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Geek's Guide to the Galaxy - A Science Fiction Podcast

By David Barr Kirtley and John Joseph Adams

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Author David Barr Kirtley talks geek culture with guests such as Neil Gaiman (#253), George R. R. Martin (#22), Richard Dawkins (#46), Paul Krugman (#61), Bill Nye (#273), Margaret Atwood (#94), Neil deGrasse Tyson (#32), and Joyce Carol Oates (#202). The A.V. Club calls the show, "An informative and impressively in-depth podcast well worth checking out," and io9 lists it as one of "13 Smart Podcasts That Will Feed Your Hunger for Knowledge and Ideas." NPR's lists the show as a recommended podcast, and CBC Radio writes, "You may not think a podcast about science fiction and fantasy would be the place to go for political insight, but -- it is. Geek's Guide to the Galaxy manages to be more insightful about politics than many pundits." Help crowdfund us at

Customer Reviews

As much about the craft of creating sci-fi as consuming it

This podcast is hosted by one of my favorite editors and one of my favorite writers working today. Not only do they know how to create great genre culture, they extend that knowledge to asking smart questions that engage their all-star line-up of guests. The interviews are consistently stellar, even when interviewing guests that don't have a history of giving engaging responses to less familiar interviewers.

Another stand out segment is the panel discussions with "guest-geeks" who consistently present smart, funny, and generally excellent insights into the topic at hand. Even when I vehemently disagree with the opinions, the presentation is excellent and the conversation leaves me looking forward to the next episode. This show is one of the best examples of 21st century media, and it really adds to the cachet of the overall Wired brand.

Get in on the ground floor of this one, someday this will be remembered as the “Inside the Actor’s Studio” of the geek crowd. It really is that good.

Great guests, terrible interviews

I don't get all the 5 star reviews for this podcast. The host's verbal skills make me cringe constantly. I wouldn't bother listening in a zillion years if it wasn't for some of the guests. The hosts obviously make up of list of questions to ask each guest that are read in monotone. No matter how the guest's answer begs for further comment or questioning, about 90% of the time to hosts ignore what is said and go straight to the next, usually unrelated, monotone question. I usually end up feeling mortified for the guest. However I suppose it's almost better for the hosts to stick to their script because when they ad lib their sentences are peppered non-stop with "like", "um", "okay". I don't get how they've managed to last.

All the Geekiness a Girl Could Want

As I have a real commute for the first time, I thought I would give this podcast a listen (I found it through i09). It is simply unbelievable! What a great book list I now have. Sci-fi/fantasy/horror readers take note! Writers, listen up! It's all the geekiness a girl could want. And witty too!

Geek's Guide to the Galaxy - A Science Fiction Podcast
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  • Category: Literature
  • Language: English

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