The good folks at Sword and Laser (Veronica Belomont and Tom Merritt) interview LeVar Burton this week in the latest episode. LeVar talks about Star Trek: The Next Generation and Reading Rainbow. Also: he names his favorite science fiction author and book! Can you guess who it is?

This particular episode includes a nice shout-out for SF Signal’s Hugo win and also features a “quick burn” news item on our friend, John Anealio — with a nice plug for Functional Nerds, too. Thanks, Veronica and Tom!

Check out the episode after the jump! (It’s a very tiny jump, I promise you’ll be OK. And it’s totally worth it.)
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O’Reilly’s TOC Conference is the place where leading practitioners from the publishing and tech industries converge to explore ideas, share what they’re learned from their successes (and their failures), and navigate the profound changes affecting our industry. Each year, TOC provides a deft mix of the practical and the visionary to give attendees the tools and guidance they need to succeed—and the inspiration to lead change. In 2012, TOC goes “4-D” with a particularly sharp focus on Data, Design, Development, and Deployment. This “4-D” approach provides a wide range of practical, in-depth sessions that cover the innovations rocking every aspect of the art, craft, and business of publishing in the 21st century–from designing and implementing profitable business models to the advanced technical aspects of creating digital books, agile publishing, and fostering collaborative environments that help ideas (and careers) to thrive.

Here’s LeVar Burton’s Keynote…
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