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..I write songs about science fiction and fantasy. Alternate-tuned acoustic guitar picking, slide guitar riffs, analog synthesizers, and catchy pop hooks form the basis of my odes to androids, princesses, and vampires.


Patrick Hester is a twotime Hugo Award Winner, an author, blogger, podcaster and functional nerd who hangs out and publishes his stuff at his blog, ‘All things from my brain’ over at and on his twitter feed at Patrick’s is a published author. His short fiction appears in the anthologies Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales Volume 6 (First Contact), and An Uncommon Collection (Charisma), as well as in the Kindle Projects Conversations With My Cat, Consumption, Witchcraft & Satyrs and Cahill’s Homecoming. His first novel, Into The Fire, was published by WordFire Press and is available wherever good books are sold. He produced and hosted the Hugo Award winning SF Signal podcast, as well as I Should Be Writing, the podcast for wannabe fiction writers hosted by Campbell and Hugo award winning author Mur Lafferty, for many years. In his professional life, he is a digital marketer and, of course, he’s the original Functional Nerd – so all of this is totally his fault…

You can follow Patrick on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram – just look for ATFMB.


Tracy Townsend 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 chair of the English department at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, an elite public boarding school, where she teaches creative writing and science fiction and fantasy literature. She’s been a martial arts instructor, a stage combat and accent coach, a short-order cook for houses full of tired gamers, and now (apparently) a podcast co-host. When she’s actually sitting still, she lives in Bolingbrook, Illinois with two bumptious hounds, two remarkable children, one goblin cat, and a very patient husband.

You can follow Tracy on Twitter and Facebook.

Past CoHost: John Anealio

John Anealio

John Anealio writes songs about science fiction and fantasy. Alternate-tuned acoustic guitar picking, soaring synthesizers, and catchy pop hooks power his odes to androids, princesses, and vampires. He posts said songs, along with remixes and podcasts, as free MP3 downloads to his blog, every week (or so). Anealio’s ascent to Sci-Fi music super-stardom began on that fateful day when he composed a catchy tune to John DeNardo’s (SF Signal’s poet laureate) lyrical tribute to Summer Glau. The sheet music to his song “The Ballad of Wilson Cole” appears in the appendix of Mike Resnick’s  novel: Starship: Flagship published by Pyr.

You can also follow John on Twitter.

One Response to Hosts

  1. Jim Stiles says:

    When I hear the opening theme for the podcast, it sounds like I am hearing:

    “Odd John, he’s Patrick…”

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