The Sword and Laser was part of the Geek & Sundry channel on YouTube, which was founded by Felicia Day, Kim Evey and Sheri Bryant. The first episode of The Sword and Laser went live on April 13th, 2012. Currently, the show is on hiatus, but thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign , will be back in 2014.

The video show is similar to the audio podcast in many ways: both include questions and comments from the audience, author interviews, and book discussions.

Full episodes are posted every other Friday, with bonus material posted on the alternating Thursdays.


Quick Burns

This section of the show deals with news from the world of science fiction and fantasy. This can cover film adaptations, interesting tidbits about authors in the space, e-book and publishing news, and more.


Interviews are conducted either in person (as with author Scott Sigler in Ep. 1) or via Skype video. The questions are written by Tom and Veronica, but they also frequently use questions asked by the viewers and listeners, pulled from dedicated threads on Goodreads or on Twitter.


The feedback section (also known as "Bare Your Sword" on the audio podcast) includes discussion topics posted on Goodreads and viewer comments over email, YouTube videos, or tweets. Viewers are also encouraged to post their own 30 second book reviews to YouTube, to be played on the show.

Episode List:Edit

4/13 "The Magicians" by Lev Grossman (Pt 1) & an Interview with Scott Sigler - Sword & Laser, Ep 1

4/19 Scott Sigler - Bonus interview

4/27 "The Magicians" (Wrap-up!) & Interview w/ Saladin Ahmed - Sword & Laser, Ep 2