Alan Dean Foster, author of Predators I Have Known, joins us to talk about meeting George Lucas, fixing bad movie scripts, and playing hide-and-seek with deadly otters.
Photograph by Mirek Srb/Shutterstock (Note: the actual otter who tangled with Foster was a lot more menacing in appearance.)
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!
Interview: Alan Dean Foster
1:18 Interview begins
1:23 Writing the novelization of Star Wars
3:42 Did Foster ever admit to writing it?
4:21 Why is he now allowed to talk about the novelization?
5:31 Writing the novelization of Alien without knowing what the alien looked like
6:26 Novelizations of bad movies
9:19 Improving Disney's The Black Hole
11:46 Foster's newest book, Predators I Have Known
12:27 What are some of the most dangerous animals Foster's encountered?
15:00 Piranha-eating otters?
18:54 How have Foster's encounters with wildlife influenced his fiction?
20:42 Over-population, Science Fiction and politics
22:40 What happened to Foster's story that was once considered for Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
24:53 Writing Blue Magic, a Fantasy novel taking place entirely underwater
28:06 The Human Blend and The Tipping Point Trilogy
30:32 New and upcoming projects from Foster
32:07 End of interview
Dave and John talk about Predators and Animal Stories
37:15 Would covering yourself in mud really make you invisible?
39:26 Predator 2
42:33 Alien vs. Predator
44:59 Jeff Vandermeer's Predator novel
45:22 Why won't Predators kill an unarmed opponent?
50:40 Animals and animal characters in Fantasy fiction
50:52 Brian Jacques' Redwall
52:17 Did Brian Jacques really meet Robert Stanek? Or was it all just photoshop "magic"?
54:43 The Secret of NIMH and Beverly Cleary's Ralph S. Mouse
56:20 Watership Down by Richard Adams
1:01:52 Do people hate "talking cat" stories?
1:03:05 The Ursa Major Award and "furries"
1:06:48 "Sergeant Chip" by Bradley Denton
1:08:17 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
1:09:52 Pet Sematary by Stephen King
1:10:02 "The Deathbird" and "A Boy and his Dog" by Harlan Ellison
1:12:18 Tails of Wonder and Imagination, edited by Ellen Datlow
1:12:29 "The Disciple" by David Barr Kirtley
1:13:56 "You can do anything to human beings, nobody cares. But anything happens to a cat, boy, you're going to hear about it."
1:14:15 "Beautyland" by Gene Wolfe
1:16:00 Show wrap-up
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.
Snownotes compiled by podtern Aidan Moher