GGG#004: Superheroes! Romance! Sea Monsters! (Guest: Marjorie M. Liu)


Marjorie M. Liu—writer of comics NYX and Dark Wolverine (Marvel) and author of the novels in the Dirk and Steele and Hunter Kiss series—is our guest this week. She tells us about attending Clarion and writing for Marvel, and Dave and John discuss comics, then and now.



0:00 Introduction by

0:38 Dave and John introduce the show

Interview: Marjorie M. Liu

Marjorie M. Liu00:45 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 traveler

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!

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.


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