Who Are the Functional Nerds?
John Anealio: Co-Host, Musician, Functional Nerd
John Anealio writes songs about science fiction and fantasy. Alternate-tuned acoustic guitar picking, soaring synthesizers, and catchy pop hooks power his odes to androids, princesses, and vampires. He posts said songs, along with remixes and podcasts, as free MP3 downloads to his blog, http://scifisongs.blogspot.com/ every week (or so). Anealio’s ascent to Sci-Fi music super-stardom began on that fateful day when he composed a catchy tune to John DeNardo’s (SF Signal’s poet laureate) lyrical tribute to Summer Glau. The sheet music to his song “The Ballad of Wilson Cole” appears in the appendix of Mike Resnick’s novel: Starship: Flagship published by Pyr.
Patrick Hester: Co-Host, Author, Blogger, Functional Nerd & So-So Guitar Player
Patrick Hester is an author, blogger, podcaster and functional nerd who hangs out and publishes his stuff at his blog, ‘All things from my brain’ over atwww.atfmb.com and on his twitter feed at twitter.com/atfmb. Patrick’s goal is to be a published author someday. He currently publishes a serialized science fiction story called Evermist on his website while toiling away with the usual submission process for unrepresented authors. His professional life is often odd and chaotic; having had so many different responsibilities and positions throughout the years, from tech/IT to marketing to sales, he can pretty much do whatever needs to get done – this, and the fact that he loves science fiction and fantasy, has led his bosses past and present to christen him as a ‘functional nerd’…