A Live Recording at Capricon 41!

On January 31, 2021, in News, by Patrick Hester

Hey there! Patrick and Tracy wanted to let everyone know we’ll be doing a live recording of the podcast during Capricon 41 on Saturday, February 6th, 2021 at 1 PM Central. Capricon has gone virtual this year, and Patrick and Tracy will be on-hand via the Zooms to talk about the geek news of the […]

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The Functional Nerds at Capricon 35, February 2015

On January 31, 2015, in News, by Patrick Hester

Your friendly neighborhood podcasting duo will be making a rare live appearance at Capricon 35 in Wheeling, IL February 12th – the 15th 2015.  We’ll be on several panels and recording live in front of a studio audience! We would love to see as many of you as will fit in the room for the […]

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Tuesday Serial: Free Serialized Fiction

On January 17, 2013, in Cathy Russell, News, by Catherine Russell

Every Tuesday, readers can find free serialized fiction via the Tuesday Serial website. Authors post links to their new and ongoing series using the site’s collector, and the following day a report is generated which links to each story. Most installments range about 1,000 words, so readers can whet their appetites and decide which narratives […]

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Forget the Worm: Mysterious Mezcal

On March 16, 2012, in Andy Romine, News, The Booze Nerd, by Andy Romine

Today on the Booze Nerd, I want to talk about another spirit that, like Absinthe, has an aura of mystery and myth surrounding it: mezcal. The first I heard about this “Mexican moonshine” was whispered promises of potency and the mystical visions that eating the worm at the bottom of the bottle would bring. Even […]

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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 […]


A Cup of Good Cheer

On December 22, 2011, in Andy Romine, News, The Booze Nerd, by Andy Romine

Happy Holidays! ’Tis the season for frightful weather, and nothing warms the soul after a slog through the snow to buy those last minute gifts like a hot, spicy drink. For some, the perfect antidote is a cup of coffee, or tea, or even hot chocolate. But this is a Booze Nerd post, so you […]

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Holiday Survival Guide

On December 15, 2011, in News, by Sandra Wickham

We all know the holidays are filled with opportunities to merrily eat festive baked goods while drinking down buckets of holiday cheer. It’s no surprise the scale tends to go up a few pounds after the holiday season is over. Here are a few tips to help you avoid weight gain during one of the […]


A twisty maze of passages all alike: Mirror Maze by Michaele Jordan

On December 14, 2011, in Book Review, News, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

Jacob Aldridge, scion of a respectable, well off family in 1882 London, has had the shadow of tragedy hanging over him. His beloved fiancée, Rhoda Carothers, has suddenly died, and he seems more than usually affected by the tragedy.  A chance meeting with Livia Aram is shocking to both, for Livia very much resembles the […]

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Autumn in a Glass: The Widow’s Kiss

On December 1, 2011, in Andy Romine, News, The Booze Nerd, by Andy Romine

Hello again! This is your friendly Booze Nerd, back from a short hiatus. I hope you all have been drinking well. I know I have. So here we are in the late fall, rushing towards winter and (in the northern hemisphere at least) colder days and especially nights. As far as I’m concerned, those crisp […]

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Broadcasting To the People: How To Podcast 101

On November 17, 2011, in Carrie Cuinn, News, Tech Nerd, by CarrieCuinn

The term “podcast” is a combination of “pod” (Portable On Demand) and “broadcast”. A podcast is a pre-recorded bit of music, talk, or other sound, which is posted to a site on the Internet for others to download and listen to. Because it’s available online, it can be accessed anywhere that you can access the […]

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Guest Post: Working With A Small Press

On October 24, 2011, in Guest Post, News, by Patrick Hester

Interviewer Bryan Thomas Schmidt is the author of the space opera novel The Worker Prince, the collection The North Star Serial, and has several short stories forthcoming in anthologies and magazines. He’s also the host of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat every Wednesday at 9 pm EST on Twitter, where he interviews people like […]


Review: Tales of the Arabian Nights

On October 3, 2011, in News, by Scott Suehle

I remember when I was in school one of my favorite things was getting my new “Choose Your Own Adventure” book from the weekly reader. Now many years later I think I have found the boardgame equivalent. “ Tales of the Arabian Nights” is an amazingly rich story telling game that will lead you down […]

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The Geeky Pleasures Radio Show

On September 23, 2011, in News, by Patrick Hester

I’ve been invited to co-host The Geeky Pleasures Radio Show tonight at 8 PM Mountain / 10 PM Eastern. About the show:  Julia “Jules” Sherred is a mother, writer, author, radio personality, blogger, gamer, tech enthusiast, science nerd, sci-fi and fantasy freak, hard core Trekker, has an unnatural obsession with Optimus Prime and so much […]


Period Pieces: Marvel’s Summer 2011 Comic Book Movies: X-Men First Class, Thor, and Captain America.

