Down and Safe is a biweekly podcast where an intrepid, intercontinental crew of telly-watching people discuss the classic British sci-fi series Blake’s 7 episode by episode.
On board for this epic voyage of pew-pew lasers and amazing lobster red space clothes are:
Michael Damian Thomas
Michael is one half of the Publishers/Editors-in-Chief for Uncanny Magazine with his wife, Lynne M. Thomas.
Along with being a two-time Hugo Award finalist as the former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine (2012-2013) Michael co-edited the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian Press, 2013) with Sigrid Ellis and Glitter & Mayhem (Apex Publications, 2013), with John Klima and Lynne M. Thomas.
L. M. Myles
I’m a Scottish writer, editor and geek, with a blog called Follow That Trebuchet cause medieval siege weaponry is awesome, most especially trebuchets.
I co-edited the Hugo Award nominated anthology Chicks Unravel Time (with Deborah Stanish), and Companion Piece (with Liz Barr), and I’ve written for Doctor Who in prose and on audio, most recently the title story on the Big Finish release Breaking Bubbles and Other Stories.
My writing’s been published in Cranky Ladies of History, Chicks Dig Gaming, and Bernice Summerfield: Present Danger, amongst others.
You can also hear me saying very sensible things about Doctor Who on the Verity! podcast.
I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 2, 1978, the first of three brothers. I’ve lived in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area my entire life; currently, I’m just across the border in Wisconsin, about half an hour east of the Twin Cities.
The Lies of Locke Lamora, my first novel, was bought by Simon Spanton at Orion Books in August, 2004. Prior to that I had just about every job you usually see in this sort of author bio– dishwasher, busboy, waiter, web designer, office manager, prep cook, and freelance writer.
I’m very much your standard-issue geek-of-all-trades; I like history, literature, films, contemporary and classic Macs (huzzah beige boxes!), gaming, and game design. I collect old Choose Your Own Adventure novels and Infocom text adventure games. I’m also a volunteer firefighter. I was initially trained and certified in Minnesota, and have served in Wisconsin since 2005.
A Canadian-born child of the Mediterranean, Amal currently resides in Scotland, in the company of two black and white cats and their pet Glaswegian. In her hours of rest she drinks tea, lifts weights, plays harp, and writes stories about maps, bird women, book women, the Arabic alphabet, singing fish, and Damascene dream-crafters. Not usually all at once. “The Green Book” was nominated for the Nebula Award in 2011.
She writes poetry, too: her first collection of poetry and prose is called The Honey Month, with each piece written to the taste of a different honey. Her poems “Song for an Ancient City” and “Peach-Creamed Honey” have won the Rhysling award for Best Short Poem in 2009 and 2011 respectively, and in 2012 she received the Richard Jefferies Poetry Prize for “Phase Shifting.” She has also edited Goblin Fruit, an online quarterly dedicated to fantastical poetry, since 2006.
Amal also frequents Twitter, where she scribbles about poetry, race, feminism, numerous fandoms, and the minutiae of her every-day.