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4170 Well it took me two months of downtime at the day job but I have the site in place:

Now taking applications.
4170 The idea has expanded to a video podcast using Google+ Hangout actually.
I was further inspired by this video I like how hangout highlights whoever is talking. It can be held live with an audience and then I can capture the video to upload to youtube, and rip the audio for the podcast.

And I think all these technologies are just out there waiting to be assembled. First I have to finish setting up the blog in wordpress.

And I think I've got a name for it, "Pop Culture Pit Fight"
4170 @Sporadic I was going to host/moderate and keep the conversation moving with rotating guests on either side of the issue. I was going to go with just the two guests but I thing Gord is on to something with a panel of 4, just in case one of the guests ends up being a dud.

@Gord, I'll check out Fourcast, thanks! (oh look, there's Tom Merritt again. Surprise surprise)
4170 Something Veronica and Tom said on SF Signal inspired me, that it's hard for writers to be themselves, get exposure unless they have a book to plug.

So here's what I'm thinking; a podcast where two creative types, usually writers but not exclusively, have a debate on a pop culture issue that neither of them are directly involved with. Topics like "Better movie: Bladerunner or Alien" "Better Monster: Godzilla or Gamera" Those were pretty obvious (Bladerunner and Godzilla) but you get the drift.

How does that sound?
May 01, 2012 02:38PM

4170 I really liked the D&D novel Knight of the Black Rose.
A simple premise, Lord Soth from Dragonlance and Count Strahn Von Zarovich from Ravenloft beating the crap out of each other.
Apr 09, 2012 04:01PM

4170 Personally, I never read fiction close to what I'm writing. If I were to try I'd end up consciously writing away from what I was reading rather than writing forward with my own story.

So I'd recommend non-fiction. Morrison's Supergods, and maybe watch the Ken Burns documentary on the West.
4170 I'm no expert, but it seems that Baby Boomer geeks liked their scifi hard and their fantasy light on the destiny. But if I touch a genre book written in the last 30 years I have to be careful not to catch a destiny plot-hook. Maybe Baby Boomers felt they were destined to save the world so their fantasies were more personal. And Generation X grew up thinking that they didn't matter so we like our heroes to be messiah figures. If so, what does the Millennial Generation like in a hero? I know you guys were brought up on Harry Potter but now you're adults so what's your thing?
Dec 20, 2011 11:13AM

4170 I've been using the laminated badge from a convention I went to years ago. It's just the right size and stiffness.
And you know what else if just the right size and stiffness? Collar stays.
Dec 05, 2011 02:14PM

4170 Last weekend I played for about an hour on my PlayStation 3 and then spent three hours saving the game.

Since I want to be a good assassin I spent most of that hour picking flowers and catching butterflies.
Nov 29, 2011 02:14PM

4170 The two sides should just be for the physical book, a gimmick to stand out from the ebook.
Nov 29, 2011 11:16AM

4170 How about one of those books that has two fronts instead of a back? One side sword, flip and twist- laser.
Nov 18, 2011 03:01PM

4170 I have a short story that I've been shopping around. I could contribute that. It's a survival post-horror that would have to be sword 'cause it ain't laser.
Jul 13, 2011 08:45PM

4170 How about The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny? It's been finished since '91 and it's made of two smaller series so you can jump off halfway. Plus they're about 200 pages each so you can jam through it.
May 21, 2011 09:22PM

4170 I just finished A Book of Tongues, easily the best gay, sorcerer-cowboy book I've read so far this year.
May 21, 2011 09:19PM

4170 Hey there,

I'm Tone Milazzo and discovered Sword and Laser when a friend joined the group on goodreads.
I've really enjoyed the podcast, it lacks that geek-snobbery that taints many speculative fiction podcasts.

Although I hope that one day it was become Sword, Laser and Esoteric Pseudo-Magic and Psychic Powered Genre Fusion. I'm sure that url is still available.

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