Kickstart this: Conquest!

On February 29, 2012, in News, by Andrew Liptak

A good friend of mine here in Vermont, Blackwell Hird, has just launched his first kickstarter campaign to build and release a dedicated tablet game of interstellar war. He’s a recent graduate from the Vancouver Film School for Game design and after graduating, he’s been let down by the current offerings when it comes to […]

 

Review: The Snow Queen’s Shadow by Jim C. Hines

On February 29, 2012, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

The Snow Queen’s Shadow, by Jim C. Hines, turns the fairy tale protagonists of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White into kick-ass heroines. Each princess draws her strength from a classic element of her original tale. Talia – Sleeping Beauty – is a deadly warrior who uses her fairy blessed reflexes and strength to combat […]

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Epsiode 092 – Howard Andrew Jones and Paul S. Kemp

On February 28, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 92 of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome authors Howard Andrew Jones and Paul S. Kemp. About Howard Howard is the author of The Desert of Souls (Thomas Dunne Books 2011), a historical fantasy set in the 8th century Abbasid caliphate featuring the characters Dabir and Asim, who’ve been […]

Book Received: A Path to Coldness of Heart

On February 25, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Night Shade Books (January 10, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1597803294 Official Description: At long last, the conclusion to Glen Cook”s Dread Empire saga has arrived! King Bragi Ragnarson is a prisoner, shamed, nameless, and held captive by Lord Shih-kaa and the Empress Mist at the heart of the Dread Empire. Far […]

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ShadowBytes WebComic: Finding…whatshisname

On February 24, 2012, in The Shadow Bytes Webcomic, by Patrick Hester

ShadowBytes is a new webcomic from Patrick Hester and Clifton Hill.  New episodes appear every Tuesday and Thursdays on the Webcomic website.

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Book Received: Lightspeed: Year One

On February 24, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Paperback: 480 pages Publisher: Prime Books (November 22, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 1607013045 Official Description: Lightspeed (www.lightspeedmagazine.com) is the critically-acclaimed, online science fiction magazine edited by bestselling anthologist John Joseph Adams. Lightspeed publishes all types of science fiction, from near-future, sociological soft sf, to far-future, star-spanning hard sf, and anything and everything in between. Each […]

Book Review: Chicks Dig Time Lords

On February 22, 2012, in Book Review, Carrie Cuinn, by CarrieCuinn

DOCTOR WHO, the classic British scifi television series, recently celebrated 48 years since its first episode. I recently re-read Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who By The Women Who Love It and it got me thinking about what makes Doctor Who so special, and what makes MY Doctor Who experience into something […]

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Review: Col Buchanan’s FARLANDER

On February 22, 2012, in Book Review, Jaym Gates, by Jaym Gates

Airships! Secretive assassin-monks! Fanatic cults! The world at stake! Don’t let the airship on the dustjacket fool you, this isn’t your expected steampunk novel. Ash is pursuing an official vendetta. He is a member of the Roshun, a secretive order providing protection services through the use of living ‘seals’ that die with their owner. They […]

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Episode 091 – Natania Barron and Tom Merritt

On February 21, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 91 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Natania Barron and Tom Merritt. About Natania: Natania Barron is a writer with a penchant for the speculative; she is also an unrepentant geek. Her work has appeared in Weird Tales, EscapePod, The Gatehouse Gazette, Thaumatrope, Bull Spec, Crossed Genres, Steampunk […]

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Book Received: Faith

On February 20, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Paperback: 376 pages Publisher: Night Shade Books; First Edition edition (January 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1597803901 Official Description: Moby Dick meets Duel in John Love”s debut novel of Space Opera and Military Science Fiction! Faith is the name humanity has given to the unknown, seemingly invincible alien ship that has begun to harass the […]

Book Received: The Serpent Sea

On February 18, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Night Shade Books (January 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1597803324 Official Description: Moon, once a solitary wanderer, has become consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. Together, they travel with their people on a pair of flying ships in hopes of finding a new home for their colony. […]

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ShadowBytes WebComic: Revenge 2

On February 17, 2012, in The Shadow Bytes Webcomic, by Patrick Hester

ShadowBytes is a new webcomic from Patrick Hester and Clifton Hill.  New episodes appear every Tuesday and Thursdays on the Webcomic website.

