Book Received: Robot Uprisings

On March 6, 2014, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Series: Vintage Original Paperback: 496 pages Publisher: Vintage (April 8, 2014) ISBN-10: 0345803639 Official Description: Humans beware. As the robotic revolution continues to creep into our lives, it brings with it an impending sense of doom. What horrifying scenarios might unfold if our technology were to go awry? From self-aware robotic toys to intelligent machines […]

Book Received: Beyond The Sun

On July 22, 2013, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Paperback: 296 pages Publisher: Fairwood Press, Inc; 1st edition (August 1, 2013) ISBN-10: 1933846380 Official Description: Colonists take to the stars to discover new planets, new sentient beings, and build new lives for themselves and their families. Some travel years to find their destination, while others travel a year or less. Some discover a planet […]

Book Review: Walk the Fire, edited by John Mierau

On December 17, 2012, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

Thematic Shared-world anthologies used to be, once upon a time, all the rage, and one of my favorite forms of genre reading. Wild Cards, Thieves World, Heroes in Hell, Forever After, Time Gate, the Man-Kzin Wars…at one point, I couldn’t scan a shelf in a bookstore without running into one I had not seen or read before.Thematic […]

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Book Review: In Situ, edited by Carrie Cuinn

On August 9, 2012, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

  The term Science Fiction applies if there is a science somewhere at the bottom of the fiction. Be it the “hard” sciences of  physics, astronomy and chemistry, or the “soft” sciences of sociology, psychology, anthropology, and biology lying somewhere in between, there is always an underlying science for the fiction to be considered science […]

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Book Received: Armored

On May 31, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages Publisher: Baen; Original edition (March 27, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1451638175 Official Description: Armor up for a metal-pounding feast of action, adventure and amazing speculation by topnotch writers (including Nebula-award winner Jack McDevitt, Sean Williams, Dan Abnet, Simon Green, and Jack Campbell) on a future warrior that might very well […]

Episode 099 – Brad Torgersen, Jean Johnson and Bryan Thomas Schmidt

On April 17, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 99 of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Brad Torgersen, Jean Johnson and Bryan Thomas Schmidt to discuss the Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales #6 anthology. About Brad: Brad R. Torgersen is a healthcare computer geek by day, a United States Army Reserve Warrant Officer on the weekends, […]

Review: Astronauts and Heretics by Thomas Marcinko

On March 26, 2012, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

Thomas Marcinko’s new anthology, Astronauts and Heretics, treats the reader to seven highly entertaining and imaginative stories. The first story, Faith in a Higher Power, tells of a world where super powers are strictly regulated and many treat their ‘gifts’ as an addiction. Despite this, the tale is playful and upbeat. Next comes Whiter Teeth, […]

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Book Received: Lightspeed: Year One

On February 24, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Paperback: 480 pages Publisher: Prime Books (November 22, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 1607013045 Official Description: Lightspeed (www.lightspeedmagazine.com) is the critically-acclaimed, online science fiction magazine edited by bestselling anthologist John Joseph Adams. Lightspeed publishes all types of science fiction, from near-future, sociological soft sf, to far-future, star-spanning hard sf, and anything and everything in between. Each […]

Episode 076 – Rigor Amortis Panel

On October 18, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In Episode 076 of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome John Remy, Andy Penn Romine, Steven Scearce and Galen Dara to celebrate the re-release of the Rigor Amortis anthology. Links: Rigor Amortis John Remy Andy Penn Romine Steven Scearce Galen Dara © 2011 Patrick Hester & John Anealio Podcast: Play in […]

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The return of the Hierophant of the New Weird: The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer

On August 15, 2011, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

hierophant noun. 1. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece) an official high priest of religious mysteries, esp those of Eleusis 2. a person who interprets and explains esoteric mysteries Back when I wrote a review of Finch, I called Jeff Vandermeer the “Hierophant of the New Weird”.  I used that unusual word on purpose, then, and I use […]

Episode 030 Jaym Gates and Erika Holt

On October 25, 2010, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

030 The Functional Nerds In our 30th episode, John & I welcome Jaym Gates & Erika Holt as our latest recruits in the 3rd Nerd Army! Jaym & Erika share details of their new anthology, Rigor Amortis; a collection of stories about Romanace, Revenge, Risk & Raunch – with Zombies.  We also tackle topics like: […]

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