Jul 7, 2023
David Berger - Reimagining Myths for Redemption
Play • 46 min

Author David Berger discusses Task Force Gaea and his mythic influences. Ovid's Metamorphoses, Clash of the Titans, Wonder Woman, and more!

About David Berger

David Berger was the boy under the blanket reading books by flashlight when he should have been sleeping, and he hasn’t stopped reading since. His creative fires started by reading Greek mythology, the stories of Olympian gods and heroes sparking a conflagration of learning that took him through novels—sci-fi, fantasy, or whatever he could find—and that, coupled with his love of comic books, especially Wonder Woman, brought him to writing. The act of putting pen to paper gave him an outlet he had never had, and the inspiration of the Muses pushed him forward.

His love of fantasy prompted writing a Greek myth fantasy series, Task Force: Gaea, a Celtic fantasy trilogy beginning with The Quest of Wyndracer and Fyrehunter, as well as an anthology of his own short fiction and poetry, Hippocrene’s Promise. When he’s not teaching or writing, he’s living his best fantasy life playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Twitter: CaptW0nd3r

Key Moments

  • 04:49 - David Berger's origin story
  • 09:44 - Task Force Gaea
  • 17:19 - Reversing Ovid's Metamorphoses: Artemis and Actaeon, Perseus and Medusa
  • 20:38 - Year of Redemption: reflections on teaching high school during the 2020 Covid shutdown
  • 26:35 - Clash of the Titans, Perseus is a dick.
  • 34:46 - Odysseus, the rise of humanism, and the twilight of the gods

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Music composed by Kevin MacLeod

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