Book Received: Two Weeks’ Notice by Rachel Caine

On August 22, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Roc (August 7, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464621 Official Description: After dying and being revived with the experimental drug Returne, Bryn Davis is theoretically free to live her unlife—with regular doses to keep her going. But Bryn knows that the government has every intention of keeping a tight lid […]

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Book Review: Debris by Jo Anderton

On August 20, 2012, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

“-Falling just means you’re someone else when you stand up.” – Debris   In the world of Debris by Jo Anderton, pions – the sentient energy that composes reality – can be coerced into shaping matter and performing whatever task is required. The veche who rule the city of Movac-under-Keeper employ powerful pion “binders” to […]

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Book Review: The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

On August 13, 2012, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

The Long Earth, by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, tells the story of the expansion of humanity into a seemingly endless collection of Earths. When plans for the “stepper” – a box of simple electronic components powered by a potato – appears on the internet, it seems little more than a harmless project for children. […]

Book Received: Gunmetal Magic

On August 6, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages Publisher: Ace (July 31, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0425256138 Official Description: The New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels novels have been hailed as “top-notch urban fantasy” (Monsters and Critics). Now, Ilona Andrews delves deeper into Kate’s world, and reveals its untold stories… After being kicked out of the Order of […]

Book Received: Heaven’s War

On August 3, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 448 pages Publisher: Ace Hardcover; 1 edition (July 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0441020925 Official Description: When it first appeared, the astronomers named the asteroid Keanu. A Near Earth Object, from a distant constellation, it was headed directly toward our sun. But when we went to meet it, it turned out to be far […]

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Book Received: The Apocalypse Codex

On August 2, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Ace Hardcover (July 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1937007464 Official Description: Bob Howard may be humanity’s last hope. Start praying… For outstanding heroism in the field (despite himself), computational demonologist Bob Howard is on the fast-track for promotion to management within The Laundry, the super-secret British government agency tasked with defending […]

Book Received: Iron Gray Sea

On August 1, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 448 pages Publisher: Roc Hardcover; 1 edition (July 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464540 Official Description: In Taylor Anderson’s acclaimed Destroyermen series, a parallel universe adds an extraordinary layer to the drama of World War II. Now, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, the crew of USS Walker, and their allies battle an ever-growing host of […]

Book Review: vN by Madeline Ashby

On July 30, 2012, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

In vN, Madeline Ashby tells the story of Amy Peterson – an android little girl from a mixed synthetic/organic home. Her mother and herself are Von Neuman androids – self-replicating robots, while her father is human. Despite the differences between her and other children, Amy grows up loved and well cared for – until the […]

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Book Received: Blue Remembered Earth

On June 27, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 512 pages Publisher: Ace Hardcover (June 5, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0441020712 Official Description: With his critically acclaimed Revelation Space novels, Alastair Reynolds confirmed “his place among the leaders of the hard-science space opera renaissance.” (Publishers Weekly) With Blue Remembered Earth, the award-winning author begins a new epic, tracing generations of one family across […]

Review: Redshirts by John Scalzi

On June 18, 2012, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

Redshirts by John Scalzi takes one of the most beloved science fiction series of all time and mercilessly tears it apart. But in a good way. Andrew Dahl has just been stationed aboard the Intrepid, but as soon as he arrives he notices things are amiss. Crew members mysteriously disappear before certain officers appear in […]

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Book Received: The Lost Fleet: Invincible

On June 15, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 400 pages Publisher: Ace Hardcover; 1 edition (May 1, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1937007456 Official Description: New York Times bestselling author Jack Cambell’s space saga hits lightspeed with an action-packed story of interstellar war. Admiral John “Black Jack” Geary earned his rank after being revived from cryogenic sleep to lead the Alliance to victory […]

Review: The Returning by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

On June 11, 2012, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

If Bryan Thomas Schmidt‘s ‘The Worker Prince’ was Moses in space, than ‘The Returning’ contains the seeds of a new Exodus – blending the background of the original story seamlessly into the sequel. Readers may pick up the thread of the story quickly – whether or not they have read the first book. For decades, […]

The Chronicler’s Tale: Jeff Salyards’ Scourge of the Betrayer

On June 4, 2012, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

A military unit outside of the boundaries of its Empire, messing around in client kingdoms and bordering polities. A motley group of soldiers and gritty veterans,  more than a bit war-weary. Some of those soldiers are burdened with dark secrets, and a mission and purpose unclear to anyone around them. Standard Sword and sorcery stuff, […]

Book Received: Triggers

On June 1, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Ace Hardcover; 1 edition (April 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1937007162 Official Description: On the eve of a secret military operation, an assassin’s bullet strikes President Seth Jerrison. He is rushed to the hospital, where surgeons struggle to save his life. At the same hospital, researcher Dr. Ranjip Singh is experimenting […]

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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 […]

Book Received: So You Created a Wormhole

On May 30, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Berkley Trade; Original edition (April 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0425245586 Official Description: Welcome, intrepid temporal explorers, to the world’s first and only field manual/survival guide to time travel! DON’T LEAVE THIS TIME PERIOD WITHOUT IT! Humans from H. G. Wells to Albert Einstein to Bill & Ted have been fascinated […]

Book Received: The Impossible Cube

On May 23, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Roc (May 1, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464508 In an age where fantastic inventions of steam and brass have elevated Britain and China into mighty empires, Alice Michaels faces a future of technological terrors… Once, Gavin Ennock sailed the skies on airships and enchanted listeners with his fiddle music. […]

Book Received: Pod

On May 18, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (April 24, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 193700743X Official Description: When the black spheres filled the sky, anyone caught beneath them would vanish in a flash of blue-white light. Huddled indoors, the survivors were unaware if what was happening in their neighborhoods was happening worldwide. Josh is […]

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Skill beats Will: Myke Cole’s Shadow Ops: Control Point

On April 30, 2012, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

  The magic returns (or comes into being) to our technological modern day world is not a new idea in fantasy.  Rachel Pollack’s Unquestionable Fire. The novels of Alyx Dellamonica. The roleplaying games Shadowrun and GURPS: Technomancer hypothesize what would happen if magic erupted into the modern world. Other novels and stories ponder a return […]

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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Review: Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

On March 19, 2012, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

Orson Scott Card‘s second book in the Ender series, Speaker for the Dead, takes place years after humanity’s war against the alien ‘buggers.’ Ender Wiggins, the former child hero of the Bugger Wars, has spent twenty years traveling from world to world, speaking for the dead – telling the truth about the lives of those […]

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Episode 093 – Lou Anders and E.C. Meyers

On March 6, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 93 of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Lou Anders back to the show to chat with E.C. Meyers about Young Adult Fiction. About Lou Anders: Lou Anders is the  2011 Hugo Award winning editorial director of Prometheus Books’ science fiction and fantasy imprint Pyr, and editor of the […]

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