David Barr Kirtley

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David Barr Kirtley
Born (1977-12-19) December 19, 1977 (age 40)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation Writer
Genre Fantasy, science fiction, horror

David Barr Kirtley (born 1977) is an American short story writer and the host of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast.

Geek's Guide to the Galaxy is a science fiction book podcast. The A.V. Club calls the show, "An informative and impressively in-depth podcast well worth checking out," and io9 lists it as one of "13 Smart Podcasts That Will Feed Your Hunger for Knowledge and Ideas."



His short fiction appears in magazines such as Realms of Fantasy and Weird Tales , in online magazines such as Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show and Lightspeed , and on podcasts such as Escape Pod , Pseudopod , and The Drabblecast. In 2003, he was selected for the anthology New Voices in Science Fiction. In 2008, his story "Save Me Plz" was chosen for the anthology Fantasy: The Best of the Year. He was profiled in the 2008 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market as part of "Speculative Fiction: The Next Generation." [1]

<i>Realms of Fantasy</i>

Realms of Fantasy was a professional bimonthly fantasy speculative fiction magazine published by Sovereign Media, then Tir Na Nog Press, and Damnation Books, which specialized in fantasy fiction, related nonfiction and art. The magazine published short stories by some of the genre's most popular and most prominent authors. Its original publisher was Sovereign Media, and it first launched with the October 1994 issue. It was headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.

<i>Weird Tales</i> US pulp fantasy magazine

Weird Tales is an American fantasy and horror fiction pulp magazine founded by J. C. Henneberger and J. M. Lansinger in late 1922. The first issue, dated March 1923, appeared on newsstands February 18. The first editor, Edwin Baird, printed early work by H. P. Lovecraft, Seabury Quinn, and Clark Ashton Smith, all of whom would go on to be popular writers, but within a year the magazine was in financial trouble. Henneberger sold his interest in the publisher, Rural Publishing Corporation, to Lansinger and refinanced Weird Tales, with Farnsworth Wright as the new editor. The first issue under Wright's control was dated November 1924. The magazine was more successful under Wright, and despite occasional financial setbacks it prospered over the next fifteen years. Under Wright's control the magazine lived up to its subtitle, "The Unique Magazine", and published a wide range of unusual fiction.

<i>InterGalactic Medicine Show</i>

InterGalactic Medicine Show is an American online fantasy and science fiction magazine. It was founded in 2005 by multiple award-winning author Orson Scott Card and was edited by Edmund R. Schubert from 2006-2016, after which Scott Roberts took over. It was originally biannual, but became quarterly in 2008 and bimonthly in 2009, except for a brief hiatus in 2010.

Early life

He is the son of physicist John R. Kirtley and grew up in Katonah, New York. [2]

John R. Kirtley American physicist

John Robert Kirtley is an American condensed matter physicist and a Consulting Professor at the Center for Probing the Nanoscale in the Department of Applied Physics at Stanford University. He shared the 1998 Oliver E. Buckley Prize of the American Physical Society, and is a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.

Katonah, New York CDP in New York, United States

Katonah is one of three hamlets and census-designated places (CDP) within the town of Bedford, Westchester County, in the U.S. state of New York, specifically northern Westchester. The Katonah CDP had a population of 1,679 at the 2010 census.


From 1996-2000, he attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he majored in Government, with a minor in Creative Writing. In 1997, he won the Dell Magazines Award for undergraduate science fiction. In 1999 he attended the Clarion Workshop at Michigan State University. In 2009 he received an MFA in fiction and screenwriting from the University of Southern California. [3]

Colby College private liberal arts college located on Mayflower Hill in Waterville, Maine, USA

Colby College is a private liberal arts college in Waterville, Maine. Approximately 1,800 students from more than 60 countries are enrolled annually. The college offers 54 major fields of study and 30 minors. It was founded in 1813 as the Maine Literary and Theological Institution until it was renamed after the city it resides in with Waterville College. The donations of Christian philanthropist Gardner Colby saw the institution renamed again to Colby University before concluding on its final and current title, reflecting its liberal arts college curriculum.

Waterville, Maine City in Maine, United States

Waterville is a city in Kennebec County, Maine, United States, on the west bank of the Kennebec River. The city is home to Colby College and Thomas College. As of the 2010 census the population was 15,722, and in 2017 the estimated population was 16,600. Along with Augusta, Waterville is one of the principal cities of the Augusta-Waterville, ME Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Clarion Workshop

Clarion is a six-week workshop for aspiring science fiction and fantasy writers. Originally an outgrowth of Damon Knight and Kate Wilhelm's Milford Writers' Conference, held at their home in Milford, Pennsylvania, United States, it was founded in 1968 by Robin Scott Wilson at Clarion State College in Pennsylvania. Knight and Wilhelm were among the first teachers at the workshop.


Kirtley co-hosted the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast along with fantasy & science fiction editor John Joseph Adams. Kirtley is now the sole host, though John Joseph Adams makes guest appearances. [4]

John Joseph Adams American science fiction critic

John Joseph Adams is an American science fiction and fantasy editor, critic, and publisher.

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