David Barr Kirtley is the host of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast on Wired.com, for which he’s interviewed over 400 guests, including Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Margaret Atwood, Richard Dawkins, Wil Wheaton, Bill Nye, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Ursula K. Le Guin.
His short fiction appears in magazines such as Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, Lightspeed, and Intergalactic Medicine Show, on podcasts such as Escape Pod and Pseudopod, and in books such as New Voices in Science Fiction, The Living Dead, New Cthulhu, and Fantasy: The Best of the Year. His book Save Me Plz and Other Stories collects 20 of his best short stories, along with 13 illustrations and more than 40 pages of author’s notes explaining how the stories came to be written and published.
David is the son of Buckley prize-winning physicist John R. Kirtley. He majored in Government at Colby College and holds a degree in fiction and screenwriting from the University of Southern California. He lives in Austin with his cat Oryx and his girlfriend Steph Grossman.
Save Me Plz and Other Stories is available now on Amazon.com. It contains the following stories: “Beauty,” “The Black Bird,” “Seven Brothers, Cruel,” “Blood of Virgins,” “Seeds-for-Brains,” “Family Tree,” “Red Road,” “Save Me Plz,” “The Ontological Factor,” “The Second Rat,” “They Go Bump,” “The Prize,” “Cats in Victory,” “Transformations,” “Power Armor: A Love Story,” “Veil of Ignorance,” “Three Deaths,” “The Disciple,” “The Skull-Faced Boy,” and “The Skull-Faced City.”