Our Staff


Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She enjoys subverting expectations and breaking stereotypes whenever she can. Her novella ‘Runtime,’ was a Nebula Award finalist, and her short stories have been published at various magazines including Uncanny, Apex, and Tor.com.

She holds degrees in Computational Neuroscience and Signal Processing, and she worked for twenty years as an electrical engineer before becoming an author. You can find out more at www.eff-words.com or on Twitter @divyastweets.

CO-EDITOR: Mur Lafferty

 Mur Lafferty is an author and pioneer podcaster who has been involved with Escape Artists since nearly the beginning (after Serah Eley Fed-Ex’d brownies to her as a bribe to spread the word about this new podcast magazine format). She was one of the founding editors of Pseudopod, editor of Escape Pod for a time, and then founder and editor of Mothership Zeta, the quarterly ezine for Escape Artists.

She is currently the co-host (with Matt Wallace) of Ditch Diggers, a Hugo Award winner for Best Fancast, and the author of the science fiction murder mystery Six Wakes, out from Orbit.

ASSISTANT EDITOR: Benjamin C. Kinney

Benjamin C. Kinney is an itinerant neuroscientist with a frozen New England heart, though nowadays he lives in St. Louis with three cats and his Martian wife. He no longer creates cyborg monkeys, after too many nights delivering them Prozac. His short stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Diabolical Plots, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and more. You can find him online at benjaminckinney.com or follow him on twitter @BenCKinney.

He swears this is all true, even the monkeys and the Martians.

HOST: Tina Connolly

Tina’s books include the Ironskin trilogy and the Seriously Wicked series, and her novels have been finalists for the Nebula and the Norton. Her very first Escape Pod appearance was in #209, when “On the Eyeball Floor” was narrated by Norm Sherman.

She is extremely delighted to have had both her stories and her narrations featured on all four Escape Artists podcasts. Find her intermittent, Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast at Toasted Cake, or find her at tinaconnolly.com.

HOST: Alasdair Stuart

When Alasdair Stuart is not hosting PseudoPod and Escape Pod, or running Escape Artists Inc., he’s professionally enthusiastic about genre fiction on the Internet at places like Tor.com, Barnes & Noble, The Guardian, Uncanny Magazine, SciFi Now and MyMBuzz.

He’s an ENie-nominated tabletop RPG writer for his work on Doctor Who: Adventures In Time And Space. His other RPG writing includes Star Trek, The Laundry Files, Primeval, Victoriana, All Flesh Must Be Eaten, N.E.W. and Chill, meaning he’s got a playbook for any variety of invasion you can name.

Alasdair’s first collection of expanded podcast essays, PseudoPod Tapes, is available from Fox Spirit Books with volume 2, Approach With Caution, out in early 2018. His short stories can be found in the Fox Pockets anthology series from Fox Spirit, among other places. He lives in the UK with the love of his life and their ever expanding herd of microphones. Follow him on Twitter as @AlasdairStuart, or at his blog, The Man of Words.


Adam Pracht lives in Kansas, but asks that you not hold that against him. He was the 2002 college recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy award for writing about the disadvantaged and has published a disappointingly slim volume of short stories called “Frame Story: Seven Stories of Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror & Humor” which is available from Amazon as an e-Book or in paperback.

He’s been working on his second volume – “Schrödinger’s Zombie: Seven Weird and Wonderful Tales of the Undead” – since 2012 and successfully finished the first story. He hopes to complete it before he’s cremated and takes up permanent residence in an urn.


Summer Brooks is a bit of a television addict, and enjoys putting her scifi media geek skills to good use in interviewing guests. She had been a co-host for Slice of SciFi from 2005-2009, the co-host for The Babylon Podcast from 2006-2012, and host of Kick-Ass Mystic Ninjas, before returning to Slice of SciFi full time as host & producer in August 2014. She is an avid reader and writer of scifi, fantasy and thrillers, with a handful of publishing credits to her name.

Currently, Summer designs and maintains websites for clients in addition to having fun with the Slice of SciFi websites, and also does voiceover & narrations for Tales to Terrify, StarShipSofa and Escape Pod, among others.


S. Kay Nash is a full-time editor, part-time writer, comics geek, unabashed cat lady, and bibliophile. Raised by a cabal of university professors, anthropologists, and irritated librarians, she holds two degrees as magical wards to protect her from being hauled back into the ivory tower. Her short fiction has appeared in See the Elephant magazine, Wicked Words Quarterly, and several anthologies including Road Kill: Texas Horror by Texas Writers Vol. 2. Her book reviews appear at Buzzymag and Horror-Writers.com

She lives in Texas with a mad scientist, her books, and a peaceful contingent of cats and dogs. Follow her @Gnashchick on twitter.


