Episode 446-With Drew Murray

On June 2, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Drew Murray – author of BROKEN GENIUS: A Will Parker Thriller – out today, June 2nd! About BROKEN GENIUS: A Will Parker Thriller: For Will Parker, it’s about personal redemption after a disastrous mistake In 2011, Will Parker, the young prodigy CEO of a big tech company makes a […]

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Episode 445-With Michael Mammay

On May 26, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Michael Mammay – retired army officer and author of PLANETSIDE AND SPACESIDE. About Michael Mammay: Michael Mammay is a science fiction writer. He is a retired army officer and a graduate of the United States Military Academy. He has a master’s degree in military history, and he currently teaches […]

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Episode 444-With Stephen Blackmore

On May 19, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Stephen Blackmore – author of GHOST MONEY, book five in a dark urban fantasy series that follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts. About Stephen Blackmore: Stephen Blackmoore is the Los Angeles based author of the noir / urban […]

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Episode 443-With Ben Riggs

On May 12, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome geek journalist extraordinaire. podcaster, D&D historian, Gadfly, nerd, writer, educator, friend to humanity, animal, and werewolf alike – Ben Riggs to talk about the history of D&D and the fall of TSR! Links: Ben Riggs on Twitter Ben Riggs on the Plotpoint Podcast Tracy Townsend on Twitter Patrick Hester […]

 

Just Us, Food and Fandom

On May 5, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

Having survived April, Patrick and Tracy are talking about food and fandom this week. Both enjoy cooking for themselves and others, and in this episode explore the links between food and the genre’s we love. Plus – they play the inaugural game of THUNDERDOME… Links: Tracy Townsend on Twitter Patrick Hester on Twitter The Functional […]

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Episode 441-With Steven Barnes

On April 28, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome New York Times bestselling author Steven Barnes! About Steven Barnes: STEVEN BARNES is a New York Times bestselling author, screenwriter and educator who has written more than thirty science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels. Octavia E. Butler called Barnes’s Endeavor-Award winning novel Lion’s Blood “imaginative, well researched, well written, […]

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Episode 440-Tracy’s First Episode

On April 21, 2020, in Uncategorized, by Patrick Hester

The Functional Nerds are back as Patrick Hester welcomes his new CoHost – Tracy Townsend! Tracy is the author of The Nine and The Fall (books 1 and 2 in the Thieves of Fate series), a monthly columnist for the feminist sf magazine Luna Station Quarterly, and an essayist for Uncanny Magazine. She’s the former […]

 

Episode 439-Just Patrick and John

On March 24, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In John Anealio’s last regular episode, he and Patrick reminisce about how they got started while commiserating about staying home during the Coronavirus pandemic, how it’s impacting everyone, about the future and more. Links: John Anealio on Twitter Patrick Hester on Twitter The Functional Nerds Patreon Page Patrick Hester on Instagram Patrick’s Book: Into the […]

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Just Us and Big Changes

On March 17, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

On this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John chat about some big life changes affecting the podcast, including some fantastic news from John, as well as the coronavirus, working from home, Journey and the attempted coup from the drummer and bass player, life, and… You just need to listen to this one, okay? Links: […]

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Episode 437-With Shannon Lawrence

On March 10, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and John welcome Shannon Lawrence, author of a SLEW of horror short stories (see what I did there?), published all over the place and links to which can be found on her website www.thewarriormuse.com. About Shannon Lawrence: A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes in her dungeon when […]

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Episode 436-With KB Wagers

On March 3, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and John welcome KB Wagers, author of the Indranan War trilogy, the Farian War trilogy and the new book – A Pale Light In The Black. About KB Wagers: K.B. Wagers is the author of the Indranan War trilogy as well as There Before the Chaos, the start of the Farian War […]

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Episode 435-Just Us and Star Trek

On February 25, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

On this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John chat Star Trek Picard, Discovery, birthdays, music, not having a plan (we’re looking at you, Disney), The New Universe, Brandon Sanderson and more… Links: John Anealio on Twitter Patrick Hester on Twitter The Functional Nerds Patreon Page Patrick Hester on Instagram Patrick’s Book: Into the Fire […]

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Episode 434-With Sarah Kozloff

On February 18, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and John welcome author, Sarah Kozloff, whose Nine Realms epic fantasy quartet is complete and will be released by TOR one a month starting today, February 18th, with A Queen in Hiding! About Sarah Kozloff: Sarah has spent her life immersed in literature, narrative, and film. After a degree in English at […]

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Episode 433-Just Us and Our Community

On February 11, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

On this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John chat about building community, writing music and lyrics, writing fiction, collaborating, patrons, time, Babylon 5, business, family, conventions, Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To be Cowboys, anthologies and more… Links: John Anealio on Twitter Patrick Hester on Twitter The Functional Nerds Patreon Page Patrick […]

 

Episode 432-With Stace Johnson

On February 4, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and John welcome long time listener, supporter, writer and musician, Stace Johnson! About Stace Johnson: By day, Stace Johnson is a mild-mannered IT guy for a Colorado 9-1-1 facility, but at night, he transforms into a mild-mannered writer, poet, and musician with an affinity for the Oxford comma. Stace has written more […]

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Episode 431-Just Us and a Lot of Music Talk

On January 28, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

On this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John chat about everything under the sun, including but not limited to, Rush, The Dragon Prince, Doctor Who, The Witcher, Journey, Dracula, The Eagles, Willie Nelson’s guitar (Trigger), Salt N’ Pepa, Whitesnake, The Expanse, Travelers, Lost In Space 2, Queen, The Beach Boys, The Dresden Files, and […]

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Episode 430-With Travis Heermann

On January 14, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and John welcome Travis Heermann, author of Legend of the Ronin and, under the name T. James Logan, Dawn of the Deadly Fang. About Travis Herrman: Freelance writer, novelist, award-winning screenwriter, editor, poker player, poet, biker, roustabout, Travis Heermann is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and the author of The […]

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Episode 429-Just Us and the New Year

On January 7, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

On this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John return from the holidays to ring in the New Year and the roaring ’20s chatting about: The Far Side, 1992, nostalgia, the ’90s, Family Guy, Disney+, Mad About You, The Transformers, The VW Bug, Panic at the Disco, The World According to Garp, The Beatles, The […]

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Episode 428-Just Us and the end of the year

On December 17, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

On this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John chat about music, including The Red Headed Stranger, the Nashville sound, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead. We also meander around several other topics, including: The Mandalorian, The Black Hole, Gina Carano, Haywire, Black Widow, Mulan, CBS randomly using the Star Trek […]

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Episode 427-With Tosca Lee

On December 10, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and John welcome NY Times Bestselling author, Tosca Lee, author of A Single Light, the sequel to her critically acclaimed dystopian thriller, The Line Between. About Tosca Lee: Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of 11 novels including The Progeny, Firstborn, Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, and The […]

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Episode 426-Just Us And American Mythology

On December 3, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

On this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John share more Patron picks while talking about Robert Johnson, documentaries, Netflix, The Dragon Prince Season 3 (holy epic season!), Supernatural, Doctor Who, Spotify, Ken Burns County Music, Disney+, Jedi: Fallen Order, The Witcher, Crisis on Infinite Earths (CW), Kickstarter, The Blues, American mythology and some new […]

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Episode 425-With Paul Levinson

On November 26, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and John welcome back Paul Levinson, author of 19 books and – as long time listeners remember from way back in episode 40 – is also a musician. His new LP is out – Welcome Up: Songs of Space and Time will be released in early 2020! About Paul Levinson: Paul Levinson, […]

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