Episode 395-With Howard Andrew Jones

On March 5, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

For episode 395, Patrick and John welcome back an old friend – Howard Andrew Jones! Howard’s new book – For The Killing of Kings is out from St. Martin’s Press in Hardback, eBook and coming soon – Audiobook! About Howard Andrew Jones: Howard Jones’s debut historical fantasy novel, The Desert of Souls (Thomas Dunne Books […]

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Episode 393 – with Becky Chambers

On February 19, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

It’s 393 people! And this week, Patrick and John welcome Becky Chambers – part of the team of writers who wrote The Vela, a brand new season of fiction from Serial Box! The writing team includes Becky, Yoon Ha Lee, Rivers Solomon, and S.L. Huang. About Becky Chambers: Becky Chambers is the author of the […]

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Episode 392 – Just Us and the Polar Vortex

On February 12, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

It’s the 392nd episode of the Functional Nerds podcast and both Patrick and John are hiding from the polar vortex, safe and sound indoors and recording a Just Us episode for you. What do they talk about? A better question might be – what DON’T they talk about?! Topics this week include but are not […]

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Episode 391 – With Django Wexler

On February 5, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 391st episode of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John welcome back former SFSignal.com contributor, anime enthusiast and author – Django Wexler! Django has a new book out – Ship of Smoke and Steel – the launch of Django Wexler’s cinematic, action-packed epic fantasy Wells of Sorcery trilogy. About Django Wexler: Django Wexler […]

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Episode 390 – Just Us and a Flame Thrower

On January 29, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

Episode 390 dawns, the snow has fallen and the only option left to Patrick and John is to talk about the story of some random guy clearing his driveway with a flamethrower. (We do not actually endorse using a flamethrower to clear a driveway, or for anything else now that you mention it.) Also in […]

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Episode 389 – With Beyond The Trope

On January 22, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

Patrick and John welcome Giles Hash and Michelle Graham – cohosts of the Beyond the Trope Podcast – to the show to talk about their own podcast and how they balance life of writers and podcasters with their day jobs and families. About Beyond the Trope: Once upon a time, three friends went crazy and […]

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Episode 388 – Just Us and Shaka, When the Walls Fell

On January 15, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

It’s 2019 and Patrick and John are here to talk about Christmas and Holiday presents, the iPhone XR, New Years, the lack of ‘January’ themed music, Audible originals, the TCL Roku TV John just got, iCloud, the Roku App, bluetooth headphones and Air Pods, the PS4 Pro, 4k Ultra HD content, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and […]

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Episode 387 – with Rob Bedford

On January 8, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

Patrick and John ring in the new year with Rob Bedford and beer! (Craft beer, especially – the image shows a pancake maple porter served at Maggie Smith’s Irish Pub in Centennial, CO) They probably talk about other stuff too… About Rob Bedford: Rob Bedford lives in NJ with his wife and dog. He reviews […]

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Episode 386 – Just Us and the Holiday Season

On December 18, 2018, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

Patrick and John wrap up 2018 with a talk about the holidays that includes A Charlie Brown Christmas, Breaking Bad, Doctor Who, Daredevil, the Arrowverse and the Elseworlds Crossover, holiday music concerts in schools, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Merry Axemas: A Guitar Christmas, the original Nintendo Entertainment System, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the Jedi […]

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Episode 385 – Just Us and the Holiday Gift Picks

On December 11, 2018, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

Patrick and John talk about the holidays, The Beatles, holiday music, creativity and then get into their picks for holiday gifts we think should make your own lists this year. Picks: John The History of Jazz Chuck Kloosterman’s writings Patrick 10th Anniversary Omnibus: The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks Fender Play app Links: John […]

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Episode 384 – Just Us and Physical Books

On December 4, 2018, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

Patrick and John are back this week to talk about physical books. John highlights, underlines and marks notes in physical books whereas Patrick is convulsing and wants to curl up in a ball under his desk just having to type that for you to read… Patrick sees physical books as art and displays them proudly. […]

