Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror, joins us this week on io9's Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast to talk about literal and metaphorical monsters, and growing up transgender.
Falcon Quinn book cover illustration by Brandon Dorman.
The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy is hosted by John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley.
Read on for this episode's fabulous SHOW NOTES!
Interview: Jennifer Finney Boylan
1:24 Interview begins
1:30 Playing Girl Planet as a child
2:38 Space Travel and Space Exploration as a National Obsession and a venue to allowing Boylan to explore herself as a child
3:28 A character in The Planets who secretly dresses up as a wizard
6:28 Was Boylan ever afraid of giving away her secrets when writing and publishing as a man?
9:27 Richard Russo's character: Professor Phineas "Finny" Coomb
11:15 Being a character on Saturday Night Live
13:20 Having a powerful emotional reaction to The Fellowship of the Ring movie
16:18 Boylan's contribution to It Gets Better
18:47 Boylan's I'm Looking Through You, a memoir about growing up in a haunted house
21:40 Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror, Boylan's most recent novel
25:32 What's wrong with a Wereturtle?
27:29 The Halloween readings at Colby College with Professor Bassett
29:58 The strange anti-gravity stone on Colby College campus
31:46 The sequel to Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror and Boylan's other future projects
33:31 End of interview
Dave and John talk about monsters
34:24 Wicked by Gregory McGuire and the difference between monsters and villains
35:54 Dave meets Gregory McGuire and the cast of the stage adaptation of Wicked
37:07 Incorporating music in novels and reading
40:05 Was The Lord of the Rings unfair to the Orcs?
41:01 Phantasie for the PC
42:22 Throne of Bones by Brian McNaughton
42:57 Orcs by Stan Nicholls
44:15 Dungeon Keeper
45:17 Mail Order Monsters
45:51 Inspired by a quote, Dave creates a monster creation simulator and the limits of human creativity and imagination
48:55 Dave has a pop-quiz for John! This time: the Monsters of Dungeons & Dragons
59:23 Want some sympathetic monsters? Monsters Inc. delivers.
59:58 John Milton's Paradise Lost and the allure of a villainous character
1:03:00 We are the orcs
1:03:38 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
1:07:25 Author-preferred editions of novels
1:08:49 My Demon Lover
1:09:55 John's review of Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror
1:10:22 The Tiptree Award
1:14:21 Show wrap-up
Thanks for listening!
John Joseph Adams is an anthologist, a writer, and a geek. He is the bestselling editor of the anthologies By Blood We Live, Federations, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Living Dead (a World Fantasy Award finalist), Seeds of Change, andWastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse. His most recent books are The Living Dead 2 and The Way of the Wizard, and he is currently assembling several other anthologies, including Brave New Worlds and The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination. Barnes & Noble.com named him "the reigning king of the anthology world," and his books have been named to numerous best of the year lists. In addition to his anthology work, he worked for more than eight years as an editor at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction,and is currently the editor of Lightspeed Magazine and Fantasy Magazine.
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.
Snownotes compiled by podtern Aidan Moher