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Geeky Q & A: Sera Gamble

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Syfy Wire Staff
Sep 25, 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 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.

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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.

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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.