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.

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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 Richard Dawkins (1:43)

Topics covered: The Magic of Reality, mythology, illustrations, rights of parents vs. rights of children, scientific controversies, gay genes, molecular genetics, the use of sex, meeting Douglas Adams, meeting Lalla Ward, appearing with Douglas Adams, favorite science fiction authors, writing science fiction, hybridizing humans and chimps, Jurassic Park, facing off with weirdos, Republican presidential candidates, convert's corner, the Richard Dawkins Foundation, website, activism, Magic of Reality app

Part 2: Dave and John Discuss Atheism and Science Fiction (36:51)

Topics covered: Beware of science fiction!, fantasy & science fiction authors who are religious, religion and science fiction panel, fantasy writers vs. science fiction writers on religion, the Bible as a fantasy novel, religious characters in fantasy, fantasy gods that don't require faith, gods in Song of Ice and Fire, Greek-style gods vs. Judeo-Christian-style gods, gods with human bodies, the universe made for us, Galactus, how Dave and John became atheists, society without religion in Hominids, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass movie

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 Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom (Simon & Schuster, 2012), 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 & 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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