Cherie Priest, author of Boneshaker, joins us to talk about Steampunk, theology, and Seattle's Underground in this rerun of episode 6 of The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy. Plus Dave and John talk Sherlock Holmes.
Art by Jon Foster
The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy is hosted by John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley.
Read on for this episode's fabulous SHOW NOTES! (Note: Show note time signatures may be slightly off, as the show was re-edited prior to rebroadcast—it's the director's cut! This episode originally aired on February 8, 2010, on Tor.com.)
0:00 Introduction by Tor.com
0:37 Dave and John introduce the show
01:23 The birth of Cyberpunk and Steampunk
Interview: Cherie Priest
04:43 Interview begins
05:00 On being an army brat
07:20 Growing up Goth
08:44 Coming to fantasy and science fiction via the 7th Day Adventists
11:34 Losing her religion
12:35 Early efforts in writing, the Four and Twenty Blackbirds debacle, and serendipity at Tor
16:05 Independent presses
16:55 The celebratory tattoo and being an amateur theologian
18:51 Family. Can't live with 'em, and you can't—no, that's all, really.
20:38 Cherie explains the Seattle Underground and Seattle's roles in her books
23:27 About Boneshaker.
23:58 Steampunk and zombie favorites: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (the comic,) World War Z, and more
25:38 On LARPing and costuming
26:42 Working on Fort Freak for George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards series
31:12 What's coming up next for Cherie: novella Clementine from Subterranean Press in May; Dreadnought from Tor this fall; a new Clockwork Century story for the Living Dead 2 anthology, and more
35:31 End interview
When you rule out the impossible, what's left is John and Dave talking about Sherlock Holmes
35:31 Cherie's example to kids in similar situations
39:28 League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, by Alan Moore
45:23 Sherlock Holmes
46:28 The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes anthology
48:16 Is the movie as much of a departure from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes as people seem to think?
01:05:42 Other recent versions of Sherlock Holmes
01:09:06 Show wrap-up: where to find more information if you're interested in Steampunk
Thanks for listening!
John Joseph Adams is an anthologist, a writer, and a geek. He is the bestselling editor of the anthologies By Blood We Live, Federations, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Living Dead (a World Fantasy Award finalist), Seeds of Change, andWastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse. His most recent books are The Living Dead 2 and The Way of the Wizard, and he is currently assembling several other anthologies, including Brave New Worlds and The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination. Barnes & Noble.com named him "the reigning king of the anthology world," and his books have been named to numerous best of the year lists. In addition to his anthology work, he worked for more than eight years as an editor at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction,and is currently the editor of Lightspeed Magazine and Fantasy Magazine.
David Barr Kirtley has published fiction in magazines such as Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, Lightspeed,Intergalactic Medicine Show, On Spec, and Cicada, and in anthologies such as New Voices in Science Fiction,Fantasy: The Best of the Year, and The Dragon Done It. Recently he's contributed stories to several of John's anthologies, including The Living Dead, The Living Dead 2, and The Way of the Wizard. He's attended numerous writing workshops, including Clarion, Odyssey, Viable Paradise, James Gunn's Center for the Study of Science Fiction, and Orson Scott Card's Writers Bootcamp, and he holds an MFA in screenwriting and fiction from the University of Southern California. He also teaches regularly at Alpha, a Pittsburgh-area science fiction workshop for young writers. He lives in New York.