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The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club, started by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. The main goal of the club is to build a strong online community of sci-fi / fantasy buffs, and to discuss and enjoy books of both genres.

To chose a book, several ideas are put up to a vote. The winner becomes the book of the month that is discussed on the forums at certain intervals (such as every three chapters).

The website also mentions the possibility of a S&L podcast and meetups.


The book club started after Veronica posted several messages on Pownce

Would anyone be interested in starting a sci-fi/fantasy book club? Vote for a book each month, read, and then discuss? I've been wanting to start one for a while, but I'd need help.[1]

OK, so we're going to do this book club. Got any good names for the club that you want to throw out there? I'll put the best ones up to a vote.[2]

The book club name is going to be called The Sword and Laser. I'll get the page set up, and then we'll decide on the first book! Yes, I was going to put the name to a vote, but Tom Merritt came up with this one, and I just love it.[3]

The first book for The Sword and Laser is announced! It makes sense if you've been following my pounces lately, but it was also Tom's idea! :)[4]


  1. The Golden Compass (discussion)
  2. Ender’s Game (discussion)
  3. American Gods (discussion)

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S&L Podcast - #440 - Mr. Darcy in Space - Tom Merritt - 2022/07/01 18:48

swordandlaser · #440 - Mr. Darcy in SpaceWe have Locus winners and Veronica read so many of them! Plus, what makes some books seem like a retread while others more of a remix? And our first thoughts o...

S&L Podcast - #439 - And the Rest is History - Tom Merritt - 2022/06/23 02:46

swordandlaser · #439 - And the Rest is HistorySo many awards! We learn about a novelization of an unpublished Alien 3 script by William Gibson. We take a brief trip back to episode 1. And we share the...

S&L Podcast - #438 - New Ruth Rising - Tom Merritt - 2022/06/02 03:10

swordandlaser · #438 - New Ruth Rising It's award season! We have Nebulas, we have Mythopoeics, we have Nommos. We also have some nice reviews of the show, and we wrap up our thoughts on Machinehood b...

S&L Podcast - #437 - Jenny Was a Friend of Mine - Tom Merritt - 2022/05/20 03:10

swordandlaser · #437 - Jenny Was a Friend of MineThe hope of science fiction spurred by a science museum, Dracula by email, why it's called a tetralogy and our non-spoilery thoughts on Machinehood, an...

S&L Podcast - #436 - It's About the Howdunnit - Tom Merritt - 2022/05/06 02:51

swordandlaser · #436 - It's About the HowdunnitIs a mystery ruined if you guess the perpetrator too early? We say maybe not! Plus good news from Peter V. Brett and more radical transparency from Veron...