Ellen Kushner, fantasy author and radio personality, joins us to discuss the Borderland shared-world anthology series and whether or not your cell phone will work on the outskirts of Faerie.

Art from the Bordertown anthology by Steve Stone.

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 Ellen Kushner (1:26)

Topics covered: The origins of Bordertown, the impact of Bordertown, dealing with our quickly changing world, keeping the details consistent, poetry and music, fan participation, collaboration, writing LGBT characters, changes in the fantasy field, audio projects, funding public radio, the Interstitial Arts foundation


Part 2: Dave and John Discuss Anti-Fantasy Bias (34:24)

Topics covered: People who "don't read that stuff," similar prejudices, English professors, Game of Thrones vs. Rome, Shakespeare, "genre fiction" and "realistic fiction," religion & mythology, escapism, bias within the fantasy field, implausible premises and profound questions, elf intolerance, moral ambiguity, the "farmboy defeats the Dark Lord" trope, Dragonlance, boys not reading, the benefits of mental flexibility and heroic role models

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 The New Adventures of John Carter of Mars (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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