Feb 8 2010 6:00am

GGG#006: Steampunk! Sherlock Holmes! Eschatology! (Guest: Cherie Priest)

Cherie Priest—Steampunk aficionado, amateur theologian, and author of Boneshaker—joins us as our guest this week. We explain what Steampunk is, why it’s cool, and where you can check it out.



0:00 Introduction by

0:37 Dave and John introduce the show

01:23 The birth of Cyberpunk and Steampunk

Interview: Author Cherie Priest

04:43 Interview begins

05:00 On being an army brat

07:20 Growing up Goth

08:44 Coming to fantasy and science fiction via the 7th Day Adventists

11:34 Losing her religion

12:35 Early efforts in writing, the Four and Twenty Blackbirds debacle, and serendipity at Tor

16:05 Independent presses

16:55 The celebratory tattoo and being an amateur theologian

18:51 Family. Can’t live with ‘em, and you can’t--no, that’s all, really.

20:38 Cherie explains the Seattle Underground and Seattle’s roles in her books

23:27 About Boneshaker.

23:58 Steampunk and zombie favorites: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (the comic,) World War Z, and more

25:38 On LARPing and costuming

26:42 Working on Fort Freak for George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards series

30:40 DragonCon

31:12 What’s coming up next for Cherie: novella Clementine from Subterranean Press in May; Dreadnought from Tor this fall; a new Clockwork Century story for the Living Dead 2 anthology, and more

35:31 End interview

When you rule out the impossible, what’s left is John and Dave talking about Sherlock Holmes

35:31 Cherie’s example to kids in similar situations

39:28 League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore

45:23 Sherlock Holmes

46:28 The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes anthology

48:16 Is the movie as much of a departure from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes as people seem to think?

01:05:42 Other recent versions of Sherlock Holmes

01:09:06 Show wrap-up: where to find more information if you’re interested in Steampunk

Next week: Steve Eley of Escape Pod!

Thanks for listening!

John Joseph Adams ( is an anthologist, a writer, and a geek. He is the 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, and Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse. He is currently assembling several other anthologies, including Brave New Worlds, The Living Dead 2, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, and The Way of the Wizard. He worked for more than eight years as an editor at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and is currently the fiction editor of Lightspeed Magazine, which launches in June 2010.

David Barr Kirtley ( is a writer living in New York who has been called “one of the newest and freshest voices in sf.” His short fiction appears in magazines such as Realms of Fantasy and Weird Tales, and in anthologies such as The Living Dead, New Voices in Science Fiction, and Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2008 Edition.

Show notes compiled by podtern Christie Yant. Friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Eugene Myers
1. ecmyers
Loved the interview, especially the background on the Seattle underground. I'll have to go on a tour next time I visit the city.

I really liked the new Sherlock Holmes movie, much more than I expected to, and I was surprised at how faithful it was to the original stories. There was also a nice little visual nod to the Granada TV series when they first show 221B Baker Street.
2. SGriffin
Great interview! Cherie Priest rocks!
Josh Kidd
3. joshkidd
There were a couple of character points in the Sherlock Holmes movie that seemed like departures from the stories to me. You didn't mention either of them, but I thought I'd bring them up in the comment thread.

The first is Watson having a gambling problem. Was that ever in the stories?

The second was Irene Adler being portrayed as a professional thief. I suppose that's workable, but they stretch it a bit for the movie. Or am I wrong?
Wesley Osam
4. Wesley
joshkidd @3: The first is Watson having a gambling problem. Was that ever in the stories?

"Shoscombe Old Place" includes this exchange:

"By the way, Watson, you know something of racing?"

"I ought to. I pay for it with about half my wound pension."

Also, in "The Dancing Men," it's revealed that Holmes keeps Watson's checkbook locked up in his desk drawer, possibly at Watson's own request.
5. farris wheel
I bought her book because of this podcast. You guys get a cut of that right?

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