On September 12, 2011, in Movies and Film, News, by Paul Weimer

Hello again.  A few months ago, I looked at three movies that were directly or indirectly inspired by Philip K. Dick.  With the summer season drawing toward a close, I thought I would look at three more movies, the Marvel comic book movies X-Men First Class, Thor, and most recently, Captain America. I discovered an […]

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An Odd Quirk

On August 16, 2011, in News, by Patrick Hester

Huh.  Weird. After posting the interview with Charles Day, I received a message from him that he couldn’t actually see the post.  I looked in Firefox and Safari, the two browsers I use the most, and everything looked fine.  Assuming this meant he was using Internet Explorer, I checked out the post there and was […]


Review: White Elephant

On July 27, 2011, in News, by Scott Suehle

I recently received a copy of White Elephant from Brian Kelley. Brian is trying to fund his game thru kickstarter and sent out a few demos to get feedback on and also to get the word out about this fun party card game. White Elephant is based on the annual tradition of holiday party gift […]

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Nerd News Roundup for July 18, 2011

On July 19, 2011, in News, by Scott Suehle

Nerd Worthy News Scifi & Fantasy Airlock Alpha: SciFriday: Getting Ready For Comic-Con … In Carlsbad? Airlock Alpha: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Scores 13 Emmy Nominations Airlock Alpha: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Author Enjoys The Hard Life Airlock Alpha: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Finds Its Brienne The Beauty Airlock Alpha: Barrowman: ‘Torchwood’ Is Psychological Fiction Airlock Alpha: John […]


Nerd News Roundup for June 28, 2011

On June 29, 2011, in News, by Scott Suehle

Nerd Worthy News Scifi & Fantasy Airlock Alpha: ‘Chuck’ Promises A Conclusive Ending Airlock Alpha: Second Time A Charm For ‘Daredevil’? Airlock Alpha: No One Is Safe On ‘Game Of Thrones’ … No One Airlock Alpha: J.J. Abrams: I’m Behind On ‘Star Trek 2’ Airlock Alpha: Netflix Grows Too Fast For Sony Airlock Alpha: Azita […]


Nerd News Roundup for June 12, 2011

On June 12, 2011, in News, by Scott Suehle

Nerd Worthy News Scifi & Fantasy Airlock Alpha: Bear McCreary Performs ‘Battlestar Music’ On Piano Airlock Alpha: Fall 2011: Well, It Could Have Been Worse Airlock Alpha: BBC Gives ‘Doctor Who’ A Seventh Season Airlock Alpha: ‘Game Of Thrones’: Episode 9 Preview Airlock Alpha: Jane Espenson Moves To ‘Once Upon A Time’ Bowing to the […]


Nerd News Roundup for May 5, 2011

On May 5, 2011, in News, by Scott Suehle

Don’t doubt your eyes, the do not betray you. It is indeed a nerd news update. Nerd Worthy News Grasping for the wind: Free ebooks: Poul Anderson & Frank Herbert Grasping for the wind: Free ebook: Zendegi by Greg Egan Grasping for the wind: Emerging Trends in YA A dribble of ink: An Aside | […]


Death and Taxes

On April 28, 2011, in Andy Romine, News, The Booze Nerd, by Andy Romine

They say there are only two certainties in this life: death and taxes. If you live in the United States, most of you have probably already completed your income taxes for this year. The forms are in the mail (or e-filed) and with any luck, you’re waiting on your refund. Or maybe you owe Uncle […]

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Fish, Chips and Celtic Mythology: Hounded, by Kevin Hearne

On April 27, 2011, in News, by Paul Weimer

  Yep, storm clouds are thrice cursed. First the Fae found out where I was hiding, then my dog killed a human, and now I’d earned the very personal enmity of a god who had been content for centuries to simply let his minions slap me around. –Atticus O’Sullivan, mentally reviewing just much trouble he’s […]


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