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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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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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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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: Shadow Ops: Control Point

On January 28, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Ace (January 31, 2012) ISBN-10: 1937007243 Official Description: Army Officer. Fugitive. Sorcerer. Across the country and in every nation, people are waking up with magical talents. Untrained and panicked, they summon storms, raise the dead, and set everything they touch ablaze. Army officer Oscar Britton sees the worst of […]

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Review: Rule 34, by Charles Stross

On January 18, 2012, in Andrew Liptak, Book Review, by Andrew Liptak

Charles Stross’s latest novel, Rule 34, is one of the notable books of 2011, a cyberpunk novel for the social media age. Gone is the notion of revolutionary computers and technologies just out of reach: this futuristic Scotland is a recognizable world that’s just around the corner, one that shows just how scary a high-technology […]

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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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Episode 077 – Jeff and Ann VanderMeer

On October 25, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

On this week’s episode of the Functional Nerds Podcast, John DeNardo sits in for Patrick, and joins John Anealio in welcoming Jeff and Ann VanderMeer to the show. Links: Jeff VanderMeer The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists ODD? Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded © 2011 […]

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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 | Android | 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 […]

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