Episode 534-With Andrea Hairston

On April 12, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Andrea Hairston, author of REDWOOD AND WILDFIRE. About REDWOOD AND WILDFIRE: At the turn of the 20th century, minstrel shows transform into vaudeville, which slides into moving pictures. Hunkering together in dark theatres, diverse audiences marvel at flickering images. Redwood, an African American woman, and Aidan, a Seminole Irish […]

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Episode 533-With Maurice Broaddus

On April 5, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Maurice Broaddus, author of SWEEP OF STARS. About SWEEP OF STARS: The Muungano empire strived and struggled to form a utopia when they split away from old earth. Freeing themselves from the endless wars and oppression of their home planet in order to shape their own futures and create […]

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Episode 532-With Tobias Buckell

On March 29, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Tobias Buckell, author of Shoggoths in Traffic and Other Stories. About Shoggoths in Traffic and Other Stories: Traffic is piling up, and strange things are headed your way in this new story collection by World Fantasy Award-winning author Tobias S. Buckell. In these twenty-seven stories you’ll find inhabitants of […]

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Episode 531-With Samantha Cohoe

On March 22, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Samantha Cohoe, author of Bright Ruined Things. About Bright Ruined Things: The only life Mae has ever known is on the island, living on the charity of the wealthy Prosper family who control the island’s magic and its spirits. Mae longs for magic of her own and to have […]

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Episode 530-With Gama Ray Martinez

On March 15, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Gama Ray Martinez, author of GOD OF NEVERLAND. About GOD OF NEVERLAND: Peter Pan is missing; Neverland is in trouble. For adults, that might not matter all that much, but for children—whose dreams and imagination draw strength from the wild god’s power—the magic we take for granted in the […]

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Episode 529-With Max Gladstone

On March 8, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Max Gladstone, author of LAST EXIT. About LAST EXIT: When Zelda and her friends first met, in college, they believed they had all the answers. They had figured out a big secret about how the world worked and they thought that meant they could change things. They failed. One […]

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Episode 528-With James Rollins

On March 1, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome James Rollins, author of THE STARLESS CROWN. About THE STARLESS CROWN: A gifted student foretells an apocalypse. Her reward is a sentence of death. Fleeing into the unknown she is drawn into a team of outcasts: A broken soldier, who once again takes up the weapons he’s forbidden to […]

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Episode 527-With Mark Sabalauskas

On February 22, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Mark Sabalauskas, author/creator of the Return to the Stars RPG Game. About Return to the Stars RPG Game: Return to the Stars is designed to allow the creation of characters that evoke the best elements of geek culture. In the far future hyperspace travel gave easy access to countless […]

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Episode 526-Live from Capricon 42 With Michi Trota, Gary K Wolfe, Megan Mackie and More

On February 15, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy are live from Capricon 42 with a very special, super-sized show filled with great conversations from all of these amazing people: Lauren Jankowski – author of The Shape Shifter Chronicles (Follow Lauren on Twitter) Megan Mackie – author of The Finder of the Lucky Devil (Follow Megan on Twitter) KM […]

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Episode 525-With Elsa Sjunneson

On February 1, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Elsa Sjunneson, author of Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman’s Fight to End Ableism. About Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman’s Fight to End Ableism: A Deafblind writer and professor explores how the misrepresentation of disability in books, movies, and TV harms both the disabled community and everyone else. As a […]

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Episode 524-With Rebecca Ross

On January 25, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Rebecca Ross, author of A River Enchanted. About A River Enchanted: Jack Tamerlaine hasn’t stepped foot on Cadence in ten long years, content to study music at the mainland university. But when young girls start disappearing from the isle, Jack is summoned home to help find them. Enchantments run […]

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Episode 523-With Lorraine Wilson

On January 18, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Lorraine Wilson, author of This Is Our Undoing and the forthcoming The Way The Light Bends. About This Is Our Undoing: In a near-future Europe fracturing under climate change and far-right politics, biologist Lina Stephenson works in the remote Rila Mountains, safely away from London State. When an old […]

 

Episode 522-With Nicole Glover

On January 11, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Nicole Glover, author of the Murder & Magic series – The Conductors and The Undertakers. About The Conductors and The Undertakers – Hetty Rhodes and her husband, Benjy, were Conductors on the Underground Railroad, ferrying dozens of slaves to freedom with daring, cunning, and magic that draws its power […]

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Episode 521-Just Us and 2021

On January 4, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy are talking about 2021 with the obligatory year-end recap episode! We’re taking a look back at our favorite episodes from 2021, how things went and what challenges we had. The ups and the downs. Links: Tracy Townsend on Twitter Patrick Hester on Twitter The Functional Nerds Patreon Page © 2022 […]

 

Episode 520-With Monica Byrne

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

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Monica Byrne, author of THE ACTUAL STAR. About THE ACTUAL STAR: The Actual Star takes readers on a journey over two millennia and six continents —telling three powerful tales a thousand years apart, all of them converging in the same cave in the Belizean jungle. Braided together are the […]

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Episode 519-With Derek Kunsken

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

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Derek Kunsken, author of The Quantum War (book 3 of the Quantum Evolution series). About The Quantum War: The war rages onward and the Union’s premier fighter pilots, the Homo Eridanus, start encountering deadly resistance from strange pilots on the Congregate side. Among wreckage, they find that new Congregate […]

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Episode 518-With C.J. Cooke

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

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome CJ Cooke, author of The Lighthouse Witches. About The Lighthouse Witches: When single mother Liv is commissioned to paint a mural in a 100-year-old lighthouse on a remote Scottish island, it’s an opportunity to start over with her three daughters–Luna, Sapphire, and Clover. When two of her daughters go […]

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[Guest Post] An interview between authors Robert Redick and K.V. Johansen

On November 30, 2021, in Guest Post, by Patrick Hester

Today we’re excited to bring you an interview between authors Robert Redick and K.V. Johansen. In the interview, Redick talks about his latest release Sidewinders, the second book in the The Fire Sacraments series and how he outlines all those fantastic twists and turns and K.V. shares her secrets behind Gods of The Caravan Road, […]

Episode 517-With Cat Rambo

On November 23, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Cat Rambo, author of YOU SEXY THING. About YOU SEXY THING: TwiceFar station is at the edge of the known universe, and that’s just how Niko Larson, former Admiral in the Grand Military of the Hive Mind, likes it. Retired and finally free of the continual war of conquest, […]

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Episode 516-With K.E. Flann

On November 16, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome K.E. Flann, author of How to Survive a Human Attack. About How to Survive a Human Attack: Did you know human attacks account for a staggering 100 percent of premature deaths for witches, swamp monsters, cyborgs, and other supernatural, mutant, and exceptionally large beings? The past millennia or so […]

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Episode 515-With Zin E. Rocklyn

On November 9, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Zin E. Rocklyn, author of Flowers for the Sea. About Flowers for the Sea: We are a people who do not forget. Survivors from a flooded kingdom struggle alone on an ark. Resources are scant, and ravenous beasts circle. Their fangs are sharp. Among the refugees is Iraxi: ostracized, […]

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Episode 514-With Alix E. Harrow

On November 2, 2021, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Alix Harrow, author of A Spindle Splintered. About A Spindle Splintered: It’s Zinnia Gray’s twenty-first birthday, which is extra-special because it’s the last birthday she’ll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, just that […]

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