Genevieve Valentine, author of Mechanique, joins us to discuss Steampunk, circus performers, period costumes, and really, really bad movies.

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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 Genevieve Valentine (1:09)

Topics covered: Mechanique by Genevieve Valentine, developing the idea, researching circuses, the illustrations, parentheses, unpublished novels, short stories, movie costumes, bad movies, Jonah Hex, Sucker Punch, steampunk conventions, The Last Unicorn, Contact by Carl Sagan, Geek Wisdom, Catwoman.


Part 2: Dave and John Discuss Bad Fantasy & Science Fiction Movies (25:19)

Topics covered: The depressingly high number of bad fantasy & science fiction movies, John sees Battlefield: Earth opening night, A.I. melts Dave's brain, Dave's friends rebel after Lost in Space, The Omega Code audience wants to know what church you go to, Dave fails to convert his girlfriend to sf with Dracula 2000, the precipitous decline of M. Night Shyamalan, John walks out of Equilibrium, Dave's grandma walks out of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, action scene music video mashups, Dave requests an actor-free cut of Transformers 3, The Phantom Menace, does the internet warn people away from bad movies?, underrated movies, Dave pranks a roommate with Plan 9 From Outer Space, the I, Robot movie travesty, movies ruined by people talking in the theater, Batman and Robin, Chronicles of Riddick, Highlander 2, Ghost Rider, Nicholas Cage, Doomsday.

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 & 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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