Episode 508-With Jason Sanford

On September 21, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome back Jason Sanford, author of PLAGUE BIRDS. About PLAGUE BIRDS: Glowing red lines split their faces. Shock-red hair and clothes warn people to flee their approach. They are plague birds, the powerful merging of humans and artificial intelligences who serve as judges and executioners after the collapse of civilization. […]

 

Episode 507-With Neil Sharpson

On September 14, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Neil Sharpson, author of When The Sparrow Falls. About When The Sparrow Falls: Life in the Caspian Republic has taught Agent Nikolai South two rules. Trust No One. And work just hard enough not to make enemies. Here, in the last sanctuary for the dying embers of the human […]

 

Episode 506-With Justin Woolley

On September 7, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Justin Woolley, author of Shakedowners. About Shakedowners: Some starship captains explore strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new civilisations. Some lead missions of discovery through wormholes to the other side of the galaxy. Then there’s Captain Iridius B. Franklin, someone who spent too long seeking out strange […]

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Episode 505-With P Djéli Clark

On August 31, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome P Djéli Clark, author of A Master of Djinn. About A Master of Djinn: Cairo, 1912: Though Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, she’s certainly not a rookie, especially after preventing the destruction of the universe last summer. So […]

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Episode 504-With Lauren O’Connor

On August 24, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Lauren O’Connor, author of Robin and the Making of American Adolescence. About Robin and the Making of American Adolescence: Holy adolescence, Batman! Robin and the Making of American Adolescence offers the first character history and analysis of the most famous superhero sidekick, Robin. Debuting just a few months after […]

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Episode 503-With PJ Manney

On August 17, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome PJ Manney, author of (CON)science: A Novel (Phoenix Horizon Book 3). About (CON)science: A Novel (Phoenix Horizon Book 3): Five years ago, bioengineer Peter Bernhardt spearheaded an innovation in nanotechnology that changed the course of evolution. Until everything was taken from him—his research, the people he loved, and finally […]

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Episode 502-With David Liss

On August 10, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome David Liss, author of The Peculiarities. About The Peculiarities: Thomas’s problems are more serious than those of a typical young Victorian gentleman. His elder brother may be sabotaging the family’s bank. His childhood friend has died under mysterious circumstances. Far worse, leaves are sprouting on Thomas’s skin. Perhaps it […]

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Episode 501-With S. Qiouyi Lu

On August 3, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome S. Qiouyi Lu, author of In the Watchful City. About In the Watchful City: The city of Ora is watching. Anima is an extrasensory human tasked with surveilling and protecting Ora’s citizens via a complex living network called the Gleaming. Although ær world is restricted to what æ can […]

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Episode 500-With Catherynne M. Valente

On July 27, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy celebrate episode 500 with Catherynne M. Valente, author of The Past Is Red. About The Past Is Red: The future is blue. Endless blue…except for a few small places that float across the hot, drowned world left behind by long-gone fossil fuel-guzzlers. One of those patches is a magical place […]

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Episode 499-With Lena Nguyen

On July 20, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Lena Nguyen, author of We Have Always Been Here. About We Have Always Been Here: Misanthropic psychologist Dr. Grace Park is placed on the Deucalion, a survey ship headed to an icy planet in an unexplored galaxy. Her purpose is to observe the thirteen human crew members aboard the […]

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Episode 498-With Ellen Datlow

On July 13, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome multi-award winning fiction editor Ellen Datlow, whose latest anthology – Body Shocks: Extreme Tales of Body Horror – is coming October 19th from Tachyon Publications. About Body Shocks: Extreme Tales of Body Horror: The most terrifying thing that you can possibly imagine is your own body in the hands […]

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Episode 497-With Ryan Van Loan

On June 29, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome back Ryan Van Loan, author of The Justice in Revenge (The Fall of the Gods, 2). About The Justice in Revenge (The Fall of the Gods, 2): The island nation of Servenza is a land of flint and steel, sail and gearwork, of gods both Dead and sleeping. It […]

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Episode 496-Just Us, Monty Python and Root Beer

On June 22, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome share a special Just Us episode from the Patreon feed, wherein they discuss: Monty Python, Spam, Video Games and Windows theme overlays, Keyboards, dog farts, Star Trek, fanzines, manual typewriters, geek culture, buying habits, Patreon and Kickstarter, custom refrigerators with soft serve, root beer (and other) floats, pizza and […]

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Episode 495-With Christopher Swiedler

On June 15, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Christopher Swiedler, author of The Orpheus Plot. About The Orpheus Plot: Lucas Adebayo grew up on a small mining ship in the asteroid belt, but wants to join the Navy and become the best pilot in the galaxy. The Navy has never accepted a Belter cadet before, but Lucas’s […]

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Episode 494-With Andy Weir

On June 8, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Andy Weir, author of Project Hail Mary. About Project hail Mary: Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone […]

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Episode 493-With K.M. Szpara

On June 1, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome K.M. Szpara, author of FIRST, BECOME ASHES. About FIRST, BECOME ASHES: For thirty years, the Fellowship of the Anointed isolated its members, conditioning them to believe that pain is power. That magic is suffering. That the world beyond the fence has fallen prey to monsters. But when their leader […]

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Episode 492-With David Ebenbach

On May 25, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome David Ebenbach, author of How To Mars. About How To Mars: For the six lucky scientists selected by the Destination Mars! corporation, a one-way ticket to Mars?in exchange for a lifetime of research?was an absolute no-brainer. The incredible opportunity was clearly worth even the most absurdly tedious screening process. […]

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Episode 491-With Sarah Pinsker

On May 18, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Sarah Pinsker, author of We Are Satellites. About We Are Satellites: Val and Julie just want what’s best for their kids, David and Sophie. So when teenage son David comes home one day asking for a Pilot, a new brain implant to help with school, they reluctantly agree. This […]

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Episode 490-With Nino Cipri

On May 11, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Nino Cipri, author of Finna. About Finna: When an elderly customer at a Swedish big box furniture store ? but not that one ? slips through a portal to another dimension, it’s up to two minimum-wage employees to track her across the multiverse and protect their company’s bottom line. […]

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Episode 489-With Cassandra Khaw, Genevieve Gornichec and Caitlin Starling

On May 4, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome not one, not two, but THREE authors – Cassandra Khaw, Genevieve Gornichec and Caitlin Starling, who have combined forces in a new collection of stories set in the Vampire: The Masquerade universe called Walk Among Us. About Walk Among Us: One of the most popular role-playing properties in the […]

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Episode 488-With S.B. Divya

On April 27, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Hugo and Nebula nominated author S.B. Divya, whose book, Machinehood, is available now! About Machinehood Welga Ramirez, executive bodyguard and ex-special forces, is about to retire early when her client is killed in front of her. It’s 2095 and people don’t usually die from violence. Humanity is entirely dependent […]

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Just Us, Grief, Guilt and Death

On April 20, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In a very special Just Us episode, Patrick and Tracy are talking about the weeks where Patrick has been absent, his mother’s long illness, and her recent passing. They also touch on grief, guilt, Catholic guilt, and all the baggage that comes with them. Links: Tracy Townsend on Twitter Patrick Hester on Twitter The Functional […]

 

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