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Marjorie M. Liu Loves Mermen in Episode 4 of The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy

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Marjorie M. Liu, writer of Dark Wolverine and the Dirk and Steele novels, stops by to talk about writing for comics and blending romance and SF in this rerun of Episode Four of The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy.


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The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy is hosted by John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley.


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Read on for this episode's fabulous SHOW NOTES! (Note: Show note time signatures may me slightly off, as the show was re-edited prior to this rebroadcast — it's the director's cut! This episode originally aired on January 25, 2010 on

0:38 Dave and John introduce the show

Interview: Marjorie M. Liu

00:45 About Marjorie M. Liu

02:00 Interview begins

02:14 Early influences and the decision to write full time

05:38 On her first novel, Tiger Eye, being turned into a video game by Passion Fruit Games


06:27 On leaving law for fiction

08:03 About the Dirk and Steele and Hunter Kiss series

12:35 Asia, science, and seeing the world through the eyes of a traveller

14:34 The state of science fiction and fantasy in China

17:21 On fan fiction

18:58 Writing for Marvel Comics

21:26 Clarion Writers Workshop

23:16 Current favorite authors, and meeting Robert Jordan

25:02 What's out and what's next: novel A Wild Life, a short story in the upcoming anthology With Great Power, and a new Dirk and Steele novel, Stars Below


26:34 Upcoming comics and Dark Wolverine

29:41 The Five Cat Death Squad and a taxi service for poodles

31:29 End of interview

Dave and John talk about Comics and the legacy of the Spinner Rack

31:45 Dave and John discuss their own introductions to comics

36:18 Barriers to entry in comic book reading, and how graphic novels and the internet have changed the landscape


38:33 The vanishing home town comic store

41:06 Superhero movies, and Dave has some advice for movie makers

44:47 Getting kids into comics

46:31 People in costumes

54:13 The Tick and Too Much Coffee Man: comic book parodies

57:52 Show wrap-up

Next week: Brian Dunning of Skeptoid!

Thanks for listening!

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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 & 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.

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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.

Snownotes compiled by (former) podtern Christie Yant

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Merman, eh?