Episode 175 – With Ann Leckie

On January 21, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 175 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice, to the show. About Ann: Ann Leckie has published short stories inSubterranean Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Realms of Fantasy. Her story “Hesperia and Glory” was reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007 […]

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Book Review: Raygun Chronicles – Space Opera for a New Age (anthology) edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

On January 20, 2014, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

The anthology, Raygun Chronicles, from Every Day Publishing showcases many of the genre stories that were featured in the “short lived zine” called Raygun Revival. In the words of editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt, “the kinds of stories that made us fall in love with science fiction and space opera.” With an engaging introduction from the […]

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Book Review: A Guile of Dragons by James Enge

On January 15, 2014, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

A Guile of Dragons starts at the very beginning of Morlock Ambrosius’s life, in King Arthur’s Court. A betrayal and capture winds up dragging the parents of Morlock, Merlin (*that* Merlin) and his pregnant mistress Nimue across the Sea of Worlds to the Wardlands, Merlin’s home plane. (A nice touch to Amber and Moorcock).  Our […]

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Episode 174 – with Freya Robertson

On January 14, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 174 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Freya Robertson, author of Heartwood and the forthcoming Sunstone. About Freya: Freya Robertson is a lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy, as well as a dedicated gamer. She has a deep and abiding fascination for the history and archaeology of the middle […]

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Episode 173 – Ian Tregillis

On December 17, 2013, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 173 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Ian Tregillis, author of Something More Than Night. About Ian: Ian Tregillis attended the University of Minnesota for both college and graduate school. Eventually the university decided it had seen quite enough of him, so it politely but firmly asked him […]

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Episode 172 – Django Wexler

On December 10, 2013, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 172 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names. About Django: Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in […]

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Episode 171 – Jamie Wyman

On December 3, 2013, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 171 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Jamie Wyman, author of Wild Card. About Jamie: After a misspent adulthood pursuing a Music Education degree, JAMIE WYMAN fostered several interests before discovering that being an author means never having to get out of pajamas. (However, she can eat/spin fire, […]

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Book Review: Codex Born (Magic Ex Libris: Book Two) by Jim C. Hines

On November 20, 2013, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

In Codex Born by Jim C. Hines, the hero and heroines from Libriomancer must face an old enemy in a powerful new form. When Johannes Gutenberg began mass printing books five hundred years ago, he made their inner magic accessible to certain people with magical abilities. Libriomancers, such as Gutenberg, could tap into the collective […]

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Episode 170 – With Author Brian McClellan

On November 19, 2013, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 170 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Brian McClellan, author of Promise of Blood. About Brian: Brian McClellan is an epic fantasy author. He studied writing under Brandon Sanderson and Orson Scott Card and was an honorable mention in the Writers of the Future Contest. Brian is an […]

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Outlining for NaNoWriMo, Part 1/3

On November 18, 2013, in Guest Post, by James Holder

As I write this, November draws nigh! Aspiring writers everywhere stock up on Starbucks gift cards, replacement keyboards, and that most renewable of resources, their own unrelenting anxiety about what to write for NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. For the last few years, I’ve taken on the annual challenge of writing 50,000 words of […]

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Episode 169 – Jaym Gates and Andrew Liptak

On November 12, 2013, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 169 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Jaym Gates and Andrew Liptak to talk about their kickstarter project – the anthology: War Stories. About War Stories: War Stories isn’t an anthology of bug hunts and unabashed jingoism. It’s a look at the people ordered into impossible situations, asked […]

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Episode 168 – Clancy, Yngwie and Twitter, Oh My

On November 5, 2013, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 168th episode of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio talk. What do we talk about?  Well – there’s the bit about… you know what?  You should just listen to the episode.  That is way easier than me having to sit here and type up a bunch of clever show notes […]

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Episode 167 – With Wesley Chu

On October 29, 2013, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 167 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Wesley Chu, author of the Angry Robot books The Lives of Tao and its sequel, The Deaths of Tao. About Wesley: Wesley Chu was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Chicago, Illinois when he was just a pup. It was there […]

 

Episode 166 – With Stephen Blackmore

On October 22, 2013, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 166 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome author Stephen Blackmore, whose first novel, CITY OF THE LOST, a paranormal noir with zombies, demons, witches and a lot of blood and violence is out now through DAW books. About Stephen: Stephen Blackmoore is a pulp writer of little to […]

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Episode 165 – A Live Panel from Worldcon in San Antonio

On October 15, 2013, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 165 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio offer up a live panel recording from Worldcon in San Antonio titled: How To Create A Memorable Podcast.  The panel was recorded at 10 am on the Monday following the Hugo Awards and included several people from genre podcasting. The Panel: Julia […]

Episode 164 – With Brenda Cooper

On October 8, 2013, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 164th episode of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Author and Futurist Brenda Cooper. About Brenda Cooper: Brenda is a technology professional, a science fiction writer and a futurist. Her most recent novel, THE CREATIVE FIRE, came out in November 2012 from Pyr. The sequel, THE DIAMOND DEEP, wich […]

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Book Received: The One-Eyed Man

On October 3, 2013, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (September 17, 2013) ISBN-10: 0765335441 Official Description: The colony world of Stittara is no ordinary planet. For the interstellar Unity of the Ceylesian Arm, Stittara is the primary source of anagathics: drugs that have more than doubled the human life span. But the ecological balance that makes […]

Episode 163 – With Douglas Lain

On October 1, 2013, in Uncategorized, by Patrick Hester

In the 163rd episode of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Douglas Lain, author of the new book, Billy Moon, out from TOR. About Douglas Lain: Lain is the producer and host of the weekly podcast Diet Soap, which features insightful guests discussing a wide range of topics, including philosophy, mysticism, […]

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Book Received: Billy Moon

On September 30, 2013, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 272 pages Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (August 27, 2013) ISBN-10: 0765321726 Official Description: In Douglas Lain’s debut novel set during the turbulent year of 1968, Christopher Robin Milne, the inspiration for his father’s fictional creation, struggles to emerge from a manufactured life, in a story of hope and transcendence. Billy Moon was […]

Story Types

On September 27, 2013, in JT Evans, RP Nerd, by JT Evans

There are as many plots in role playing as there are in genre fiction. They all boil down to “man in conflict,” but there are many different flavors of “man” and an equally high number of flavors of “conflict.” If I were to attempt to describe every nuanced type of story available to role players, […]

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Book Review: Mary Robinette Kowal’s Shades of Milk and Honey

On September 25, 2013, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

Mary Robinette Kowal’s Shades of Milk and Honey has been glibly described as “Jane Austen with Magic”. This shortchanges the depth of worldbuilding and characterization to be found in Kowal’s work. It captures a 19th century very much like our own with a depth that is recognizable to any author writing in or of the […]

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Episode 162 – With Eric Buist and talking about BEER!

On September 24, 2013, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 162nd episode of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome film maker Eric Buist to talk about his web series: HopStories. About Hops Stories: Before a beer delights your senses, before it’s plucked off the shelf, it journeys from brewery to market, it’s bottled, before it’s transformed from simple ingredients […]

 

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