Daniel H. Wilson, author of Robopocalypse, joins us to discuss super intelligent AIs, working with Steven Spielberg, and how to survive a robot uprising.

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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 Daniel H. Wilson (1:38)

Topics covered: Developing an interest in robotics, how to fight a robot, what makes Robopocalypse new and different, real-life robots, humanoid robots in war, robots as safe consumer products, working with Steven Spielberg, is Robopocalypse a horror novel?, the Terminator movies, writing a super-intelligent AI character, a real-life robot uprising, robots as spouses, favorite fictional robots, recent developments in robotics, robots writing novels, Daniel's stories in John's anthologies Armored and The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination, upcoming projects

Part 2: Dave and John Discuss the Terminator Movies (45:45)

Topics covered: Growing up with Terminator & Terminator 2, Terminator: Salvation is really forgettable, idiot plots, paradoxes, inconsistent rules for time travel, protagonists who don't do technobabble, standard operating procedure for Terminators, the T-1000's lost impersonation opportunities, T-1000 nitpicks, putting laser guns inside animals, how and when are the T-1000 and T-X sent back in time, the lack of imagination in Terminator 3, the death of John Connor, why doesn't future John Connor tell them how it all went down, the Terminator's counter-productive proclivity for violence, the terminator's strange lack of knowledge, fond Terminator memories, Terminator 3's grim ending, demystifying John Connor, does Terminator create a morality-free zone?


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 & 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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