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Patrick Hester is a writer, blogger, podcasting dude, Denver transplant and all around Functional Nerd. ...don't hate him cuz he has a cool hat. His Blog His Twitter His Facebook

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 071): An Interview with Author William Gibson

In episode 71 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with multi-award winning author William Gibson.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 070): Panel Discussion of Favorite Podcasts

In episode 70 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks our irregulars: Do you listen to podcasts? Which ones, and do you listen to fiction podcasts?

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 069): An Interview with Editor and Senior Locus Reviewer Gary K. Wolfe

In episode 69 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Denardo chat with multi-award winning editor and reviewer Gary K. Wolfe.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 068): ReaderCon Recap

In episode 68 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks our irregulars who attended ReaderCon to give us the highlights from the convention.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 067): An Interview with Author and Editor Ellen Kushner

In episode 67 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with multi-award winning editor and author Ellen Kushner whose Welcome To Bordertown anthology, is currently in bookstores.

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Torchwood: Miracle Day (‘The New World’ & ‘Rendition’ Recaps)

Torchwood is back, and this time, the much reduced team (Only Gwen and Jack are still around), find themselves being pulled into a new world-wide mystery as Miracle Day comes, and no one can die.

WARNING: Spoilers after the cut!

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 066): Panel Discussion of SciFi and Fantasy Conventions

In episode 66 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks the panel to discuss Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions – which to attend, why, and what’s the etiquette when approaching your favorite author.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 065): Interview with Tracy Hickman

In episode 65 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester sits down with Tracy Hickman, Author of Dragonlance, Darksword and Sovereign Stone.

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Come Join the Drink and Draw! (A Twitter Event and More)

Over on the FunctionalNerds.com, Booze Nerd Andy Romine and Art Nerd Galen Dara are putting on a Functional Nerds Drink & Draw party!

Functional Nerds twitter event: Drink & Draw!

When: The evening of Friday July 15th.

Where: tweeting from a computer/mobile device near you.

What’s a Drink & Draw?

Drink • and • Draw: verb.

  1. Take a swig of the beverage of your choice.
  2. Start making marks.
  3. Repeat.

Drink & Draw! It’s as simple as that. It happens spontaneously all the time around the world without much forethought or planning at all; artists and non-artists alike with their drinks in one hand and a pencil nub in the other, doodling on a cocktail napkin…

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 064): Panel Discussion – 1st Half 2011 Genre Media Roundup and Review

In episode 64 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester and the panel discuss: 2011 is half over – which books, movies and tv shows lived up to the hype and are noteworthy and which have missed the mark? What did you love, what did you hate and why?

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 063): An Interview with Andrew P Mayer, Author of The Falling Machine

In episode 63 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester sits down with Andrew P. Mayer, Author of The Falling Machine: The Society of Steam Book One published by PYR.

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Interactive SciFi and Fantasy Convention Map for 2011

Looking for a convention near you? A place to hang out and get your SciFi on in 2011?

So was I. Locus Online has a great resource for just such a situation. So does Wikipedia. But they don’t really give you a sense of where the cons are in relation to you.

So I built a Convention Map using Google’s My Places feature

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 062): An Interview with Laura Resnick, Author of the Esther Diamond Series

In episode 62 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester sits down with Laura Resnick, author of the Esther Diamond series published by DAW.

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Summer Reading Programs – Free Books for Kids!

This summer, major retailers Barnes & Noble and Borders are offering free books to get kids to read…

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Podcast (Episode 061): Science Fiction Role Playing Games We Love and Hate

In episode 61 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks the panel: Science Fiction Role Playing Games – what have you played, what do you like, what do you hate?

This episode features our Summer of Scifi Trivia Contest Question!

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 060): Lou Anders Chats with David S. Goyer and Michael Cassutt, Authors of ‘Heaven’s Shadow’

In episode 60 of the SF Signal Podcast, we welcome guest interviewer Lou Anders, who sits down with David Goyer and Michael Cassutt to talk about their new book – Heaven’s Shadow!

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Podcast Episode #59 Extra: Science Fiction Series That Deserve the HBO Treatment – The Book List!

Rene Sears rocks! She put together this list of the books mentioned in the ‘What Science Fiction Series Deserves the HBO 10-Episode-Per-Book Treatment?‘ episode of the SF Signal podcast. Thanks Rene!!!

Click through to see the list with links!

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 059): What Science Fiction Series Deserves the HBO 10-Episode-Per-Book Treatment?

In episode 59 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks the panel: What Scifi Series/novel would you like to see get the HBO, 10 episodes per book, treatment?

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 058): An Interview with Stina Leicht, Author of ‘Of Blood and Honey’

In episode 58 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester sits down with Stina Leicht, author of the novel Of Blood and Honey.

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DVD REVIEW: Green Lantern – Emerald Knights

Hey you poozers, the latest in the Warner Brothers / DC Animated movies, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, tells five stories from the Green Lantern Corps, the intergalactic police force based on the planet OA, who defend our universe one sector at a time. It features legendary Lanterns like Hal Jordan, Sinestro, Mogo, Abin Sur and Kilowog, this DVD details the history of the Corps, as written in the Book of OA, and told to the Corps newest recruit, Arisia. (This is a review of the single disc DVD edition of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.)

Krona, OA’s greatest enemy, is reaching out from the Anti-Matter universe, to attack OA and the Corps. Arisia, a new recruit, is understandably nervous. She has only held the ring a few days, and never dreamed that her first days would be preparing for war. Hal Jordan, assigned to mentor her into the Corps, knows that he has to prepare her for what’s to come.

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