13 Smart Podcasts That Will Feed Your Hunger for Knowledge and Ideas

Want to get smarter during your commute? There are a lot of fantastic podcasts that will teach you new things in a thoroughly entertaining way. Here are 13 podcasts that will expand your brain with cutting-edge science and cutlural analysis. » 4/15/13 10:12am 4/15/13 10:12am

Will we ever get to see any of Junot Díaz's unfinished science fiction…

You probably knew that literary superstar Junot Díaz is a big fan of science fiction and fantasy, but did you know he's written a couple of science fiction novels that never saw the light of day? Talking to Geeks' Guide to the Galaxy, Díaz explains that he wrote a far-future novel in the vein of Gene Wolfe, called … » 10/03/12 7:12pm 10/03/12 7:12pm

Brian Selznick Unleashes Lightning and Automatons in Episode 51 of The…

Brian Selznick, author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret (basis for the movie Hugo), joins us to discuss working with Martin Scorsese, interviewing Sacha Baron Cohen, and creating his new book Wonderstruck. » 1/10/12 9:30am 1/10/12 9:30am

Chuck Palahniuk is Damned in Episode 50 of The Geek’s Guide to the…

Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club and new novel Damned, joins us to discuss chatting with telemarketers, being appalled at Hollywood hypocrisy, and writing stories that make people faint dead away. » 12/05/11 11:40am 12/05/11 11:40am

R. A. Salvatore Battles Bullies in Episode 49 of The Geek’s Guide to…

R. A. Salvatore, creator of the popular Dungeons & Dragons character Drizzt Do'Urden, joins us to discuss breaking into novel writing, bullying, and why a city of evil elves is a lot like Middle School. » 11/17/11 12:20pm 11/17/11 12:20pm

Lev Grossman is King of the Magicians in Episode 48 of The Geek’s Guide…

Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians and The Magician King, joins us to discuss goofing on Narnia, reviewing for Time, and rebelling against your parents when you're 35. » 11/04/11 10:51am 11/04/11 10:51am

Neal Stephenson Farms Gold and Changes the World in Episode 47 of The…

Neal Stephenson, author of Snow Crash and Reamde, joins us to discuss farming gold, learning Western martial arts, and changing the world through science fiction. » 10/21/11 10:30am 10/21/11 10:30am

Richard Dawkins Tells All in Episode 46 of The Geek’s Guide to the…

Richard Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion, joins us to discuss working with Dave McKean, being friends with Douglas Adams, and whether or not a human can mate with a chimp. » 10/14/11 10:30am 10/14/11 10:30am

Jim Butcher Opens the Dresden Files in Episode 45 of The Geek’s Guide…

Jim Butcher, author of The Dresden Files and The Codex Alera series, joins us to discuss really bad ideas, tabletop gaming, and finding out that your dad is Rambo. » 9/30/11 2:07pm 9/30/11 2:07pm

Charlaine Harris Explores Love and Sex with Vampires in Episode 44 of…

Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, basis of the hit HBO series True Blood, joins us to discuss wrapping up the series, her oddest fans, and whether or not vampires poop. » 9/16/11 12:39pm 9/16/11 12:39pm

China Miéville Unleashes Linguistic Apocalypse in Episode 43 of The…

China Miéville, author of Perdido Street Station and The City & The City, joins us to discuss Dungeons & Dragons, international relations, and his recent science fiction novel Embassytown. » 9/02/11 7:40am 9/02/11 7:40am

Eoin Colfer Demolishes the Earth to Make Way for an Interstellar Bypass…

Eoin Colfer, author of And Another Thing, book six in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy, joins us to discuss working in the universe created by Douglas Adams. » 8/19/11 12:40pm 8/19/11 12:40pm

Daniel H. Wilson Unleashes Robopocalypse in Episode 41 of The Geek’s…

Daniel H. Wilson, author of Robopocalypse, joins us to discuss super intelligent AIs, working with Steven Spielberg, and how to survive a robot uprising. » 7/28/11 2:30pm 7/28/11 2:30pm

Genevieve Valentine Is Ringleader at the Clockwork Circus in Episode 40…

Genevieve Valentine, author of Mechanique, joins us to discuss Steampunk, circus performers, period costumes, and really, really bad movies. » 7/14/11 9:00am 7/14/11 9:00am

Simon Pegg is a Nerd-Do-Well in Episode 39 of The Geek’s Guide to the…

Simon Pegg, star of Shaun of the Dead and Star Trek, joins us to discuss his new memoir, his upcoming films, and the interpersonal dynamics of killing your zombie stepdad. » 6/30/11 9:00am 6/30/11 9:00am

Ken Denmead Is a Geek Dad in Episode 38 of The Geek’s Guide to the…

Ken Denmead, editor of Wired's Geek Dad blog, joins us to discuss Nerf weaponry, the balloon boy hoax, and how to raise the next generation of mad scientists. » 6/16/11 7:30am 6/16/11 7:30am

Ellen Kushner Opens the Way to Bordertown in Episode 37 of The Geek's…

Ellen Kushner, fantasy author and radio personality, joins us to discuss the Borderland shared-world anthology series and whether or not your cell phone will work on the outskirts of Faerie. » 6/02/11 4:30pm 6/02/11 4:30pm

Blake Charlton Performs Magic and Medicine on Episode 8 of The Geek's…

Blake Charlton, author of Spellwright, joins us to talk about fantasy, dyslexia, and medical school. Plus, Dave and John discuss magic and medicine in fiction. » 5/27/11 12:30pm 5/27/11 12:30pm

Mary Roach Explores the Gross Side of Space Travel in Episode 36 of…

Mary Roach, author of the popular science books Stiff, Bonk, Spook, and Packing for Mars, joins us to discuss explosive flatus, brawling in zero-g, and why aging deaf-mute eunuchs make the best astronauts. » 5/12/11 9:00am 5/12/11 9:00am

Daniel Abraham Calculates the Economics of Fantasy in Episode 35 of The…

Daniel Abraham, author of the new epic fantasy novel The Dragon's Path, joins us to discuss the advantages of pseudonyms, the economics of fantasy kingdoms, and writing the graphic novel adaptation of George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones. » 4/28/11 9:00am 4/28/11 9:00am