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


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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