Episode 189 – With James L. Sutter

On April 29, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

RedemptionEngineIn episode 189 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio talk with author James L. Sutter.

About James:

James Lafond Sutter is the Managing Editor for Paizo Publishing and a co-creator of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game campaign setting. He is the author of the novels Death’s Heretic and The Redemption Engine, the former of which was ranked #3 on Barnes & Noble’s list of the Best Fantasy Releases of 2011, as well as declared a finalist for both the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel and a 2013 Origins Award. He’s written numerous short stories for such publications as Escape Pod, PodCastle, Shattered Shields, Apex Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Geek Love (the most-backed fiction anthology in Kickstarter history at the time of its publication), and the #1 Amazon best-seller Machine of Death. His anthology Before They Were Giants pairs the first published short stories of science fiction and fantasy luminaries with new interviews and writing advice from the authors themselves. In addition, he’s published a wealth of award-winning gaming material for both Dungeons & Dragons and the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

When not writing or editing, James has performed extensively with various bands and other musical projects ranging from punk and progressive metalcore to folk and musical theater. James lives in Seattle with his wife, a gaggle of roommates, and a fully functional death ray.

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4 Responses to Episode 189 – With James L. Sutter

  1. Jim says:

    I have to say that this was one of the best shows you guys have ever done. Considering the hub bub around this years Hugos, it was refreshing to hear a calm and iformed discussion about judging a writer by their works and not their politics. I can not say this enough, but thank you! Patrick, John, and James I was honestly beginging to get worried that a writer’s politics could be more important than their actual works. All of your honestly have helped restore, I don’t know what exactly to call it but the closest thing would be, my hope and faith that sci-fi and fantasy are about just that science fiction and fanatsy, and that good writting can come from anywhere and anyone.

    I also wanted to point out that there was a really good episode of the “real” Ghostbusters cartoon back in te day that explored the dilema of good vs. evil. I can’t remember the title, but it was the episode, where Winston, gets caught inbetween the forces of good and evil and convinces them to decide their battle through a baseball game. I will save you the details, but the debate about whether to get involved or not by the other ghostbusters was a good discussion of good being evil. Again, thanks for the show and again giving me the hope that there are people who judge a stroy on how good it is and not by who wrote it.

  2. I love the map geekery talk!

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