Author Archive

Michael R. Underwood, author of Attack The Geek, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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John Anealio and Patrick Hester discuss Patreon this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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Brian Staveley, author of The Emperor’s Blades, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris, authors of Dawn’s Early Light, join John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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Sarah Silbert, Senior Editor for Engadget, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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Mur Lafferty, author of The Shambling Guide to New York City and Ghost Train to New Orleans, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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Wendy Wagner on The Functional Nerds Podcast

Wendy Wagner, author of Skinwalkers, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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John Hornor Jacobs on The Functional Nerds Podcast

John Hornor Jacobs, author of The Twelve-Fingered Boy, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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Matt Wallace, screenwriter and author of The Failed Cities, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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Michael J. Martinez, author of The Daedalus Incident, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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Adam Christopher on The Functional Nerds Podcast

Adam Christopher, author of Hang Wire, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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Max Gladstone on The Functional Nerds Podcast

Max Gladstone, author of Three Parts Dead and Two Serpents Rise, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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Ancillary Justice author Ann Leckie joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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Freya Robertson on The Functional Nerds Podcast

Heartwood author Freya Robertson joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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Genre fiction author extraordinaire Ian Tregillis is the guest this week on The Functional Nerds podcast.  Ian, John Anealio and Patrick Hester talk about noir, The Hobbit and Ian’s new novel, Something More Than Night.

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Military Fantasy author Django Wexler is the guest this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.  Django, John Anealio and Patrick Hester talk anime, Almost Human, Doctor Who and The Thousand Names.

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John Anealio writes songs about Science Fiction, Fantasy & Other Nerdy Things. His music sounds like John Mayer, Weezer & James Taylor playing Dungeons & Dragons together on their iPhones. Download his music for free at johnanealio.com

Artists of all kinds are often inspired by other mediums.  Songwriters are routinely influenced by novelists, and novelists commonly listen to music when they write.  While there have been numerous novelizations of feature films, there haven’t been many book length interpretations of individual songs.  So here’s a question for you:

Which Author Should Novelize “The Trees” by Rush?

Shoot your answers to us in the comments below. Meanwhile, watch the video f the song and enjoy a bonus question!
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John Anealio at Confluence in Pittsburgh This Weekend!

This coming weekend (July 22nd-July 24th) I will be a guest at Confluence, The Literary Sci-Fi Convention in Pittsburgh, PA.

I will be performing a set of my original music on Friday evening:

  • Friday, July 22nd 9:00pm: John Anealio (Solo Concert) in The Redwood Room

This is a great con with lots of cool guests like Robert J. Sawyer, Jon Sprunk & S. Andrew Swann. If you are attending, please stop by at my concert and say hi. Be sure to follow my Twitter and Google+ streams for con updates.

Hope to see you there.

John Anealio

Balticon is This Weekend!

Balticon, The Maryland Regional Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention is this coming weekend (May 27th-May 30th). If you are in the area, I highly recommend checking it out. This is a great con with lots of cool guests, which this year includes Ben Bova, Scott Sigler, Paolo Bacigalupi, Mur Lafferty, Jon Sprunk and tons more.

I’ll also be performing a set of my Geeky, Sci-Fi inspired Music on Saturday Evening:

Saturday, May 28th 9:00 pm: John Anealio (Solo Concert) in The Garden Room

Additionally, I’ll be moderating the “Rise of Geek Music” Panel on Saturday at 4pm in the Derby Room.

If you are attending, please stop by at my concert or panel to say hi. Be sure to follow my Twitter stream for con updates.

Hope to see you there,

John Anealio

Sci-Fi Songwriter John Anealio sits down with Editor and Anthologist John Joseph Adams to talk music and its relationship to Science Fiction and Fantasy.

John Joseph Adams-called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & Noble.com-is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, The Living Dead, The Living Dead 2, By Blood We Live, Federations, and The Way of the Wizard. He is a 2011 Hugo Award-nominee for Best Editor (Short Form), and his books have been nominated for the World Fantasy Award. He is also the editor of Fantasy Magazine and Lightspeed Magazine. John is also the co-host of io9′s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.


John Anealio: What was the first album that you bought with your own money? Do you still listen to it now?

John Joseph Adams: I think it was Nirvana’s Nevermind. I generally listen to a playlist of around 200+ recently-acquired songs. I rotate stuff out, rotate new stuff in. So while I haven’t listened to Nevermind in a while, I do still really like the album. Nirvana’s my favorite thing to sing in Rock Band, so I do listen to them fairly often in that context, and actually not too long ago I did have Nevermind and other Nirvana albums in my playlist, as I sort of had a renewed appreciation for them after playing their songs in Rock Band so often.

The first album I can actually remember owning (though I was like 7 or 8, so surely I didn’t buy it with my own money) was Metal Health by Quiet Riot. Can’t say I listen to that anymore, though I suppose it makes sense that my first album would be metal (albeit of a type I would hardly consider metal now).

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