Episode 8

"You Got Steampunk'd"

w/ James Blaylock - Sci-fi/Fantasy Author; Co-creator of Steampunk

Before Steampunk was "fashion," it was literature. And before that, there was Philip K. Dick who wrote the books and short stories adapted into such films as: Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, Paycheck, Screamers, Vanilla Sky, Next and the Amazon series The Man in the High Castle (some would also say The Truman Show, but that's for a later discussion ... that you'll also hear in this episode). In this episode of NERTZ, we speak with one of our foremost sci-fi/fantasy writers James Blaylock about how he sat at the feet of Dick as a burgeoning young author, some truth-is-stranger-than-fiction anecdotes about the man himself ... and how Blaylock co-created Steampunk back in the late Seventies.

(**HUMBLE APOLOGIES: Due to the nature of the original interview, which took place in a noisy restaurant, there is a fair amount of ambient sound in this one. But we thought the actual interview was worth sharing and our genius producer did a fine job in keeping Blaylock's discussion clear, so hopefully no worries!)