In episode 254 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester brings together Gail Carriger, Jay Garmon, Derek Austin Johnson, and Michael R. Underwood to discuss:

Does the average book buyer/reader care about the Hachette v Amazon battle? SHOULD they care and why?

The average book buyer probably doesn’t know there’s a battle going on, so WHY should they care? WHY should they not? Is this whole thing contained within the SF&F community and, therefore, a non-issue for most people? Hachette is a multi-billion dollar company being portrayed as the innocent underdog – why? Is that accurate? Is there anyone beyond authors who will truly be hurt by all of this? What does all of this mean for the average reader going forward? What does all of this mean for authors going forward? What about independent publishing? Will people be people an buy their books wherever they want no matter what happens here?

This is also only the first of several battles to come. The publishers have to renegotiate with Amazon one by one… so will we be seeing this every couple months/years forever?

Lastly – what about the new Kindle Unlimited? Do we care? Is it good, bad, indifferent?

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A.M. Dellamonica, author of Child of a Hidden Sea, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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Jill Archer on The Functional Nerds Podcast

Jill Archer, author of White Heart of Justice, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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In episode 252 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester and Jaym Gates, welcome Jason Batt, Tansy Raynor Roberts, Daniel Abraham, Stephen Hood and Derek Kunsken to discuss:

Hollywood gold or disaster, Space Opera has inspired millions with a love of adventure, the wide open spaces between the stars, and impossible civilizations. But it also has a lot to say about human resilience, and the social and political ramifications of other species.

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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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Jeff Salyards, author of Veil of the Deserters, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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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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This is my third installment of my Best Podcast Fiction of All Time List, covering #21-30. You can find #41-50 here and #31-40 here.  This is the middle list of the five pack–just two more to go!  I hope some of you are tuning in and listening to them all–would make for an epic road trip (though many of the stories are not suitable for children so probably not a whole family road trip).

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In episode 251 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author, Aaron Michael Ritchey live from the 2014 Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

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

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In episode 250 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Gail Carriger, and Chuck Wendig discuss writing, conventions, the genre fiction bubble and more.

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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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This is my second installment of my Best Podcast Fiction of All Time List, covering #31-40. You can find #41-50 here. The list is picked from thousands of episodes of the backlog of seventeen short fiction podcasts. There are many more episodes that I love, but these are the cream of the cream of the cream. All of the stories on this list are ones for which I have epic love, so it was a matter of trying to rank them based on fine gradations of that epic love.

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In episode 249 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author, Carol Berg live from the 2014 Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

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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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In episode 248 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Sarah Chorn, Paul Weimer, Fred Kiesche, Django Wexler, and Jeff Patterson, discuss a grab-bag of topics.

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Katherine Addison/Sarah Monette, author of The Goblin Emperor, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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In episode 247 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Carol Berg, Jim C. Hines, Chuck Wendig, and Amy Boggs, discuss Diversity in Genre Fiction.

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In episode 246 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author, Jim C. Hines live from the 2014 Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

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