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.

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The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy is hosted by John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley.

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This episode includes:

Part 1: Interview with Daniel Abraham (1:10)

Topics covered: Adapting George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones into graphic novel format, collaborating with other authors, the advantages of pseudonyms, writing the short stories "Flat Diane" and "The Cambist and Lord Iron," getting interested in economics, Daniel's new novel The Dragon's Path, bankers: heroes or villains?, money is magic, worldbuilding, upcoming projects.

Part 2: Dave and John Discuss HBO's new series Game of Thrones (30:30)

Topics covered: HBO's big marketing push, embarrassingly unprofessional reviews by Troy Patterson and Ginia Bellafante, Episode 1, The first twelve minutes, exposition for newcomers, casting choices, the Dothraki language, the portrayal of the Dothraki, boob shots and sex, Episode 2, too much material to fit?, are the villains loathsome enough?, dream sequences, cutting controversial moments, stuff in Episode 1 we just noticed, George R. R. Martin vs. LOST, Weiss and Benioff know the ending, the direwolves, left-handed Arya.

Thanks for listening!

John Joseph Adams is an anthologist, a writer, and a geek. He is the bestselling editor of the anthologies Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, The Living Dead, The Living Dead 2, By Blood We Live, Federations, The Way of the Wizard, and The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Forthcoming anthologies include Armored (Baen, 2012) and The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination (Tor, 2012). He is a 2011 Hugo Award-nominee for Best Editor (Short Form), his books have been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, and he has been called "the reigning king of the anthology world" by Barnes & Noble.com. He is also the editor of Lightspeed Magazine and Fantasy Magazine. Find him on Twitter @johnjosephadams.

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.

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