Episode 524-With Rebecca Ross

On January 25, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Rebecca Ross, author of A River Enchanted. About A River Enchanted: Jack Tamerlaine hasn’t stepped foot on Cadence in ten long years, content to study music at the mainland university. But when young girls start disappearing from the isle, Jack is summoned home to help find them. Enchantments run […]

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Episode 523-With Lorraine Wilson

On January 18, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Lorraine Wilson, author of This Is Our Undoing and the forthcoming The Way The Light Bends. About This Is Our Undoing: In a near-future Europe fracturing under climate change and far-right politics, biologist Lina Stephenson works in the remote Rila Mountains, safely away from London State. When an old […]

 

Episode 522-With Nicole Glover

On January 11, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Nicole Glover, author of the Murder & Magic series – The Conductors and The Undertakers. About The Conductors and The Undertakers – Hetty Rhodes and her husband, Benjy, were Conductors on the Underground Railroad, ferrying dozens of slaves to freedom with daring, cunning, and magic that draws its power […]

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Episode 521-Just Us and 2021

On January 4, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy are talking about 2021 with the obligatory year-end recap episode! We’re taking a look back at our favorite episodes from 2021, how things went and what challenges we had. The ups and the downs. Links: Tracy Townsend on Twitter Patrick Hester on Twitter The Functional Nerds Patreon Page © 2022 […]

 

Episode 520-With Monica Byrne

On December 21, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Monica Byrne, author of THE ACTUAL STAR. About THE ACTUAL STAR: The Actual Star takes readers on a journey over two millennia and six continents —telling three powerful tales a thousand years apart, all of them converging in the same cave in the Belizean jungle. Braided together are the […]

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Episode 519-With Derek Kunsken

On December 14, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Derek Kunsken, author of The Quantum War (book 3 of the Quantum Evolution series). About The Quantum War: The war rages onward and the Union’s premier fighter pilots, the Homo Eridanus, start encountering deadly resistance from strange pilots on the Congregate side. Among wreckage, they find that new Congregate […]

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Episode 518-With C.J. Cooke

On December 7, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome CJ Cooke, author of The Lighthouse Witches. About The Lighthouse Witches: When single mother Liv is commissioned to paint a mural in a 100-year-old lighthouse on a remote Scottish island, it’s an opportunity to start over with her three daughters–Luna, Sapphire, and Clover. When two of her daughters go […]

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Episode 517-With Cat Rambo

On November 23, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Cat Rambo, author of YOU SEXY THING. About YOU SEXY THING: TwiceFar station is at the edge of the known universe, and that’s just how Niko Larson, former Admiral in the Grand Military of the Hive Mind, likes it. Retired and finally free of the continual war of conquest, […]

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Episode 516-With K.E. Flann

On November 16, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome K.E. Flann, author of How to Survive a Human Attack. About How to Survive a Human Attack: Did you know human attacks account for a staggering 100 percent of premature deaths for witches, swamp monsters, cyborgs, and other supernatural, mutant, and exceptionally large beings? The past millennia or so […]

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Episode 515-With Zin E. Rocklyn

On November 9, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Zin E. Rocklyn, author of Flowers for the Sea. About Flowers for the Sea: We are a people who do not forget. Survivors from a flooded kingdom struggle alone on an ark. Resources are scant, and ravenous beasts circle. Their fangs are sharp. Among the refugees is Iraxi: ostracized, […]

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Episode 514-With Alix E. Harrow

On November 2, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Alix Harrow, author of A Spindle Splintered. About A Spindle Splintered: It’s Zinnia Gray’s twenty-first birthday, which is extra-special because it’s the last birthday she’ll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, just that […]

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Episode 513-With Becky Chambers

On October 26, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Becky Chambers, author of A PSALM FOR THE WILD-BUILT and it’s sequel – out next July – A PRAYER FOR THE CROWN-SHY. About A PSALM FOR THE WILD-BUILT (MONK & ROBOT #1): It’s been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since […]

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Episode 512-With Helene Wecker

On October 19, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Helene Wecker, author of The Hidden Palace. About The Hidden Palace: Chava is a golem, a woman made of clay, who can hear the thoughts and longings of those around her and feels compelled by her nature to help them. Ahmad is a jinni, a restless creature of fire, […]

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Episode 511-With Ryan O’Nan

On October 12, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Ryan O’Nan, author of WINDERS – available now for pre-order (Book Drops on October 26th, 2021). About WINDERS: Juniper Trask is a prodigy, raised under the Council’s strict Code, which allows Winders to exist in secret among average humans. After the shocking murder of her mentor, she is chosen […]

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Episode 510-With Peter F. Hamilton And Gareth Powell

On October 5, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Peter F. Hamilton and Gareth Powell, co-authors of Light Chaser. About Light Chaser: Amahle is a Light Chaser – one of a number of explorers, who travel the universe alone (except for their onboard AI), trading trinkets for life stories. But when she listens to the stories sent down […]

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Episode 509-With Clark T Carlson

On September 28, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Clark T. Carlton, author of THE GHOST ANTS OF GRYLLADESH. About THE GHOST ANTS OF GRYLLADESH: The Ghost Ants of Grylladesh continues the story of an empire in ruins, vicious and mysterious usurpers, and a young man who would lead his people from hopeless squalor to a stable utopia. […]

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Episode 508-With Jason Sanford

On September 21, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome back Jason Sanford, author of PLAGUE BIRDS. About PLAGUE BIRDS: Glowing red lines split their faces. Shock-red hair and clothes warn people to flee their approach. They are plague birds, the powerful merging of humans and artificial intelligences who serve as judges and executioners after the collapse of civilization. […]

 

Episode 507-With Neil Sharpson

On September 14, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Neil Sharpson, author of When The Sparrow Falls. About When The Sparrow Falls: Life in the Caspian Republic has taught Agent Nikolai South two rules. Trust No One. And work just hard enough not to make enemies. Here, in the last sanctuary for the dying embers of the human […]

 

Episode 506-With Justin Woolley

On September 7, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Justin Woolley, author of Shakedowners. About Shakedowners: Some starship captains explore strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new civilisations. Some lead missions of discovery through wormholes to the other side of the galaxy. Then there’s Captain Iridius B. Franklin, someone who spent too long seeking out strange […]

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Episode 505-With P Djéli Clark

On August 31, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome P Djéli Clark, author of A Master of Djinn. About A Master of Djinn: Cairo, 1912: Though Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, she’s certainly not a rookie, especially after preventing the destruction of the universe last summer. So […]

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Episode 504-With Lauren O’Connor

On August 24, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Lauren O’Connor, author of Robin and the Making of American Adolescence. About Robin and the Making of American Adolescence: Holy adolescence, Batman! Robin and the Making of American Adolescence offers the first character history and analysis of the most famous superhero sidekick, Robin. Debuting just a few months after […]

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Episode 503-With PJ Manney

On August 17, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome PJ Manney, author of (CON)science: A Novel (Phoenix Horizon Book 3). About (CON)science: A Novel (Phoenix Horizon Book 3): Five years ago, bioengineer Peter Bernhardt spearheaded an innovation in nanotechnology that changed the course of evolution. Until everything was taken from him—his research, the people he loved, and finally […]

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