Book Received: Armored

On May 31, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages Publisher: Baen; Original edition (March 27, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1451638175 Official Description: Armor up for a metal-pounding feast of action, adventure and amazing speculation by topnotch writers (including Nebula-award winner Jack McDevitt, Sean Williams, Dan Abnet, Simon Green, and Jack Campbell) on a future warrior that might very well […]

Book Received: So You Created a Wormhole

On May 30, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Berkley Trade; Original edition (April 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0425245586 Official Description: Welcome, intrepid temporal explorers, to the world’s first and only field manual/survival guide to time travel! DON’T LEAVE THIS TIME PERIOD WITHOUT IT! Humans from H. G. Wells to Albert Einstein to Bill & Ted have been fascinated […]

Guest Post: Tools For Worldbuilding by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

On May 30, 2012, in Guest Post, by Patrick Hester

Worldbuilding lies at the core of good fiction writing, particularly for those of us writing in genres like Science Fiction and Fantasy. We’re fortunate to live at an age where the Internet makes research much easier and faster. There are plenty of resources. Of course, verifying their reliability with more than on source (i.e. offline […]

Episode 105 – Liz Smith and Marian Call

On May 29, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 105 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Liz Smith and Marian Call. About Liz: Who is Dammit Liz? Dammit Liz, aka Liz Smith, is an independent freelance event consultant specializing in geek and pop culture events. I am passionate about what I do. If you have a project […]

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Book Received: Bleeding Out

On May 28, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages Publisher: Ace (May 29, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1937007634 Official Description: From the author of Infernal Affairs comes a story of murder. mayhem, and demon relations. Is this really the vacation Tess was looking for? Though she’s on leave from the Occult Special Investigations squad, Tess Corday is still grappling […]

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Book Received: Noctuary

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

Hardcover Publisher: Subterranean; Deluxe Hardcover Edition edition (June 30, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1596064706 Noctuary is the third volume of Thomas Ligotti’s horror stories to appear in a revised, definitive edition from Subterranean Press. The first two collections in this series, Songs of a Dead Dreamer (2010; 1986; expanded edition, 1989) and Grimscribe: His Lives […]

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Book Received: The Impossible Cube

On May 23, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Roc (May 1, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464508 In an age where fantastic inventions of steam and brass have elevated Britain and China into mighty empires, Alice Michaels faces a future of technological terrors… Once, Gavin Ennock sailed the skies on airships and enchanted listeners with his fiddle music. […]

Episode 104 – Scott Andrew

On May 22, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 104th episode of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Scott Andrew to the show to talk about recording. About Scott:  Scott Andrew lives in Seattle, writes songs and plays in bands. He thinks you’re pretty cool. Links: Scott Andrew (website) Scott on Twitter Scott in Explone Scott in Kirby […]

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Gimme that Old School Sword and Sorcery: The Hammer and the Blade by Paul S Kemp

On May 21, 2012, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

Egil and Nix are thieves.  Good thieves, as a matter of fact.  True, they have side interests and pasts. Nix knows something of magic.  Egil was trained as a priest of the Momentary God. Both of them have pasts and long careers as thieves, years of tomb robbing and other unsavory jobs. Now, the results […]

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Book Received: Pod

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

Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (April 24, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 193700743X Official Description: When the black spheres filled the sky, anyone caught beneath them would vanish in a flash of blue-white light. Huddled indoors, the survivors were unaware if what was happening in their neighborhoods was happening worldwide. Josh is […]

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Review: Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

On May 17, 2012, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

  In Blackbirds, Chuck Wendig tells the story of a modern day Cassandra. Miriam has had the visions for years. All it takes is the touch of another person’s skin on her own, and she sees their death. When she meets a trucker named Louis, she sees him call her name before he dies. Can […]

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Book Received: The Thirteenth Sacrifice

On May 16, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: Signet (April 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 045123636X Official Description: When young women start dying, Boston cop Samantha Ryan is the perfect person to investigate, for only she knows what the archais symbol carved into their flesh means. The last in a long line of ruthless witches, she grew […]

Episode 103 – Jeff Patterson and Paul Weimer

On May 15, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 103rd episode of the Parsec Nominated Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Jeff Patterson and Paul Weimer to the super-secret lair of the Functional Nerds to talk about: Marvel Comics. About Jeff: By some fortuitous circumstance Jeff Patterson was born on September 1, 1962, the day the White House announced […]

Intrigue in Elizabethan England: Anne Lyle’s Alchemist of Souls

On May 14, 2012, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

  It’s the early 17th century. Elizabethan England. The scene is London,  a diverse and eclectic metropolis.  Maliverny Catlyn is a skilled but down on his luck swordsman and gentleman who is trying to scrape together a living on the hard streets of London, manage his relationship with his lover Ned, and keep his tortured […]

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Rediscover (or discover for the first time) the works of Diana Wynne Jones — in audio

On May 10, 2012, in Guest Post, by Samuel Montgomery-Blinn

I listen to a lot of audiobooks (nine last month; 70 last year), but recently I was having one of those “I have 400 books on my to read list and still can’t pick what to read” bouts of choice paralysis. Then I stumbled across my copy of Howl’s Moving Castle, bought on sale a year or two ago, […]

Episode 102 – Stina Leicht and Chris Holm

On May 8, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 102nd episode of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Stina Leicht and Chris Holm. About Stina: Stina Leicht is a 2012 Campbell Award nomineee and author of two books: Of Blood and Honey, And Blue Skies from Pain published by Night Shade Books.  Stina Leicht‘s debut novel Of Blood […]

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Safeguarding Your Privacy Online, Even When You Need An Online Presence

On May 3, 2012, in Carrie Cuinn, Tech Nerd, by CarrieCuinn

Many of us not only do our socializing online, but we also work online as well. Whether we’re employed in the creative arts as artists, writers, or musicians, or we’re self-employed (plumbers, landscapers, babysitters) there’s a Internet site to promote our services. While web-savvy businesses have been working online for years, even more traditional companies […]

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Episode 101 – Jonah Knight

On May 1, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 101st episode of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome singer / songwriter Jonah Knight. About Jonah: Jonah Knight performs Paranormal Modern Folk: songs about ghosts, monsters, super heroes and steampunk with a roots folk base. Links: Jonah Knight Jonah’s Music Jonah on Twitter Patrick on Twitter John on Twitter […]

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