Geeks Guide to the Galaxy interviews JFB

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Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror, joins us this week on io9’s Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast to talk about literal and metaphorical monsters, and growing up transgender.

Falcon Quinn book cover illustration by Brandon Dorman.

The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy is hosted by John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley.

You can download the MP3 for this episode here, or subscribe to The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast feed here.

Read on for this episode’s fabulous SHOW NOTES!

0:00 Introduction

Interview: Jennifer Finney Boylan

1:24 Interview begins

1:30 Playing Girl Planet as a child

2:38 Space Travel and Space Exploration as a National Obsession and a venue to allowing Boylan to explore herself as a child

3:28 A character in The Planets who secretly dresses up as a wizard

6:28 Was Boylan ever afraid of giving away her secrets when writing and publishing as a man?

9:27 Richard Russo’s character: Professor Phineas “Finny” Coomb

11:15 Being a character on Saturday Night Live

13:20 Having a powerful emotional reaction to The Fellowship of the Ring movie

16:18 Boylan’s contribution to It Gets Better

18:47 Boylan’s I’m Looking Through You, a memoir about growing up in a haunted house

21:40 Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror, Boylan’s most recent novel

25:32 What’s wrong with a Wereturtle?

27:29 The Halloween readings at Colby College with Professor Bassett

29:58 The strange anti-gravity stone on Colby College campus

31:46 The sequel to Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror and Boylan’s other future projects

33:31 End of interview

Dave and John talk about monsters

34:24 Wicked by Gregory McGuire and the difference between monsters and villains

35:54 Dave meets Gregory McGuire and the cast of the stage adaptation of Wicked

37:07 Incorporating music in novels and reading

38:08 The Lord of the Rings, sympathetic monsters and Senator Bilbo (Podcastle Episode 32, featuring Senator Bilbo by Andy Duncan)

40:05 Was The Lord of the Rings unfair to the Orcs?

41:01 Phantasie for the PC

42:22 Throne of Bones by Brian McNaughton

42:57 Orcs by Stan Nicholls

44:15 Dungeon Keeper

45:17 Mail Order Monsters

45:51 Inspired by a quote, Dave creates a monster creation simulator and the limits of human creativity and imagination

48:55 Dave has a pop-quiz for John! This time: the Monsters of Dungeons & Dragons

58:49 Hoard

59:23 Want some sympathetic monsters? Monsters Inc. delivers.

59:58 John Milton’s Paradise Lost and the allure of a villainous character

1:03:00 We are the orcs

1:03:38 Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

1:07:25 Author-preferred editions of novels

1:08:49 My Demon Lover

1:09:55 John’s review of Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror

1:10:22 The Tiptree Award

1:14:21 Show wrap-up

Thanks for listening!

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  • The Boylan Family, summer 2010

    DSC_0063 "You hang around our family, you learn all kinds of stuff."
  • Will Forte as Jennifer Finney Boylan on “Saturday Night Live”

    WiFo-Jennifer Finney Boylan-1
  • Jenny with Barbara Walters, December, 2008

  • Jenny atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin

    2036947979_34bfbec240 August, 2002.
  • Surrounded

    boylanWith President Clinton and Maine's Governor John Baldacci, fall 2006.
  • JFB and Edward Albee


    Edward had been my teacher at Johns Hopkins in the winter of 1986. He visited Colby in fall, 2007. As we took our leave of each other, he kissed me on both cheeks and said, "We have done well. You and I."

  • Jenny and her teacher, the great John Barth


    Jack was my professor at JHU when I did my thesis, back in the day. After many years, I can now confidently say I finally understand his definition of plot. Which is, of course, "the perturbation of an unstable homeostatic system and its catastrophic restoration to a new and complexified equilibrium."