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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MIND MELD: Where Would You Take the T.A.R.D.I.S.?

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It was the recent Mind Meld on Favorite Convention Panels, combined with the romance of the phrase “All of time and space. Everything that ever happened or ever will…,” that inspired me to ask our panelists this question:

Q: If you could take one trip in the T.A.R.D.I.S., where would you go?

Here’s what they said:
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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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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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New eBook: “Cahill’s Homecoming” by Patrick Hester

Now available is the ebook novella Cahill’s Homecoming written by none other than our own Patrick Hester!

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MIND MELD: Current SF/F TV Shows We Are Watching

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This week we asked our panelists the following questions:

Q: What SF/F shows are you currently watching? Is there a show, or shows, that you think more people should watch and why?

Several people bowed out citing the fact they don’t watch TV, or even have a TV (which is laudable yet amazing). I think that’s an indictment on the current state of SF/F on TV…

Here is what they said:

Terry Weyna
Terry Weyna blogs for Fantasy Literature, and is particularly engaged with her Magazine Monday column there, in which she reviews short fiction.

I’m enjoying Once Upon a Time. I do wish ABC weren’t using so much of the Disneyfied characters, though; when Mulan showed up recently, I groaned. I’ve also been known to watch Grimm, though I still have a bunch of episodes from last season on my DVR, waiting for me to get to them. I’m tempted to give 666 Park Avenue a try as well.
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This week’s short and sweet question:

Q: What book(s) in your ‘to read’ pile are you most interested in reading? Why?

Here’s what our panelists said…

Patrick Hester
Patrick Hester is an author, blogger and Hugo-nominated Podcast producer/host who lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy, and can usually be found hanging out on his Twitter feed. His Functional Nerds and SF Signal weekly podcasts have both been nominated for Parsec awards, and the SF Signal podcast is nominated for a 2012 Hugo Award. He writes for atfmb.com, SF Signal, KirkusReviews and Functional Nerds.


This one is easy. Doctor Who: Shada: The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams (novelized by Gareth Roberts). There is an old saying; you never forget your first Doctor. For me, that Doctor was Tom Baker, good ol’ Number Four. Once described by Number Two (or Three, I forget) as ‘curly hair and teeth’, the Fourth Doctor was the first for me. I watched episodes of Doctor Who on the local PBS station. Despite bad special effects that turned most of my friends off immediately, I quickly became hooked on this TimeLord from the planet Galifrey who traveled in a blue box with a robot dog who called him ‘Master’ and sported a multi-colored collar matching the Doctor’s own ridiculously long scarf. (I still want one of those scarves…)

It wasn’t until I moved deeper into fandom, attending conventions where people were selling Japanese Anime (I’d never seen the likes of before!), VHS copies of shows from over seas (like Doctor Who, UFO, The Avengers), and bootleg copies of STUFF (I SWEAR I DIDN’T INHALE!), that I became aware of certain things regarding the good Doctor. (this was before the Interwebz.) Things like: many episodes were lost to time when the BBC ‘cleaned house’ destroying video tapes and film libraries. And, there was a ‘lost episode’ from the Tom Baker years. Written by Douglas The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Adams himself, no less.

The story went that they began filming Shada, meant to be the final serial of the 1979-80 season, when a strike hit the BBC. That strike killed production and they never finished filming. There was an attempt to revisit the script and complete the filming, but it never came to fruition. Why? No idea. The producer, John Nathan-Turner, did manage to release a version of it on VHS a decade later, but never as part of the televised series.

Side Note: for the anniversary special The Five Doctors, Tom Baker declined to participate, so footage of the Fourth Doctor and Romana II from the Shada episode, were used (you might remember the Doctor and Romana boarding a gondola and becoming ‘stuck’ out of time).

Side Note 2: In the Key to Time DVD’s (I think), there’s a bonus feature – an episode of Blue Peter (BBC children’s show) shot on the sets of Doctor Who. They were forced to shoot the show there due to yet another strike affecting the BBC. Given the set they were using, they had a very Doctor Who-centric episode.

A few years back, another version of the story was done, this time an animated Flash serial with Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor in the lead (yes, the guy from the Fox version/movie). I watched the 1st episode. Meh.

But now, Ace has released a novelization putting Shada squarely back into the Fourth’s Doctor’s Continuity. 400 pages of Classic Who goodness…
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MIND MELD: Genre Crossovers We’d Love to See

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From Jason and the Argonauts to Avengers Assemble, crossovers have brought the best of genres together in unexpected and pleasing ways. Instead of asking this week’s panelists what their favorite crossover is, I wanted them to share some of their own creations. So I asked them:

Q: If you had the liberty to do so, what genre figures would you crossover in a book, show or film?

Here’s what they said…

Tansy Rayner Roberts
Tansy Rayner Roberts is the author of Power and Majesty, The Shattered City and Reign of Beasts, a fantasy series about flappers, shape-changers and bloodthirsty court politics. She recently released a short fiction collection, Love and Romanpunk, from Twelfth Planet Press. She just received her first Hugo nomination for the Galactic Suburbia podcast. You can find Tansy on Twitter as @tansyrr and at her blog.

My first thought was that I want to see the universes of Blake’s 7 and Futurama collide because I think my head would explode with fannish glee.

Then there’s all the delicious possibilities from the Doctor Who universe, though sadly most of the crossovers I would love to see involve actors that are dead, or well past the age to convincingly play the part on screen.

But actually what I most crave is a colossal superhero comics crossover, with She-Hulk, Emma Frost, Black Widow, Spider-Girl and Kitty Pryde teaming up with Black Canary, Batwoman and the Batgirls, Wonder Woman and Power Girl, with Xena and Starbuck thrown in for good measure.

Together, they fight crime.

In space.

And then someone makes a movie about it.

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