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The weekly podcast from author/blogger Patrick Hester and author/teacher Tracy Townsend

The weekly podcast from author/blogger Patrick Hester and author/teacher Tracy Townsend

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United States

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The weekly podcast from author/blogger Patrick Hester and author/teacher Tracy Townsend

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@atfmb

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 480-Just Us and The Mandalorian

2/16/2021
In a very special Just Us episode, Patrick and Tracy are talking about The Mandalorian! Tracy’s family, having just finished a binge-watch of both seasons, had thoughts to share. We may also talk about The Clone Wars, the novel Star Wars: Ahoska, and about the strangest recipe for baked spaghetti ever… This episode originally appeared […] The post Episode 480-Just Us and The Mandalorian appeared first on The Functional Nerds.

Duration:00:42:50

Episode 479-Live From Capricon 41!

2/9/2021
This week, Patrick and Tracy are LIVE from Capricon, and taking questions from the audience! About Capricon: Capricon is a four-day science fiction convention held annually in the Chicagoland area since 1981. We celebrate the best of science fiction and fantasy, with a focus on literature. We are part of the world-wide fannish community, where […] The post Episode 479-Live From Capricon 41! appeared first on The Functional Nerds.

Duration:00:47:18

Episode 478-With Ehsan & Shakil Ahmad

2/2/2021
This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Ehsan & Shakil Ahmad, co-authors of Unbound: The Wild Sun Book 2. About Unbound: The Wild Sun Book 2: Once kindled, the flames of hope are not easily extinguished. No longer bound to a life of forced labor in the enemy’s mines, Cerrin leads a small band of escaped […] The post Episode 478-With Ehsan & Shakil Ahmad appeared first on The Functional Nerds.

Duration:00:54:41

Episode 477-With Laurell K Hamilton

1/26/2021
This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Laurell K. Hamilton, author of Rafael. About Rafael: Rafael, king of the wererats, must fight to the death to defend his crown. He wants Anita Blake, one of his closest allies, with him as he faces an opponent unlike any he’s faced before. He will ask Anita to risk […] The post Episode 477-With Laurell K Hamilton appeared first on The Functional Nerds.

Duration:00:47:58

Episode 476-With Robert J Sawyer

1/19/2021
This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Robert J. Sawyer, author of The Oppenheimer Alternative. About The Oppenheimer Alternative: While J. Robert Oppenheimer and his Manhattan Project team struggle to develop the A-bomb, Edward Teller wants something even more devastating: a bomb based on nuclear fusion?the mechanism that powers the sun. Teller’s research leads to a […] The post Episode 476-With Robert J Sawyer appeared first on The Functional Nerds.

Duration:00:40:53

Episode 475-With Ryan Van Loan

1/12/2021
This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Ryan Van Loan, author of The Sin in the Steel. About The Sin in the Steel: Buc and Eld are the first private detectives in a world where pirates roam the seas, mages speak to each other across oceans, mechanical devices change the tide of battle, and earthly wealth […] The post Episode 475-With Ryan Van Loan appeared first on The Functional Nerds.

Duration:00:46:26

Episode 474-With Adam Ward

12/22/2020
This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Adam Ward, professional Lego builder and author of Brick x Brick. About Brick x Brick: Join the “Bob Ross of LEGO” in constructing cool creations with this how-to guide that brings legendary builds to life! Looking for something a little more exciting than your average LEGO® guide? You’re in […] The post Episode 474-With Adam Ward appeared first on The Functional Nerds.

Duration:00:52:52

Episode 473-With Zig Zag Claybourne

12/15/2020
This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Zig Zag Claybourne, author of Afro Puffs Are the Antennae of the Universe. About Afro Puffs Are the Antennae of the Universe: No one has time for your BS…but Captain Desiree Quicho and her crew of utter badasses surely don’t. Got a universe to save. Again. Commandeer one piece […] The post Episode 473-With Zig Zag Claybourne appeared first on The Functional Nerds.

Duration:00:46:23

Episode 472-With Gail Carriger

12/8/2020
This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome back long-time friend of the podcast, Gail Carriger, author of the new non-fiction book The Heroine’s Journey: For Writers, Readers, and Fans of Pop Culture. About The Heroine’s Journey: For Writers, Readers, and Fans of Pop Culture: Tired of the hero’s journey? Frustrated that funny, romantic, and comforting stories […] The post Episode 472-With Gail Carriger appeared first on The Functional Nerds.

