Geeky Q & A: Sera Gamble

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As part of SYFY 25 – where we’re looking back at everything amazing that’s happened in the world of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror over the last 25 years – we asked a bunch of famous people what sort of geeky stuff they like. Here’s what The Magicians co-creator Sera Gamble had to say.

The one thing I geek out over the most is:
Monsters.

The first thing I remember geeking out over is:
Mr. Spock.

The science fiction/fantasy creator I most respect is:
I would vote Guillermo del Toro for president if he were eligible.

My geeky guilty pleasure is:
I don't feel guilty over anything geeky.

The current state of science fiction in three words:
Dark as f**k. (This is also the current state of real life.)

The biggest genre game-changer of the last 25 years:
VFX keeps getting cheaper and better -- so more people can tell bigger stories.

The best quote from anyone in the genre, real or fictional, is:
"For me, it’s not a steppingstone, it’s a cathedral." -- Guillermo del Toro, on horror

The best genre movie of the last 25 years is:
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

The best genre series of the last 25 years is:
Gonna have to declare a tie between Black Mirror and Rick and Morty.

The best genre book of the last 25 years is:
SUM: Forty Tales From the Afterlifes by David Eagleman. I am also deeply fond of The Magicians.

The best comic book or graphic novel of the last 25 years is:
Y: The Last Man.

The best genre theme song or soundtrack of the last 25 years is:
The one that wins for "most used as temp score in other projects" is definitely Inception.

A movie that desperately needs a remake is:
Not sure any movie "needs" to be remade.

On the flipside, a movie that should never ever be remade is:
Blade Runner.

The genre character I love that no one else seems to pay attention to is:
Hot Pie.



If I could live in any fictional universe or reality, it would be:
All the ones I love are bloody and full of peril. I prefer just being a tourist.

A scene from a movie that scared the ever-living s**t out of me was:
The Sunken Place in Get Out.

The most underrated sci-fi/fantasy movie of all time:
The Cell.

The most overrated sci-fi/fantasy movie of all time is:
Let's leave it at: When a movie is made cynically for money and there's no love in it, you can tell.

The fictional character with the best style is:
Bellatrix Lestrange.

The best Batman was:
Lego Batman.

The LOTR character I’d like to be is:
Smaug.

The LOTR character I’d actually be is:
Aragorn.

If I could time-travel I would:
My mom would get angry if I didn't start by killing Hitler.

The most unforgivable insult in all of nerddom is:
Saying nerddom is all one thing.

If I could have one superpower, it would be:
Making gluten-free bread that's as good as bread.

Which superpower comes with the biggest drawbacks: flight, invisibility, or telekinesis?
Any good genre fan knows all power comes with consequences.

If I were a hero my sidekick would be:
John McNamara.

The Hogwarts sorting hat would put me in:
You gotta know Slytherin is full of showrunners.

My patronus would be:
A French bulldog.

On a voyage through space, my captain would be:
James T, baby.

If I could pick one genre vehicle, my ride would be:
A unicorn. The spaceship in Arrival was cool, too.

People in fantasy tales are always British because:
The actors in England are super well-trained.

In a fight between Dumbledore and Gandalf, who would win?
I imagine Gandalf would, but I'd be rooting for Dumbledore.

In a fight between Picard and Kirk, who would win?
Depends. Fists, Kirk. Anything that can be learned about in a book, Picard.

In a fight between Wonder Woman and Superman, who would win?
Not sure -- I just know Wonder Woman is cooler.

In a fight between Hulk and Thor, who would win?
The Hulk. Because science is more powerful than faith.

In six words or less, what words of wisdom do you have for fellow fans?
Never apologize for what you love.

Check out more of our Q&As here. And head on over to our SYFY 25 page to see everything else we’ve got going on.