Mon
May 3 2010 6:00am
GGG#018: Organ Repossession! Con Men! Dystopian Satire! (Guest: Eric Garcia)

Eric Garcia—screenwriter/author of Repo Men and author of Anonymous Rex and Matchstick Men—joins us to discuss con men, dark comedy, and dinosaurs living among us. Dave and John talk violent satirical ’80s science fiction movies.

 

Introduction

0:00 Introduction by Tor.com

0:38 Dave and John introduce the show

Interview: Eric Garcia

02:04 Interview begins

02:19 Some of Eric’s favorite authors when he was growing up

04:35 On studying under T.C. Boyle

06:19 Writing and publishing Anonymous Rex

08:48 Taking his show on the road: the songs Eric writes and performs at readings

10:10 The SyFy channel adaptation of Anonymous Rex

12:18 How the SyFy channel is like a character in a John Hughes movie

14:16 Matchstick Men and the research that went into it

17:35 Regarding the film adaptation of Matchstick Men

19:56 The short story that became The Repossession Mambo and ultimately Repo Men

28:11 The similarities in Repo Men, Robocop, The Running Man, and Total Recall

30:16 Extreme gore!

32:01 Strange material breeds strange fan mail

34:03 Eric’s recommended authors: Christopher Moore, Rudy Rucker, John Scalzi, Katherine Dunn, T.C. Boyle

35:11 What’s coming up from Eric

36:25 End of interview

Dave and John talk about dystopian satirical films

36:30 Dave and John hate on Robocop 2

47:27 Dave somehow manages to fit in a reference to King’s Quest, and discusses the general lack of police procedure in films

48:56 An upcoming Robocop reboot?

50:05 The guys try to figure out what’s actually happening in Total Recall

01:07:52 Worst one-liners ever but competently plotted: The Running Man

01:16:31 Dave reads from “Robocop: The Crisis of Subjectivity”

01:17:54 Show wrap-up

Next week: Robin Wasserman, author of Skinned

Thanks for listening!


John Joseph Adams (www.johnjosephadams.com) 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 Scientistís 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 (www.davidbarrkirtley.com) 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.

7 comments
DrMcCoy
1. DrMcCoy
There's also a German TV adaptation of The Prize of Peril, Das Millionenspiel: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066079/ and a French movie, Le prix du danger: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084540/ .
DrMcCoy
2. XtremeCaffeine
They couldn't do an actual movie of Running Man now. I mean, that ending would get a straight up veto.
David Barr Kirtley
4. davidbarrkirtley
I think he means that the ending of the Stephen King story would now be too controversial.
DrMcCoy
5. KurtRoedeger
I remember seeing Total Recall sometime in my early teens and thinking that the plot holes were awful.
Joshua Evans
6. JoshuaEvans
somehow I missed Running Man. I watched it for the first time probably two months ago. I didn't think it was that bad. Sure, the one liners were cheesy, but my wife warned me of that going in. I'll have to see if I can find the story.
John Joseph Adams
7. johnjosephadams
Oh, I don't think The Running Man is bad; I love it! But the one liners are terrible.

You can find the original story in novel form, just look for The Running Man by Stephen King. He wrote it originally as Richard Bachman, but now you'd find it under his real name.

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