Graeme is a Software Solution Architect. Despite his somewhat mixed accent, he was born in Australia. He loves the spoken word, and believes it has the ability to lift the printed word above and beyond cold words on a page. He lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife Amanda, and crazy boy dog, Jake.
Alasdair Stuart is the host of Pseudopod, the Escape Artists’ weekly horror fiction podcast. He also co-hosts the science fiction show, Escape Pod. He’s a prolific blogger on many subjects for many people, including himself. Argee’s his favorite character because Alasdair had very similar experiences with physical activity at school. Just without the Cyclops. Although it was the Isle of Man, so there were other odd creatures around… Alasdair can be found on Twitter and, almost as often, cooking, reading, watching or training in things.
Marguerite is a native Californian who has forsaken sunny paradise to be with her one true love and study law in Merrye Olde England. She currently wears so many hats that she needs two heads. When she’s not grappling with legal conundrums or editing and hosting Cast of Wonders, she can be found narrating audio fiction, rockclimbing, studying popular culture (i.e. going to movies and playing video games) with her partner Alasdair Stuart, or curling up with a really good book. You can follow her at her personal blog, Project Valkyrie, or on Twitter via @LegalValkyrie.
Lil the Dryad by Tina Connolly
Tina Connolly lives with her family in Portland, Oregon. Her stories have appeared in Lightspeed, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her first fantasy novel, Ironskin (Tor 2012), was nominated for a Nebula, and the sequel Copperhead comes out from Tor in October 2013. She has narrated for Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Cast of Wonders, runs the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake.
Adam is a recovering neuroscience student, although he’s working hard to relapse again. He enjoys reading, bicycling, and shouting into microphones, the last of which he sometimes records. He doesn’t have a public web presence yet, which makes him sad, so he will probably change that soon.
Kate Baker is the Podcast Director and Non-fiction Editor for Clarkesworld Magazine. She has been very privileged to narrate over 150 short stories/poems by some of the biggest names in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Kate has also read for various other venues such as StarShipSofa, Escape Pod, The Drabblecast and Cast of Wonders. She has been nominated for a Parsec Award, a World Fantasy Award and has won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine in 2011 and 2013 alongside the wonderfully talented editorial staff of Clarkesworld Magazine.
Kate is currently situated in Northern Connecticut with her first fans: her three wonderful children. She is currently working as the Operations Manager for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
Brontes the Cyclops Counselor by Barry J. Northern
Barry is a game developer based in Bournemouth, England making freemium games for clients such LEGO and the BBC. His latest game is breaking all records on iOS, not surprising with a title like L”. It’s for younger kids, but if you fancy blasting alien brains check out LEGO Hero Factory Brain Attack.
All this game developing has meant that Barry hasn’t been as active in the podcasting and fiction world as he used to be, but he still works behind the scenes at Cast of Wonders, which he started in 2011 with Graeme. The show is going from strength to strength since Barry handed over the editor’s hat to Marguerite earlier this year, giving him much more time to make games. He still does the occasional narration for other shows, such as The Drabblecast and StarShip Sofa, and appears on the show from time to time.
Ian Stuart is a writer-performer living and working in York. In the past he has worked for BBC local radio in Manchester, the Isle of Man and York. As well as providing voice tracks for hotels, businesses and foreign language courses, he is a tourist guide for The Ghost Trail of York. He is has been a resident voice artist for Pseudopod for several years.
New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a goddess, a force of nature, and a mess. She’s known for screwing up the alphabet, scolding vampire hunters, turning garden gnomes into mad scientists, and ranting on YouTube about fairy tales.
Alethea is the co-author of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Companion, and penned the AlphaOops series of picture books. Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in a myriad of anthologies and magazines. She has done multiple collaborations with Eisner winning artist J.K. Lee, including The Wonderland Alphabet and Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome. She’s even published a trilogy of her memoirs: Beauty & Dynamite, Murphy’s Girl, and Rise of the Princess.
Her YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in 2012, was nominated for the Audie Award in 2013, and was selected for World Book Night in 2014. Both Enchanted and its sequel, Hero, were nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Her latest novel in the Woodcutter Sisters series, Dearest, will be released on February 3rd, 2015.
Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea currently lives and writes in Florida, on the Space Coast. She makes the best baklava you’ve ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie.
Christiana Ellis is an award-winning writer and podcaster, currently living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her podcast novel, Nina Kimberly the Merciless was both an inaugural nominee for the 2006 Parsec Award for Best Speculative Fiction: Long Form, as well as a finalist for a 2006 Podcast Peer Award. Nina Kimberly the Merciless is available in print from Dragon Moon Press.
Christiana is also the writer, producer and star of Space Casey, (Seasons 1 and 2), an audiodrama miniseries which won the Gold Mark Time Award for Best Science Fiction Audio Production by the American Society for Science Fiction Audio and the 2008 Parsec Award for Best Science Fiction Audio Drama.
In between major projects, Christiana is also the creator and talent of many other podcast productions including Talking About Survivor, Hey, Want to Watch a Movie? and Christiana’s Shallow Thoughts.