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 Tor.com
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
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 (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 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 (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.