Archive for 2010

The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast, Episode 2: Bacigalupilooza!

Paolo Bacigalupi
Paolo Bacigalupi

You don’t want to miss this week’s interview with Paolo Bacigalupi, author of the critically-acclaimed The Windup Girl, which was named one of Time Magazine’s top ten novels of the year. Paolo talks to us about global warming, the horrors of travel, the current state of literature for boys, and his own forthcoming YA novel, Ship Breaker. John and Dave discuss their own experiences with literature when they were growing up, and how they became science fiction fans.

Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast, episode 2: Bacigalupilooza!

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HOUR OF THE WOLF appearance, featuring a reading of “Dynamics of a Hanging” by Tony Pi

Hour of the Wolf
Hour of the Wolf

I was a guest on the HOUR OF THE WOLF radio show this morning, during which I discussed Lightspeed, The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, Sherlock Holmes, and other topics. If you missed it, or if you just loved it so much you want to listen to it again, you can do via the show’s web site. The show features Brilliance Audio’s production of “Dynamics of a Hanging” by Tony Pi (read by Simon Vance), which comes from the forthcoming unabridged audiobook version of the anthology.

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The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast, Episode 1: Zombies! Video Games! The End of the World!

I’m proud to announce the launch of THE GEEK’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY a non-fiction talk show podcast focusing on all things geeky.

Geeks have always loved what’s smart and fun – from fantasy literature, video games, and graphic novels, to science, technology, and gadgets. It’s never been a better time to be a geek, with Lord of the Rings sweeping the Oscars, iPods and iPhones in every pocket, and tales of wizards, vampires, and zombies dominating the bestseller lists. And now being a geek is about to get even better, with the launch of THE GEEK’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY podcast, the indispensable news and talk show for geeks everywhere.

John Joseph Adams
John Joseph Adams

Hosts John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley are two geeks who also happen to be rising young stars in the world of publishing. John, the editor of the bestselling anthologies WASTELANDS and THE LIVING DEAD and the new science fiction magazine LIGHTSPEED, has been called “the reigning king of the anthology world” and was nominated for the World Fantasy Award. David, who has been named “one of the newest and freshest voices in sf,” has published fiction in books such as FANTASY: THE BEST OF THE YEAR and NEW VOICES IN SCIENCE FICTION.

So if you’re a geek, be sure to join Dave and John each week for the smartest, funniest, and geekiest new show in the galaxy.

Each show will feature an interview with a geek celebrity from the world of publishing, movies, tv, video games…or any other geek worth talking to! In addition to the featured interview, hosts Dave and John

David Barr Kirtley
David Barr Kirtley

will discuss the various geeky topics brought up in the interview in further detail.

For more information about the show, or to subscribe to the podcast feed, visit

In our premier episode for, your hosts John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley take on zombies and the apocalypse in video games, popular culture, and literature. They discuss Valve Software‘s history of story-focused video games and interview Chet Faliszek, lead writer for Left 4 Dead 2, then discuss their own strategies for surviving the coming zombie apocalypse, and give their opinions of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

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Hugo Awards Nomination Period is Now Open

Hugo Award

This year’s Hugo Awards nomination ballot is now online. The 2010 Hugo Awards will be presented in Melbourne, Australia during Aussiecon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention. Deadline for nominating online is March 13, 2010 23:59 PST (paper ballots must be received by March 13).

Members of Aussiecon 4 who join by January 31, 2010 and members of Anticipation, the 67th World Science Fiction Convention, will be eligible to nominate people or works from 2009 in various categories.  If you didn’t attend Anticipation, and you don’t plan to attend Aussiecon, you can still nominate by purchasing a supporting membership.

Already registered? Go and nominate your favorite works!

Here’s a list of works I edited that are eligible in the various Hugo categories.


John Langan: “The Wide, Carnivorous Sky” (By Blood We Live)


John C. Wright: “Twilight of the Gods” (Federations)
Rob Rogers: “The Adventure of the Pirates of Devil’s Cape” (The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

Short Story

Alan Dean Foster: “Pardon Our Conquest” (Federations)
Allen Steele: “The Other Side of Jordan” (Federations)
Catherynne M. Valente: “Golubash, or Wine-Blood-War-Elegy” (Federations)
Genevieve Valentine: “Carthago Delenda Est” (Federations) [Read it free!]
Georgina Li: “Like They Always Been Free” (Federations)
James Alan Gardner: “The One with the Interstellar Group Consciousnesses” (Federations) [Read it free!]
Jeremiah Tolbert: “The Culture Archivist” (Federations) [Read it free!]
L. E. Modesitt, Jr.: “Life-Suspension” (Federations)
Mary Rosenblum: “My She” (Federations)
Sergei Lukyanenko: “Foxtrot at High Noon” (By Blood We Live)
S. L. Gilbow: “Terra-Exulta” (Federations)
Tempest Bradford: “Different Day” (Federations)
Trent Hergenrader: “Eskhara” (Federations)
Yoon Ha Lee: “Swanwatch” (Federations)

Editor, Short-Form

John Joseph Adams (Federations, By Blood We Live, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

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Volunteer Needed

I’m working on a podcast project that will be launching soon, and I’m looking for a volunteer who would be willing to listen to the show in advance of posting in order to jot down “show notes” — i.e., make note of the various topics discussed and at which time indexes they appear.

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