Bryek (new)

Bryek | 271 comments Awesome. I have an idea but I can never seem to keep my beginning below 7000 words... Anyone have any suggestions on some good anthologies (preferably fantasy) so I can get a better idea on how anthologies read/set up? I haven't read one in over 10 years...


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