Simon Pegg is a Nerd-Do-Well in Episode 39 of The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy

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Simon Pegg, star of Shaun of the Dead and Star Trek, joins us to discuss his new memoir, his upcoming films, and the interpersonal dynamics of killing your zombie stepdad.

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 Simon Pegg (1:27)

Topics covered: Velvet Thunder, Simon's fiction, a happy childhood, aliens, Marxism and Star Wars, Nick Frost, Shaun of the Dead, zombies, Scotty, Tintin, Mission Impossible, genuine jeopardy, repeating yourself, A Fantastic Fear of Everything

Part 2: Dave and John Discuss Funny Fantasy & Science Fiction (27:42)

Topics covered: Robert Asprin's Myth series, puns, Piers Anthony's Xanth series, Craig Shaw Gardner, The Kirk Poland Memorial Competition, The Eye of Argon, Terry Pratchett's Discworld, Phule's Company, Bill the Galactic Hero, an editor's perspective on humor, John Scalzi, Christopher Moore, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, Jasper Fforde, the rise and fall of funny fantasy, parodies and popularity, other recommendations

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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.

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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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DISCUSSION

dustinltabor
Dustin L. Tabor

I read Robert Asprin's 'Myth' books when I was a teenager and enjoyed them, but I tired of them after about the fifth book. I don't remember why exactly just that something about the formula had changed and I didn't find it as interesting. I may have to take them out and have a look again. As far as Discworld, It's my favorite book series. Even though it's a long series I recommend reading it from the start. With the first two it's kind of necessary as the second book is a direct sequel to the first. The subsequent books are episodic in nature, mostly featuring different sets of recurring characters, and tight plots that are tidily resolved by the end of the book. They do all share the same universe, characters frequently crossover and there are a few recurring characters like Death that appear in most books. There are things that evolve though, like the city of Ankh Morpork becoming more multicultural, and the progression from medieval fantasy (a la Tolkien) to a world that uses a lot of modern technologies from the printing press, to movie cameras, to a rudimentary internet using semaphore, and even a magic computer. Pratchett tends to do a good job of recapping events and how different devices are used but one may find it confusing if reading it too far out of order, and I find it more satisfying to know what's being referenced because I read the story it happened in. I also found it enjoyable to watch Pratchett's progression as a writer since the earlier books start off as parody of the genre and morph and grow into a humorous fantasy universe of it's own.