John Mierau on The Functional Nerds Podcast

John Mierau, author and editor of The Flames Anthology, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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James S.A. Corey on The Functional Nerds Podcast!

James S.A. Corey, author of Cibola Burn, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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Rachel Bach on The Functional Nerds Podcast

Rachel Bach, author of Heaven’s Queen, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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Brian McClellan on The Functional Nerds Podcast

Brian McClellan, author of The Crimson Campaign, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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Linda Nagata on The Functional Nerds Podcast

Linda Nagata, author of The Red: First Light, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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Storium creator, Stephen Hood joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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Engadget’s Sarah Silbert on The Functional Nerds Podcast

Sarah Silbert, Senior Editor for Engadget, 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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Listen to Matt Wallace on The Functional Nerds Podcast

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 on The Functional Nerds Podcast

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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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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INTERVIEW: John Anealio on SF Music, the Musical Creative Process and More

John Anealio writes songs about science fiction and fantasy and other geeky things. Alternate-tuned acoustic guitar picking, soaring synthesizers, and catchy pop hooks power his odes to androids, princesses, and vampires. His newest album, available on his website JohnAnealio.com as well as iTunes is the Chuck Wendig named album Laser Zombie Robot Love. He also recently released a free single to commemorate the fall of Felix Baumgartner from space to the ground. He is the co-creator and co-host of The Functional Nerds and has come up with theme songs for a variety of other podcasts as well, including the one for the SF Signal podcast.

I decided to sit down with John to learn more about him and his writing and creative process…


Paul Weimer: Laser Zombie Robot Love is your newest album. But where did the idea of doing geeky songs, as opposed to, say, covers or homages to Rush or Emerson Lake and Palmer come from?

John Anealio: For years, I was a straight-up folk/pop singer/songwriter. My songs were about relationships and other typical subject matter. As my writing grew, I started to write about all kinds of things. The first CD that I put out as a typical singer/songwriter included a song about vampires and one titled Orbit. At one point, I decided to focus my writing on subjects that would appeal to genre fans and tech geeks. Part of the idea behind this stemmed from my then, new found interest in blogs and podcasts. I was reading all of these Sci-Fi review blogs and I thought if I wrote songs inspired by the books that these folks were reviewing, then they’d probably enjoy them and maybe even spread the word about them. That was the start and it pretty much worked. However, it quickly changed to writing about all different subjects and themes within the genre, not just about specific Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books.

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In episode 148 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester sits down to chat with Singer/Songwriter John Anealio

About John Anealio:

With little more than an alternate-tuned acoustic guitar and a dog-eared copy of The Hobbit, Sci-Fi Songwriter John Anealio composes and performs geeky anthems for writers, librarians, lovers of Science Fiction, Best Buy customers, and robots. His music sounds like John Mayer, Weezer, and James Taylor playing Dungeons and Dragons together on their iPhones. He is the Co-Host of The Functional Nerds Podcast

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