Sword and Laser

I have a confession to make. I am a big nerd. OK so now that I have that off of my chest I can reveal that I have just joined The Sword and Laser, the book club for sci-fi / fantasy nerds.

I recently decided that whilst I enjoy reading science fiction novels my exposure up to now has been fairly limited consisting primarily of Star Wars novels, the Dune series and some Arthur C. Clarke. To that end I have been annoying friends looking for recommendations (P.S. If you have any please leave them in the comments), raiding my local library after nearly 10 years of inactivity and even prowling second had bookshops for a bargain.

Unfortunately second hand books are not so cheap anymore and my library is less than well-stocked. Luckily whilst listening to episode 210 of The Week in Tech I heard of a new book club starting for sci-fi/fantasy enthusiasts called Sword and Laser.

The club has thus far read The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman and are now reading Enders Game by Orson Scott Card. There are several communities gathering around popular authors including Terry Pratchett and George RR Martin as well.

The community is built using Ning which I has never encountered before but has thus far been a pleasure to use. I don't think I can plug it any more than I have but if you an avid reader of sci-fi or fantasy then swing by and have a look.

The Sword and Laser
Posted by: Mike Minutillo
Last revised: 27 May, 2011 02:42 PM History


20 Oct, 2008 01:46 AM @ version 0

I love literary fiction, for mostly different reasons than I love science fiction. There are truths you can only tell by being playful with words, or by delving into intentional murkiness. The best literary fiction is both clever and heart-throttling, making you confront the "boredom, the horror and the glory" of life by forcing you to see more clearly, or more murkily, than you're accustomed to seeing. The best science fiction, by contrast, is about exploring brilliant ideas, thought experiments, possible futures or just escapist fun. And there's nothing wrong with that.

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