Catherynne M. Valente is a mythpunk in Episode 23 of The Geek's Guide to the Galaxyjohnjosephadams10/20/10 11:30amFiled to: PodcastGeeks guide to the galaxyGeeksguideJohn joseph adamsBooksDavid barr kirtleyTop381EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink Catherynne M. Valente, author of Palimpsest (a finalist for the Hugo Award), joins us this week on io9's Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast to discuss mythpunk, sexually-transmitted cities, Prester John, and pulp era visions of Mars and Venus.AdvertisementArt by M.W. KalutaThe Geek's Guide to the Galaxy is hosted by John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley.Click to viewAdvertisementYou can download the MP3 for this episode here, subscribe to The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast feed here, and browse other episodes here.Read on for this episode's fabulous SHOW NOTES!0:00 Intro MusicAdvertisementSponsored0:25 Host introductions0:55 A bit of business about the podcast. We now have a website.Interview: Catherynne M. Valente4:53 Cat talks about some of her favorite books from her childhood: D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths, The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, Seaward by Susan Cooper, Plato's Republic, Waiting for Godot6:26 The humble origins of the "mythpunk" subgenre. Cat recommends Theodora Goss and Seanan McGuireAdvertisement8:35 Sexually transmitted cities and the inspiration behind Cat's novel Palimpsest10:31 Why Cat chose to crowdsource her book The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own MakingAdvertisement12:51 Cat's blog is the portal through which everything comes into her world14:04 Collaborations with singer/songwriter S. J. Tucker. Includes aerial performers!Advertisement15:34 Speculative poetry. Cat recommends Diane Wakoski (Medea the Sorceress), Amal El-Mohtar, Claire Cooney, Nicole Kornher-Stace, and Jessica Wick16:58 The all-night reading of the Illiad that changed the course of Cat's life18:25 Medieval color theory! Why is the green knight green?Advertisement20:45 Dos and don'ts of writing sex scenes22:55 Editing Apex MagazineAdvertisement24:31 Love letters to pulp-era Mars and Venus: "How to Become a Mars Overlord" in Lightspeed and "The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew" in Clarkesworld26:01 Are these stories "real science fiction"?Advertisement27:31 Aliens, Robots, Spaceships! Asimov obsession. Cat recommends "The Child Empress of Mars" by Theodora Goss28:28 The medieval legend of Prester John31:04 The challenge of adapting the legend into the novel The Habitation of the BlessedAdvertisement32:32 Upcoming releases: Ventriloquism (short story collection), Deathless (novel), and the print version of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own MakingDave and John talk Ancient Rome, Young Authors, and Pulp-Era Visions of Mars and VenusAdvertisement34:33 How one night with a goat can change your whole life35:05 Dave recommends Mike Duncan's History of Rome podcast and talks about the hilarious death of the emperor NeroAdvertisement36:52 John recommends Spartacus: Blood and Sand for its realistic depiction of the blood-carrying capacity of ancient peoples39:21 Dave and John make plans to stay up all night and read Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination and engage in cannibalism40:23 John's sadly never-published anthology Twenty by TwentiesAdvertisement41:40 The glacial pace of publishing and why all the "new young authors" are over 3044:18 Opportunities for Young Writers: The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and The Dell Magazines Award. Dave's Resources for Teen WritersAdvertisement47:12 Pulp magazine visions of Mars and Venus48:32 Andrew Stanton's upcoming 2012 feature film version of A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice BurroughsAdvertisement49:51 John's survey of science fiction about Mars for the Internet Review of Science Fiction51:03 Previous attempts to film the John Carter stories52:57 Mark Atkins' supposedly terrible film Princess of MarsAdvertisement54:01 Bridging the gap between old Mars and new: "The First Mars Mission" by Robert F. Young54:43 Roger Zelazny's take on pulp-era Mars and Venus: "A Rose for Ecclesiastes" and "The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth." Read them in the new NESFA press 6-volume set The Collected Stories of Roger ZelaznyAdvertisement57:23 Martian Quest, the Mars stories of Leigh Brackett58:19 Pulp-era Mars and Venus live onAdvertisement59:42 Dave reads a brief section of Catherynne M. Valente's "The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew"101:06 Show wrap-upThanks 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 fiction editor of Lightspeed 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.AdvertisementAdvertisementFriend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. If you enjoy the show, please consider making a donation via PayPal.