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Episode 383 – With RJ Theodore (Rekka Jay)

On November 27, 2018, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 383 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome RJ (Rekka Jay) Theodore – author of FLOTSAM! About FLOTSAM: A fantastical steampunk first contact novel that ties together high magic, high technology, and bold characters to craft a story you won’t soon forget. Captain Talis just wants to keep her airship […]

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Episode 382 – Just Us, Country Music, Books and Streaming

On November 20, 2018, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

Patrick and John are talking about Patrick’s trip to KY, country music, the perfect country and western song, books – fiction and non-fiction (including Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty), Netflix canceling Luke Cage (and that other show… Fisty McIron Whine or whatever), CBS All Access, Disney’s streaming service, a new live action Star Wars show, […]

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Episode 381 – With Ryder Carroll

On November 13, 2018, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 381 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Ryder Carroll – creator of The Bullet Journal Method: Track Your Past, Order Your Present, Plan Your Future. About Ryder Carroll: Bullet Journal® (or BuJo® for short) was created by Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer and author living in Brooklyn, NY. […]

Episode 380 – With Jamie Todd Rubin

On October 30, 2018, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 380 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome back an old friend – Jamie Todd Rubin! About Jamie Todd Rubin: Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction, and has been blogging since late 2005. His fiction has appeared in many of the leading science fiction magazines, as well as a […]

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Episode 379 – Just Us, Books, Comics and Streaming

On October 16, 2018, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

Patrick and John are back for the second of two Just Us episodes. We’re talking about Patrick’s hole in one, the increasingly fractured digital streaming services marketplace, Netflix and Prime, comiXology Unlimited and reading digital comics, and more. Links: John Anealio on Twitter Patrick Hester on Twitter The Functional Nerds Patreon Page Patrick’s Book: Into […]

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Episode 378 – Just Us and Digital Licensing

On October 9, 2018, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

Patrick and John are back for the first of two Just Us episodes. In the first, we talk about a recent controversy over digital licensing rights and how they impact what you ‘buy’ including movies, tv shows, audiobooks and ebooks. Additionally, we go down the road of digital media versus print media – costs, distribution, […]

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Episode 377 – With Mur Lafferty

On October 2, 2018, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 377 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome back an old friend – Mur Lafferty! Mur has a new book out called Solo: A Star Wars Story – the official novelization of the movie! About Solo: A Star Wars Story: Though Han Solo has thrilled Star Wars fans for decades, […]

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Episode 376 – with Anna Smith Spark

On September 18, 2018, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 376 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Grim Dark Fantasy author Anna Smith Spark! Her Empires of Dust trilogy began with the David Gemmell Awards shortlisted The Court of Broken Knives, and continues with the newly released The Tower of Living and Dying. About Anna Smith Spark: Anna lives […]

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Episode 374 – Just Us and Music (mostly)

On August 28, 2018, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

Patrick and John return from a brief hiatus (Patrick has been sick) to talk about the music they’ve been listening to, the books they’ve been reading, how they consume books these days, beer, podcasts, and so very much more. You’ll just have to listen for yourself to gobble up all the goodies. And a special […]

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Episode 373 – With Tim Niederriter

On August 14, 2018, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 373 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome author and podcaster Tim Niederriter. He has several books out, including Spells of the Curtain: Court Mage, Spells of the Curtain: Battle Mage, Spells of the Curtain: Winter Mage, Memory Lost: A Post-Apocalyptic Cyberpunk Thriller (The Root Conspiracy Book 1), Mind Chase: […]

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Episode 372 – Just Us and SDCC

On August 7, 2018, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

Patrick and John return from a brief hiatus to talk about all the goodies coming out of San Diego Comic Con 2018! What does this conversation include? We’re so glad you asked! Among other things, we discuss: Doctor Who, DC Comic’s new streaming service, Titans, Young Justice, Man of Steel, Ben Affleck, Star Wars: The […]

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