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.
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.