Last week over on the Functional Nerds podcast, John Anealio and I had a chance to shoot the shit with Andrew Liptak (; blogger and military historian – among many other things.

His take on what is and what isn’t military scifi is an interesting one.  For example, he considers the original Dune to be a piece of military scifi whereas I would consider it to fall within the scifi-opera category given it’s massive amount of world building, political intrigue and religious undertones.

Unfortunately, maybe two thirds of the way into our discussion, we lost Andrew.  Skype still showed him online for a bit but we couldn’t connect and then he just vanished.  He sent me a message via twitter that his network had gone down, so I guess it really isn’t Skype’s fault.  Believe me though, Skype, even if it is a really powerful and convenient little tool, has it’s rough spots.

One of the things John and I have noticed, which you never hear on the podcast of course, is that around 55 minutes into a conversation, one of us will go Cylon; it really does sound like you are a Cylon – the old, toaster models, not the new, sleek, hot ones.  Disconnecting doesn’t do a thing.  You can hang up your call, call the person back and the Cyloning, as we’ve come to call it, will continue.  The only thing you can do is stay quiet for about a minute or two and then it will go away all on it’s own.

Really strange.

Anyway, what time we did have with Andrew was fascinating stuff.  Not just military scifi, we also touched on the future of NASA.  After we lost Andrew, John and I continued to chat about other things as always happens when you get us chatting.

Episode 11 of the Functional Nerds – you should check it out.