J.R. Dawson graduated from Stonecoast with her MFA in Creative Writing and worked as a writer-in-residence at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in 2016. She lives in Omaha with her spouse and puppy. When she’s not spending way too much time at overpriced theme parks, she works with local non-profit organizations as a freelance writer, teacher, and actor. She has work forthcoming in F&SF, and her science fiction play, The Woman on the Rock, will be produced at Pacific University later in 2017.

Follow her on twitter @j_r_dawson and her blog at www.jrdawson.org.


Sandy writes literary, philosophical, humorous, and speculative fiction. She has degrees in physics, math, molecular biophysics, and medical science, but only ponders the mathematical nature of reality for fun these days. Also for fun, she plays video games, hikes and watches Rick and Morty with her family.

When not writing, Sandy works as anesthetist in Georgia and cares for three geriatric cats. Her website is sandyparsons.com.


Darusha writes speculative fiction and poetry as M. Darusha Wehm and mainstream work as Darusha Wehm, and is the author of nine published novels, several poems and many short stories. Originally from Canada, Darusha currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand after spending the past several years sailing around the Pacific.

For more information, visit http://darusha.ca.


Ryan Boyd is an editor, writer, and slushie enthusiast who lives in Los Angeles. Their work has been published in The Hundreds, CLASH, Literary Orphans, Leveler, Blast Furnace, Rust+Moth, and a slew of other tiny-yet-gutsy presses. They once commandeered the blog on Ultimate Coupons to write too many articles about Tom Waits, and they also co-host the podcast Rank & Vile, which is honest-to-God ranking every horror movie ever made.

Give them trouble on Twitter @ryandroyd, where they mostly tweet about slasher movies and Golden Girls. They never sleep.


Premee Mohamed is an Indo-Caribbean scientist and spec fic writer based in Canada. Her short fiction has appeared in Analog, Mythic Delirium, Automata Review, and many other venues.

She can be found with some regularity on Twitter at @premeesaurus.


Kevin Wabaunsee is speculative fiction writer and a former newspaper reporter on the health and medical beat. He is currently an editor and communications director at a university medical school. He is a Prairie Band Potawatomi.


ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Izzy Wasserstein

Izzy Wasserstein teaches writing and literature, writes poetry and fiction, and shares a house with a variety of animal companions and the writer Nora E. Derrington.

Her fiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming in PseudoPod, Clarkesworld, Fireside Magazine, and elsewhere. Her most recent poetry collection is When Creation Falls (Meadowlark Books, 2018). She likes to slowly run long distances.


James Beamon

James Beamon is a science fiction and fantasy author whose short stories have appeared in places such as Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine, Apex, Lightspeed and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. He spent twelve years in the Air Force, deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and is in possession of the perfect buffalo wings recipe that he learned from carnies. He lives in Virginia with his wife, son and attack cat where he works on his Pendulum Heroes novel series.


Phoebe BartonPhoebe Barton is a queer trans science fiction writer. Her short fiction has appeared in venues such as Analog, On Spec, and multiple anthologies. When not writing she focuses on her obsession with rail-based public transportation, occasional reviews of forgotten short speculative fictions, and keeping things on an even keel. She lives with a robot in the sky above Toronto and can be found on Twitter at @aphoebebarton.


J. M. CosterJ.M. Coster (Jen) is an erstwhile MD turned speculative fiction writer currently living in St. Louis, MO with her robomancer husband and recalcitrant cat. She is the co-producer of the game dev comedy podcast Coffee with Butterscotch. She likes creepy fairy tales, experimenting with pastries, and thinks ghost stories and food stories are not so dissimilar. You can find her on Twitter at @jcalyst or on her blog subtext.jmcoster.com


Shiv Ramdas is an Indian reader and writer of speculative fiction. He has written short stories, radio scripts and plays, advertisements, and numerous resignation letters. His short fiction has(or will shortly) appear in Fireside, Podcastle, Strange Horizons and other venues. He currently lives in Seattle with a spouse, 3 cats and a very demanding tree.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Karlo Yeager Rodriguez

Karlo Yeager Rodriguez

Karlo Yeager Rodriguez is originally from the enchanting island of Puerto Rico, but moved to Baltimore some years back. His stories have appeared in Nature Futures, Galaxy’s Edge and several other venues. He lives happily among the rolling hills of rural Maryland with his partner and one very odd dog. To read Karlo’s sporadic posts, go to alineofink.com


EDITOR: Serah Eley (2005-2010)
EDITOR: Jeremiah Tolbert (2009-2010)
EDITOR: Norm Sherman (2013-2017)



COMMUNITY MANAGERS: Eytan Zweig (eytanz), Marshal Latham (Swamp)


Rachael K. Jones
Hillary Brannon
Shane Halbach
Sarah Gailey
Erin Roberts
Darcie Little Badger
Santiago Bellucco
Peter Behravesh
Remy Nakamura
Zin Rocklyn
Laura Pearlman
Anya Khongthavornpipat

Please note: this is a partial list using recent information. If you’re part of the Escape Pod alumni and wish to be added to this list, please let us know!