GGG#18: Eric Garcia
Episode 18 << Click to Listen
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.
Panel Topic: Total Recall / Robocop 2 / The Running Man
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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!