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 […]

Review: Col Buchanan’s FARLANDER

On February 22, 2012, in Book Review, Jaym Gates, by Jaym Gates

Airships! Secretive assassin-monks! Fanatic cults! The world at stake! Don’t let the airship on the dustjacket fool you, this isn’t your expected steampunk novel. Ash is pursuing an official vendetta. He is a member of the Roshun, a secretive order providing protection services through the use of living ‘seals’ that die with their owner. They […]

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Book Received: Faith

On February 20, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Paperback: 376 pages Publisher: Night Shade Books; First Edition edition (January 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1597803901 Official Description: Moby Dick meets Duel in John Love”s debut novel of Space Opera and Military Science Fiction! Faith is the name humanity has given to the unknown, seemingly invincible alien ship that has begun to harass the […]

Book Received: Mecha Corps

On February 4, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Roc; Original edition (December 6, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464311 Official Description: Matt Lowell is in hell-and there’s no place he’d rather be. At a training camp on the backwater planet of Earth, he and his fellow cadets are learning to ride Mechas: biomechanicals sporting both incredible grace and […]

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Book Received: Under the Moons of Mars

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

Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (February 7, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1442420294 Available: February 7, 2012 Editor: John Joseph Adams Authors: Peter S. Beagle Jonathan Maberry Catherynne M. Valente Tobias S. Buckell Joe R. Lansdale Robin Wasserman Austin Grossman Garth Nix Celebrate 100 years of John Carter of Mars […]

Transcending Part of Speech: Kafkaesque, edited by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel

On January 23, 2012, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

  Kafkaesque Adjective Marked by a senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity e.g. Kafkaesque bureaucracies. Marked by surreal distortion and often a sense of impending danger. In the manner of something written by Franz Kafka. There are precious few writers whose names have transcended their status as a proper noun. Dickens has become an adjective to […]

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Review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

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

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card may possibly be the best novel I’ve ever read. That’s not a statement I make lightly. While my other favorites – Stranger in a Strange Land, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Death World – have all effected me in different ways, none has moved me as much as this […]

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Episode 087 – Peter Brett & Myke Cole

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

In episode 87 of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome back Peter V. Brett and Myke Cole. Links: Myke Cole (author’s website) Peter V. Brett (author’s website) Myke on Twitter Peter on Twitter © 2012 Patrick Hester and John Anealio This podcast features original music by John Anealio & an excerpt […]

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Flying Unfriendly Skies: The Black Lung Captain, by Chris Wooding

On January 16, 2012, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

  Captain Darian Frey has had some more reversals of fortune. Despite the encounter at Retribution Falls, keeping his beloved aerium fueled airship The Ketty Jay is serious business. His navigator is still weird and possibly inhuman, his daemonologist is still haunted by something he won’t talk about, his outrider fighter pilots are still a […]

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Review: The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

On January 12, 2012, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

      “The book does prominently feature three of the foundational touchstones of all things steampunk: giant airships, brass computers, and kinky feminine underwear.” ~ Bruce Sterling, Afterword, The Difference Engine   When I first delved into The Difference Engine, by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, I had no previous experience reading the work […]

Steampunk, Zombies and Alternate History: Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest

On December 7, 2011, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

Its late 19th Century Seattle.  The gold rush of the Klondike a couple of decades earlier  meant that the city was large and growing when inventor Leviticus Blue’s magnum opus due too greedily and too deep, releasing a gas that turns those who breathe it too deeply into the walking dead.  Those bitten or injured […]

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Review: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

On November 30, 2011, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

  Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest, grabs the reader from page one and refuses to let go. The characters stand out, the setting is fantastic, and the situation dire. What better way to start a horror story? Set in the late 1800’s during the Civil War, the scientist Leviticus Blue invents an incredible drilling machine called […]

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Episode 081 – Ed Lazellari

On November 29, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 81 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome TOR author Ed Lazellari to talk about his new book, Awakenings. From TOR’s website: EDWARD LAZELLARI has worked as an illustrator and graphic artist, doing projects for Marvel Entertainment, DC Comics, and Jim Henson Productions. His short story, “The Date,” won […]

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Review: Earth by Mur Lafferty

On October 26, 2011, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

    Dealing with the running of Heaven, the creation of a new Earth, and a literal administrative Hell has the newly deified Kate and Daniel both frazzled and emotionally drained in Earth, the third book of Mur Lafferty‘s Afterlife series. Despite their godly powers and knowledge, they lack the experience to handle their new […]

The End of Truth is the Beginning of Understanding: A Tardy Review of Embassytown

On October 19, 2011, in Book Review, John Ginsberg-Stevens, by John Ginsberg-Stevens

(Author’s Note: BEWARE: here there be spoilers!) “We tell the truth best by becoming lies.” – Avice Benner Cho To start this review, I need to make a brief confession: I have had Embassytown in my possession for a few months, and finished reading it weeks ago. But when I sat down to write my […]

Episode 075 – Andrew P. Mayer

On October 4, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 75th episode of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Andrew P Mayer, author of The Falling Machine, Book One of The Society of Steam, available from PYR. Links: Andrew P Mayer (author’s website) Andrew on Twitter The Falling Machine (Amazon) © 2011 Patrick Hester & John Anealio http://www.box.net/shared/static/2tvm077ukioqqsu1ygu7.mp3Podcast: Play […]

You can’t take the Crimson Skies from Me: A Review of Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding

On August 4, 2011, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

  Take a captain of a beat up old ship that sometimes can barely fly, but he loves it to death. He’s a veteran of a recent war, has no love for the Navy, and seeks freedom and profit, from trading between ports to a bit of light piracy and theft now and again.  He […]

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Episode 067 – Patrick D’Orazio

On August 2, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 67th episode of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio chat with author Patrick D’Orazio. Links: Author’s Website Author’s Twitter © 2011 Patrick Hester & John Anealio Featuring original music by John Anealio. http://www.box.net/shared/static/ifzbbrd4nmrhu8fi4hnq.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

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Review: Galileo’s Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson

On July 22, 2011, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

    Galileo’s Dream, by author Kim Stanley Robinson, takes the reader on a time traveling adventure between the moons of Jupiter and the most famous cities of the Renaissance, between the political turmoil of the distant future to the inner turmoil of Galileo’s own mind. Our guides throughout the journey are a man named […]

Exploring the domain of Hard SF and beyond: A review of Jonathan Strahan’s anthology Engineering Infinity

On July 21, 2011, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

  A Review of Engineering Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan   Jonathan Strahan is a freelance editor known for the wide variety of anthologies and author collections he has helped mold into shape. Ranging from collections of Jack Vance and Larry Niven to the New Space Opera to the Sword and Sorcery anthology Swords and […]

Episode 065 – Timothy Zahn

On July 19, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In Episode 65 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio talk all things Star Wars with the man who started the expanded universe, Timothy Zahn, to discuss his new book: Choices of One! Music in the episode: Sundog (Excerpt) by John Anealio George R. R. Martin is not Your Bitch (Excerpt) © […]

Hex, Allen M. Steele

On July 14, 2011, in Andrew Liptak, Book Review, by Andrew Liptak

Hex, by Allen M. Steele, is the sixth book in his Coyote series, taking place a number of years after the original novel. It’s a fast, exciting read, but one that fails to live up to expectations. Humanity has been opened up to the stars via a network of gates and tentative connections with other […]

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