Updated: March 29, 2010
If we have learned only one thing at RevolutionSF
covering nerd-related things, it is this:
Everybody loves pudding.
What's not to love? It comes in many different varieties. It is a tasty treat that is easy on the eyes and on the tummy.
It's fun to say, especially if you pronounce it like we learned
via our Alabama public school education: Puddin'. In England,
they love it so much they call every dessert puddin'. I mean
pudding. They don't go to school here.
You can tell many things about genre professionals by learning
their favorite flavors of puddin'. The question makes them think
back, to happy times when it was just them and a spoon (and
pudding). Except sometimes it makes them nervous and, ahem,
These responses are actual quotes given to us by the actual sci-fi person. If a flavor is listed with no quotes, that's all they told us, and we moved on. After many years of puddin' investigation, we've come to believe
the "Puddin' Question" reveals a little something
about the sci-fi celebrity. And about ourselves. And our favorite
As the old adage says, the proof is in the puddin'.
The Pudding List
Alley Baggett, model: "Oh, dude . . .
Jackson Bostwick, first Captain Marvel in Shazam!: "Vanilla
-- make that tapioca."
Terry Brooks, writer
, Shannara series: "I
don't remember the last time that I had pudding! Well, I like . . .
I'm pretty, uh . . . I'm from the midwest. And in the midwest,
we're very centrist, for the most part. We're pretty well grounded
in the way things were a hundred years ago. So I suppose vanilla."
Jeremy Bulloch, Boba Fett: "I'm
not a pudding eater normally. I don't like sweets so I don't
like ice cream. It has to be apple crumble with custard."
Tom Braidwood, Frohike from The Lone Gunmen: Rice
Angela Cartwright, Penny
from Lost in Space: "I
don't really eat pudding . . . but chocolate."
Jeanne Cavelos, writer, The Science of The X-Files, The
Science of Star Wars: Chocolate
Roger Christian, director, Battlefield Earth:
"I suppose it would be rice of some sort . . . Indian
Chris Claremont, writer, Exiles, Excalibur: "I don't
Dave Dorman, artist
, Star Wars trading cards: "Chocolate. Just plain ol' chocolate pudding."
Andy Duncan, writer: “The one in Through the Looking Glass.” We're pretty sure he meant the Knight's blotting-paper/ gunpowder/ sealing-wax pudding.)
Jane Espenson, writer
, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Buffy, Angel: Chocolate
Christian Gossett, writer, The Red Star
David Goyer, writer, Batman Begins, Blade: "I hate pudding. I like New York style
Dean Haglund, Langly
from The Lone Gunmen: Lemon
Joe Haldeman, Forever War writer: "Lemon pie filling."
Bruce Harwood, Byers from The Lone Gunmen: "Actually,
there's a particular recipe of pudding that I like especially.
I call it Snow Pudding, but it's basically chiffon lemon pudding.
Actually the way you make it really simple. You take the filling
to a lemon meringue pie, and you take the meringue, and you
mix 'em together. And that's the pudding."
Nalo Hopkinson, writer: "Caribbean egg custard."
Jeff Jarrett, wrestler
, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling: "Is this some
kind of trick question?"
Herb Jefferson Jr., Boomer, Battlestar Galactica:
Brad Kayl, writer, The Red Star
: Dark chocolate
Erik Larsen, writer and artist
, Savage Dragon: Chocolate
Joe Linsner, writer and artist, Cry for Dawn: "I
simply adore, love, worship tapioca pudding with strawberries
Kristanna Loken, actress
, Painkiller Jane, Terminator 3: "I don't eat pudding! Sorry!"
Ron Marz, writer, Witchblade, Ion: "I've gotta
go with rice pudding."
Chase Masterson, actress, Leeta, Deep Space
Nine: "Do you always ask stupid questions?"
(Joe's answer: "Yes.") " . . . I don't really eat much pudding."
Mary McDonnell, Laura Roslin, Battlestar
Galactica: "Oh, gosh, I don't eat pudding.
I used to love rice pudding. I used to make
a wicked rice pudding, but I haven't made one in about 20 years."
China Mieville, author, Perdido Street Station and
The Scar: "My favourite pudding -- by which
we English simply mean 'dessert,' do you mean something more
specific? -- is the dark chocolate tart from the London restaurant
Pied A Terre."
Paul Reubens, creator, Pee Wee's Playhouse: "I'm not a big pudding eater in real life, but I love chocolate pudding."
What kind of pudding would Pee Wee Herman eat? ""I think Pee Wee would say bread pudding, it being so odd. A mix of bread and pudding."
Greg Rucka, writer
, Queen & Country, Whiteout, 52: Butterscotch
Jack Stauffer, Bojay
from Battlestar Galactica: Chocolate
Peter Straub, horror rwiter: "Spotted dick!"
Takayuki Tatsumi, scholar: "Babaloa pudding."
Jill Thompson, writer and illustrator
, Scary Godmother:
"I know that I got really sick off vanilla pudding,
and tapioca pudding. But chocolate pudding was always pretty
good. I would have to say pistachio pudding."
Jim Valentino, writer and artist
, Shadowhawk: Chocolate
Judd Winick, creator
, Barry Ween, Boy Genius:
"One could answer it easy and just say Swiss Miss chocolate.
I'm remembering when I was a kid. I forget what brand it was,
the ones you actually open the can. The pulltab chocolate in