Dramatis Personae

Philippa Ballantine as Carol Lewis

Philippa Ballantine

Hugo and Nebula award winner Carol Lewis is the single most successful Steampunk author in the world. Not yet thirty-five, she’s built a comfortable fortune for herself and used it to buy a house in the Sierra Nevada, built on the site of the hippie commune where her grandmother raised her during her early teen years. It is here that she hosts this year’s Xanadu retreat.
About the actress:
Philippa Ballantine, when not podcasting from Koru Studios in Wellington, New Zealander Philippa spends most of her time writing. So far she has had two books published; Weaver’s Web (which she’s turned into a podiobook) and the award-nominated Chasing the Bard.
Her Parsec and Sir Julius Vogel nominated show Whispers at the Edge is where she talks about living at the bottom of the world and passes on what she’s found out about writing. She has also had published a variety of articles on her other love, history. Currently she is working on a number of fantasy projects. The main projects in 2009 are a collaborative project with Tee Morris, a steampunk CSI podcast series, and podcasting Digital Magic, the sequel to the Award-winning Chasing the Bard. She has also had a number of roles in other podcast novels, and is enjoying the challenges of voice work. More can be found out about Pip at pjballantine.com.

Tee Morris as Amos Maple

Tee Morris

English professor and author, Amos Maple’s eclectic history has given him a background in literature, philosophy, religion, and medicine. Thirty-eight years old, and reeling from a series of disasters in his personal life, he has come to the mountain retreat to heal.
About the actor:
Tee Morris began his writing career in 2002 with the award-nominated historical epic fantasy, MOREVI: The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana. He took this novel in 2005 into the podosphere, making MOREVI the first book podcast in its entirety. It was nominated for a 2006 Parsec for Best Podcast Fiction, and led to the founding of Podiobooks.com, his writing of Podcasting for Dummies from Wiley Publishing, and his column appearing in Blogger & Podcaster Magazine.
In between titles and columns, Tee continues to explore the possibilities of podcasting. He hosts The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy, a show about marketing and self-promotional concepts for published and soon-to-be-published authors; and In Your Right Mind, a ten-minute corporate podcast about creative solutions and Social Media initiatives. In 2007, Tee podcast The Case of The Singing Sword: A Billibub Baddings Mystery, earning him Best Audio Drama: Long Form at the 2008 Parsec Awards. He can also be heard alongside Phil Rossi in Microbrewed available on TeeMorris.com, Podcasting for Dummies (hosted at http://ForDummies.com), and his epic production Morevi: Remastered.
His next projects include a podcast of Legacy of Morevi: Book One of the Arathellean Wars and the print release of Exodus from Morevi: Book Two of The Arathellean Wars. He is looking forward to working on the Books and Braun Project with Philippa in 2009.
Find out more about Tee Morris at www.teemorris.com on the Internet.

Kitty NicIaian as Katy Sato

Kitty NicIaian

In her late twenties, Katy Sato is a carpenter by day, while by night she works as a Special FX makeup artist in the local independent film community and teaches plastic arts at Sacramento City College. Wry, snarky, and highly perceptive, she frequently peppers her speech with Spanish phrases just, for fun.
About the actress:
Kitty Nic’Iaian is a sketch artist and web designer, and a founding partner of ArtisticWhispers Productions. First heard as the voice of Hera Flea on The Polyschizmatic Reprobates Hour, and then extensively in a number of roles in Predestination: Book 1 of The Antithesis Progression, she can now be heard in various spots, promos, and projects around the podosphere, with more coming soon.

Nathan Lowell as Gerd Falkstein

Nathan Lowell

A man who danced on the Berlin wall with his wife in 1989, Gerd is a sixty year old widower. Growing up a French national born to German parents, Gerd is a longtime professor of Enlightenment History at UNLV. As our story begins, he is considering early retirement for reasons of professional politics.
About the actor:
Nathan Lowell is the creator of the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper universe. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology and teaches graduate school when he’s not working on the next book, or doing voice work for other authors. He has been writing and recording his fiction since 2007 and currently has five novels available available on iTunes and at Podiobooks.com.

