Episode 226 – Jamie Todd Rubin

On March 24, 2015, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 226 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio chat with Jamie Todd Rubin. About Jamie: I’ve always had a fascination with the life of writers that I admire. They make up these great stories, but what are they like as people? A guilty pleasure of mine is reading biographical pieces […]

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Episode 222 – With Myke Cole

On February 10, 2015, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 222 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio chat with author Myke Cole. About Myke: As a secu­rity con­tractor, gov­ern­ment civilian and mil­i­tary officer, Myke Cole’s career has run the gamut from Coun­tert­er­rorism to Cyber War­fare to Fed­eral Law Enforce­ment. He’s done three tours in Iraq and was recalled to […]

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Episode 221 – With Brian Brushwood

On February 3, 2015, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 221 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio chat with podcaster and television personality Brian Brushwood. About Brian: Host of Scam School for Discovery & Hacking The System for NatGeo. Two Billboard #1 comedy albums. Eats fire. Sticks nails in eyes. Jackass. This week’s picks: Brian: Amazon Prime Pilot: The […]

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Episode 220 – with Brian McClellan

On January 27, 2015, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 220 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio chat with writer Brian T. McClellan. About Brian: Brian lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife, two dogs, a cat, and between 6,000 and 60,000 honey bees (depending on the time of year). He began writing on Wheel of Time role playing […]

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Episode 219 – With Matt Forbeck

On January 20, 2015, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 219 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio chat with writer and Capricon 35 Author Guest of Honor, Matt Forbeck. About Matt: Matt Forbeck has worked full-time on games and fiction since 1989, when he graduated from the Residential College at the University of Michigan with a degree in Creative […]

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Episode 218 – With Margaret Weis

On January 13, 2015, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 218 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio chat with prolific writer and Dragonlance co-creator Margaret Weis. About Margaret: Margaret Weis is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Dragonlance Chronicles and Dragonlance Legends as well as many other award-winning and notable series, most recently Dragon Brigade with Robert […]

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Episode 217 – with William (W.C.) Bauers

On December 30, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 217 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio chat with author William (W.C.) Bauers. About William: W. C. BAUERS has worked on the sales side of publishing for more than thirteen years. Unbreakable is his first novel. His interests include Taekwondo, reading and writing military science fiction, toting gear for […]

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Episode 216 – With Sam Sykes

On December 23, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 216 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio chat with author Sam Sykes. About Sam: Sam Sykes has done many things worthy of note, most of them involving violence of one manner or another.  Amongst his feats of strength, he counts the following: Wrestling a Kodiak bear to the earth […]

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Episode 215 – With Rajan Khanna

On December 16, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 215 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio chat with author Rajan Khanna. About Rajan: Rajan Khanna is a fiction writer, blogger, reviewer and narrator. His first novel, Falling Sky, a post-apocalyptic adventure with airships, is due to be released in October 2014 from Pyr. His short fiction has appeared […]

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Episode 214 – With Gail Carriger

On December 2, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 214 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio chat with Gail Carriger. About Gail: New York Times Bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. […]

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Episode 213 – With Alex Hughes

On November 25, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 213 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio chat with Alex Hughes. About Alex: Alex Hughes, the author of the award-winning Mindspace Investigations series from Roc, has lived in the Atlanta area since the age of eight. She is a graduate of the prestigious Odyssey Writing Workshop, and a member […]

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Episode 211 – Patrick and John talk about Star Wars a lot

On November 4, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 211 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio talk about many things, including but not limited to: Social media The Channel Formerly Known As SciFi Being Zen Star Wars JJ Abrams Star Trek This week’s picks: John: Star Wars: A New Dawn Patrick: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2, Defiance Season […]

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Episode 209 – With John DeNardo

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

In episode 209 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome back John “The Bagel OverLord” DeNardo of SF Signal.com  About John: John is an avid reader and reviewer. (See John’s review criteria.) His book reading comes second only to his book buying, which some (including John himself) might call compulsive. (We often […]

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Episode 208 – With Robert Jackson Bennett

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

In episode 208 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio talk with author Robert Jackson Bennett.  About Robert: Robert Jackson Bennett‘s 2010 debut Mr. Shivers won the Shirley Jackson Award as well as the Sydney J Bounds Newcomer Award. His second novel, The Company Man, won a Special Citation of Excellence from the Philip K […]

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Episode 207 – Patrick and John

On October 7, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 207 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio talk amongst themselves about all manner of things. Social media?  Yup. Email?  Yup. 70’s pop rock?  You betcha. Marketing?  Uh-huh. Is nothing sacred?  Nope. I mean, seriously? Have you not listened to us before? This week’s picks: John: ZenHabits.net Patrick: Inbound 2014 […]

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Episode 206 – With Sarah Chorn

On September 30, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 206 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio talk with prolific book blogger and reviewer, Sarah Chorn.  About Sarah: I have been a compulsive reader my whole life. At a young age I found my reading niche in the fantastic genre of Speculative Fiction. I blame my active imagination for […]

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Episode 205 – With Steven Gould

On September 23, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 205 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio talk with author and SWFA President Steven Gould.  About Steven: Steven Gould is the author of Jumper, Wildside, Helm, Blind Waves, Reflex, Jumper: Griffin’s Story, 7th Sigma, Impulse, and Exo as well as several short stories published in Analog, Asimov’s, and Amazing, […]

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Episode 202 – With Sylvia Izzo Hunter

On August 26, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 202 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio talk with Sylvia Izzo Hunter, author of The Midnight Queen. About Sylvia: Sylvia Izzo Hunter was born in Calgary, Alberta, back in the days before Star Wars, and started making up stories at approximately the time she learned to talk. A couple […]

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Episode 201 – With Andrew Shaffer

On August 5, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 201 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio talk with a Andrew Shaffer, author of How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters. About Andrew: Andrew Shaffer is a humorist and author whose works include Syfy’s How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters, Great Philosophers Who Failed […]

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Episode 199 – With Alyx (A M) Dellamonica

On July 22, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 199 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio talk with author Alyx (A.M.) Dellamonica. About Alyx: I spent my early childhood in various community theaters, prompting actors who’d forgotten their lines, running errands for carpenters and sound techs, and scrambling up eighteen-foot ladders to hang lighting instruments. As a young […]

Episode 198 – With Jill Archer

On July 15, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 198 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio talk with author Jill Archer.   About Jill: Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jill earned a bachelor of science from Penn State University and later moved to Baltimore to attend the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude. She […]

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Episode 197 – With John Mierau

On July 8, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 197 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio talk with author John Mierau.   About John: John Mierau is a writer, narrator and podcaster. He writes character-based speculative fiction (anything with aliens, monsters or alternate somethings in it), grounding the fantastic inside the lives of characters you love (or love […]

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