Geeky Q & A: Daniel Abraham

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Sep 12, 2017

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 Daniel Abraham -- one half of James S.A. Corey, authors of The Expanse book series (and writer/producer on the show) -- had to say ...

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

The first thing I remember geeking out over is:
Tunnels & Trolls solo adventures.

The science fiction/fantasy creator I most respect is:
Ursula K. Le Guin.

My geeky guilty pleasure is:
Replaying original Starcraft.

The current state of science fiction in three words:
In permanent flux.

The biggest genre game-changer of the last 25 years:
Smart phones. No one saw them coming. Generations of SF felt dated overnight.

The best quote from anyone in the genre, real or fictional, is:
"Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment."

The best genre movie of the last 25 years is:
Pan's Labyrinth.

The best genre series of the last 25 years is:
Avatar: The Last Airbender.

The best genre book of the last 25 years is:
The Story of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang. He is the best science fiction writer.

The best comic book or graphic novel of the last 25 years is:
Astro City.

The best video game of the last 25 years is:
Left 4 Dead.

The best genre theme song or soundtrack of the last 25 years is:
The theme to Game of Thrones.

A movie that desperately needs a remake is:
The Manchurian Candidate.

On the flip side, a movie that should never ever be remade is:
2001: A Space Odyssey.

The genre character I most admire and why:
John Watson, M.D. A man of infinite patience and goodwill.

The genre character I most despise and why:
Kylo Ren. I know too many people like him.

The genre character I love that no one else seems to pay attention to is:
Tom Bombadil. That man had zero f***s to give and could totally spit rhymes.

If I could live in any fictional universe or reality, it would be:
Callahan's Crosstime Saloon.
Because: Good company.

A scene from a movie that scared the ever-living sh*t out of me was:
The closing credits of Lake Mungo.

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

The most overrated sci-fi/fantasy movie of all time is:
Answering this would only get me in trouble.

The fictional character with the best style is:
David Bowie. Yes, I know, not technically fictional, but I stand by it.

The best Batman was:
Adam West.

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

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

The most unforgivable insult in all of nerddom is:
"Fake geek girl," because if you're really going there, you don't deserve to be forgiven. Just don't.

If I could have one superpower, it would be:
Mind reading.

Which superpower comes with the biggest drawbacks: flight, invisibility, or telekinesis?
Invisibility. The wish to use it would be too great for my strength.

If I were a hero my sidekick would be:
Honestly? I'd probably be the sidekick. Heroing is wearisome stuff.

The Hogwarts sorting hat would put me in:
Ravenclaw.

My patronus would be:
A bookstore cat.

On a voyage through space, my captain would be:
Geneviève Bujold. I dislike travel.

If I could pick one genre vehicle, my ride would be:
TARDIS.

People in fantasy tales are always British because:
Colonialism, probably.

In a fight between Dumbledore and Gandalf, who would win?
Trick question. The wise do not battle where there is no need.

In a fight between Picard and Kirk, who would win?
Kirk.

In a fight between Wonder Woman and Superman, who would win?
Wonder Woman.

In a fight between Hulk and Thor, who would win?
Hulk.

In six words or less, what words of wisdom do you have for fellow fans?
Darkness is cheap. Joy takes courage.