Brian Selznick Unleashes Lightning and Automatons in Episode 51 of The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy

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.

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 Brian Selznick (2:38)

Topics covered: The Invention of Hugo Cabret, illustrations, audio adaptation, the life of director George Melies, automatons, the Hugo film adaptation, Selznick on set, Wonderstruck, influences on the book, deaf culture, upcoming projects

Part 2: Guest Geek Matt London joins us for Part 1 of our discussion of upcoming SF/Fantasy movies based on books (22:12)

Topics covered: Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin, getting into Ender's head, changes Hollywood always wants, Peter and Valentine, Dave and politics, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Gavin Hood, imagining the promos, violence and nudity, zero gravity combat in movies, the giant's game, sequels, Disney's John Carter, Avatar, a slew of directors, uneasy about the trailer, changes from the book, removing "of Mars" from the title, Under the Moons of Mars edited by John Joseph Adams, The Hobbit trailer, "biggest Lord of the Rings ripoff ever," Martin Freeman, 48 frames per second, cartoon vs. live action, which material will this movie include, Benedict Cumberbatch, style too similar to Lord of the Rings?


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 and publisher of Lightspeed 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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