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Book Received: Between Their Worlds

On February 17, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 448 pages Publisher: Roc Hardcover; 1 edition (January 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464354 Official Description: Magiere and Leesil must rescue Wynn Hygeort from her captivity in the Guild of Sagecraft. But Wynn doesn’t want to give up access to the ancient scrolls that may help them locate the last of the magical Orbs […]

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Review: Lost Tribe of the Sith by John Jackson Miller

On February 15, 2012, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

      The Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith series by John Jackson Miller will be releasing its eighth and final free eBook, Secrets, in all eFormats on March 5, 2012. The entire collected series will be published in paperback July 31st. As with all the previous stories, it will also include an […]

 

Episode 090 – Gabrielle Gantz and Brian Thompson

On February 14, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 090 of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome back Gabrielle Gantz and welcome for the first time, Brian Thompson. About Gabrielle: Gabrielle Gantz is a Publicist with Viking and Penguin. She interviews author for The Nervous Breakdown, writes about arts & culture at The Contextual Life, and can be […]

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Book Received: The Order of the Scales: The Memory of Flames, Book III

On February 13, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: Roc Hardcover (February 7, 2012) ISBN-10: 0451464370 Available: February 7, 2012 Official Description: Having survived Jehal’s betrayal, former Queen Zafir is determined to take back control of the kingdom. To that end, she seizes Jehal’s wife and son as hostages. Desperate to save his queen and his heir, Jehal makes a […]

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Book Received: The Providence Rider

On February 11, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

The Providence Rider by Robert McCammon Available: May 2012 ISBN: 978-1-59606-466-9 Length: 416 pages Publisher: Subterranean Press From the Subterranean Press website: The Providence Rider is the fourth standalone installment in the extraordinary series of historical thrillers featuring Matthew Corbett, professional problem solver. The narrative begins in the winter of 1703, with Matthew still haunted […]

Book Received: The Daemon Prism

On February 10, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages Publisher: Roc Trade; 1 edition (January 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464346 Official Description: Dante the necromancer is the most reviled man in Sabria, indicted by for crimes against the living and the dead. He salves bitterness with a magical puzzle – a desperate soldier’s dream of an imprisoned sorceress […]

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Defeating The Dust Bunnies Of Doom

On February 9, 2012, in Carrie Cuinn, Tech Nerd, by CarrieCuinn

If you have a desktop computer, chances are you take care to keep liquids from spilling on it, or try to avoid using it to prop up heavy furniture. While those are important things to remember, many of us forget to protect our towers where it counts the most – on the inside. This post […]

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Rumballs on the eve of War: Michele Lang’s Lady Lazarus

On February 8, 2012, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

The scene is Budapest, Hungary  in the late 1930′s. Hitler’s saber rattling over in Germany  is becoming more and more bellicose, and there is the scent of war in the air. The quasi-fascistic pre war Hungary is not the most pleasant of places, especially for a Jew like Magda.  The fact that she is not […]

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Episode 089 – Chuck Wendig and Daniel Polansky

On February 7, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 89 of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Chuck Wendig and Daniel Polansky. About Chuck: Chuck Wendig is equal parts novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. He is the author of the novels DOUBLE DEAD, BLACKBIRDS, and MOCKINGBIRD. In addition, he’s got a metric boatload of writing-related e-books available, including […]

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Book Received: A Stark and Wormy Knight

On February 6, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

A Stark and Wormy Knight by Tad Williams Available: June, 2012 Publisher: Subterranean Press ISBN: 978-1-59606-461-4 From the Subterranean Press website: Tad Williams is an acknowledged master of the multi-volume epic. Through such popular series as Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn and Otherland, he has acquired a huge and devoted body of readers who eagerly await […]

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