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

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 book pick, Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, and wax eloquent about the need for varied perspectives in literature– then fire up this episode!

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Tom: Boddington’s Pub Ale    
Veronica: Some kind of white wine    
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)    
Louie: Who are your top 5 most read authors?    

1-Philip K. Dick        30
2-William Shakespeare        18
3-Stephen King        14
4-Evelyn Waugh        11
4-Douglas Adams        11
4-Neal Stephenson        11
7-Hunter S. Thompson        10
8-Frank Herbert        9
8-Douglas Coupland        9
1-Charlaine Harris        14
2- Laurie R. King        13
2-Robin Hobb        13
4-Tad Williams        12
4-Jim Butcher        12
6-Orson Scott Card        9
7-Jacqueline Carey        7
7-Gail Carriger        7
7-Kevin Hearne        7
7-J.K. Rowling        7″    
A Rant about a Particular Aspect of eBooks    

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     

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Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy)

By Jeff VanderMeer