Duration:00:52:52

Episode 471-With Neal Litherland

12/1/2020
This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome freelance author and literary mercenary Neal F. Litherland. About Neal F. Litherland Neal Litherland is a Northwest Indiana author who works primarily in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. He started his career as a freelancer and ghostwriter in 2008, and it took until 2012 for his fiction to see […] The post Episode 471-With Neal Litherland appeared first on The Functional Nerds.

Duration:00:42:18

Episode 470-With Kevin Hearne

11/24/2020
This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Kevin Hearne, author of INK & SIGIL: FROM THE WORLD OF THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES. About INK & SIGIL Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails—and a most unique magical talent. He can cast spells with […] The post Episode 470-With Kevin Hearne appeared first on The Functional Nerds.

Duration:00:47:33

Episode 469-With Eboni Dunbar

11/17/2020
This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome writer and managing editor for FIYAH Literary Magazine, Eboni Dunbar, author of STONE AND STEEL. About Stone and Steel: In Stone and Steel, when General Aaliyah returns triumphant to the city of Titus, she expects to find the people prospering under the rule of her Queen, the stone mage […] The post Episode 469-With Eboni Dunbar appeared first on The Functional Nerds.

Duration:00:41:29

Episode 468-With Doug Engstrom

11/10/2020
This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Doug Engstrom whose debut novel, CORPORATE GUNSLINGER is available from Harper Collins. About CORPORATE GUNSLINGER: Like many Americans in the middle of the 21st century, aspiring actress Kira Clark is in debt. She financed her drama education with loans secured by a “lifetime services contract.” If she defaults, her […] The post Episode 468-With Doug Engstrom appeared first on The Functional Nerds.

Duration:00:42:46

Episode 467-With Rebecca Roanhorse

10/27/2020
This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome NYTimes bestselling and Nebula, Hugo and Locus Award-winning speculative fiction writer Rebecca Roanhorse whose latest book, BLACK SUN is out now! About BLACK SUN: In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar […] The post Episode 467-With Rebecca Roanhorse appeared first on The Functional Nerds.

Duration:00:43:20

Episode 466-With T Kingfisher

10/20/2020
This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Hugo, Sequoyah, and Ursa Major award winning author and illustrator T Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon) whose latest book, The Hollow Places: A Novel is available now. About The Hollow Places: A Novel: Pray they are hungry. Kara finds the words in the mysterious bunker that she’s discovered behind a […] The post Episode 466-With T Kingfisher appeared first on The Functional Nerds.

Duration:00:42:16

Episode 465-With Elizabeth Bear

10/13/2020
This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Hugo, Sturgeon, Locus, and Campbell Award winning author Elizabeth Bear whose latest book, Machine: A White Space Novel will be available on October 20th, 2020 everywhere fine books are sold. About Machine: A White Space Novel: Meet Doctor Jens. She hasn’t had a decent cup of coffee in fifteen […] The post Episode 465-With Elizabeth Bear appeared first on The Functional Nerds.

Duration:00:49:19

Episode 464-With Rob Cameron

10/6/2020
This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Rob Cameron whose latest non-fiction article, The Case for Black American Self-Defense is available at foreignpolicy.com. About Rob Cameron: Rob is a linguist, a pie addict with neither regrets nor inclinations towards rehab, and a public school ENL teacher in Brooklyn. When not finishing rewrites for his very patient […] The post Episode 464-With Rob Cameron appeared first on The Functional Nerds.

Duration:00:45:03

Episode 463-With Stephen Graham Jones

9/29/2020
This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Stephen Graham Jones whose novel, THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS is available now! So go buy it already… sheesh. ABOUT THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS: Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, The Only Good Indians follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from […] The post Episode 463-With Stephen Graham Jones appeared first on The Functional Nerds.

Duration:00:43:25

Episode 462-With Jeremy Robert Johnson

9/22/2020
This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Jeremy Robert Johnson whose novel, THE LOOP – available today for preorders, shipping on Sept 29th. ABOUT THE LOOP: A small town nestled in the hills of central Oregon becomes the epicenter of an epidemic of violence when the teenaged children of several executives from the local biotech firm […] The post Episode 462-With Jeremy Robert Johnson appeared first on The Functional Nerds.

Duration:00:40:40

Episode 461-With Andrew Pyper

9/15/2020
This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Andrew Pyper whose novel, THE RESIDENCE is out NOW! About THE RESIDENCE: The year is 1853. President-elect Franklin Pierce is traveling with his family to Washington, DC, when tragedy strikes. In an instant, their train runs off the rails, violently flinging passengers about the cabin. But when the great […] The post Episode 461-With Andrew Pyper appeared first on The Functional Nerds.

Duration:00:46:28