Miss Kalender as Sarah Evans

Miss Kalendar

In her mid twenties, Sarah has already had a meteoric career in dance, first as a soloist on Broadway and, after an injury ended her dancing career, as a choreographer. A classic switch personality, she’s highly authoritative and commanding on the job, and playful and whimsical off the job.
About the actress:
Miss Kalendar is a compliance expert living and working in the Silicon Valley. When not working, she spends her time recording Brass Needles, a podcast on knitting, scifi, steampunk, and cosplay. Erin also enjoys designing knitwear accessories and incorporating her handknit designs into her cosplay costumes. Classically trained in music, she most recently enjoyed playing Mabel in Pirates of Penzance at the Dickens Fair in San Francisco. Prior to Down From Ten, Miss Kalendar voiced Ally Hartman and Alex Hart in J Daniel Sawyer’s Predestination. She will also be appearing soon in Chris Lester’s Metamor City.

Nobilis Reed as Kevin Walden

Nobilis Reed

ASU’s rising star of astrophysics, Kevin is an aggressive popularizer and public policy wonk. Irascible and mischievous, he thrives on friendly conflict and solving puzzles, a set of character traits which has made
him quite popular with his students but very unpopular in the black community where he grew up. Away from work, he paints in the surrealist and impressionist schools, but doesn’t make any kind of living at it.
About the actor:
A few years ago Nobilis Reed decided to start sharing the naughty little stories he scribbled out in hidden notebooks. To his surprise, people actually liked them! Now, he can’t stop. The poor man is addicted. His wife, teenage children, and even the cats just look on this wretch of a man, hunched over his computer keyboard, and shake their heads. Clearly, there is no hope for him. The best that can be hoped for is to just make him as comfortable as his condition will allow.

Christiana Ellis as Edelle Sirhan


A photojournalist in the employ of the World Vision missions organization, Edelle is a Half-Lebanese, half-American woman in her mid ’40s. Spending most of her life abroad in third world countries and making her own way, she finds herself more comfortable in the company of Epicurean infidels than in her home church, who has recently censured her for her fine art photographic work. She sometimes speaks in mock russian accent for fun effect, particularly when she’s uncomfortable or flirting.

Chris Lester as Jeremiah Evans

Chris Lester

Although not related to Sarah, he does work for her in her current production. Jeremiah is a primo jazz dancer with a healthy, but not excellent, career in off-Broadway productions. He is far better known in his own circles as a celebrity activist for PETA and other animal rights causes, and as an outspoken opponent of biotechnology. In his early twenties and fresh out of college, Jeremiah is the youngest man in the room and eager to prove himself in a very alien social situation.

About the actor:

Chris is the creator, producer and head writer of The Metamor City Podcast. A self-proclaimed “mad scientist in training,” he has been telling stories for about as long as he can remember, and he credits a writing contest in elementary school for introducing him to his muse. Trained as a biologist at the University of California-Santa Cruz, he received his master’s degree in 2004 and promptly went out to try to start a career in the middle of the worst job market the American scientific community had seen in half a century. After three soul-sucking years in corporate America, he is now working as a science teacher at a charter school in Oakland, CA. When he isn’t writing or planning lessons, he enjoys role-playing games, playing piano and guitar, sketching and digital painting. He misses his family’s three Shiloh shepherds terribly.
You can find out more about Chris at his personal web space, http://www.chrislester.org, and at http://www.metamorcity.com. This picture of Chris was taken by the lovely and extremely talented JR Blackwell, and is used by permission.

Supporting roles:

Phillipa Ballantine as Carol’s Grandmother


A self-proclaimed bohemian “flower mother” who joined the hippie culture after her children were already grown. Originally from New Zealand, she moved to the U.S. in the early 1980s where she helped raise her granddaughter.

Spindlefly as Amy


An enigmatic sixteen year old girl with a penchant for showing up at unexpected times.
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