Teija (silent J; rhymes with Leia) was raised by a Trekkie father and a bookish mother, which resulted in irreversible nerdiness from a very young age. Life as a gamer began when she discovered Sierra’s King’s Quest games and MS DOS Star Wars titles and then never looked back. There is always a book in her purse (alongside a loaded Kindle) and she’ll read just about anything with words on it, if given a chance.
Teija has multiple degrees in Modern German and Tsarist Russian history, and particularly hates it when Godwin’s Law is invoked in stupid arguments. Her big yearly vacation is Dragon Con, where she spends most of her time avoiding the large TV panels in favor of smaller literary panels, merch browsing, and people-watching. She has a son that she definitely dressed as Thor before he was even a year old, and she named her dog Indiana.
Teija’s All-Time Favorites:
Video Games (or series): Mass Effect, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age, Skyrim, The Sims, MarioKart, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Telltale Games (The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones), Portal, Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
Nostalgic Childhood Media: Tie Fighter, King’s Quest, Jem, Rainbow Brite, The Dark Crystal, The Neverending Story, Gremlins, The Last Unicorn, The Secret of N.I.M.H., Anne of Green Gables, Clarissa Explains it All, Salute Your Shorts, Legends of the Hidden Temple
Films (or series): Air Force One, Pacific Rim, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Star Wars, The Mummy
TV Shows: Star Trek (TNG, DS9), Farscape, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, Dead Like Me, The West Wing, Parks and Recreation, Veronica Mars, Game of Thrones, Agent Carter, The Good Place
Books (or series): Lord of the Rings, The Last Unicorn, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Harry Potter, The Martian, The Princess Bride, Song of the Lioness, Jurassic Park, Bitten, His Dark Materials, The Broken Earth trilogy, everything by Stephen King
Avengers: Thor, Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel
Sarah is a technical trainer by day and an aspiring fiction writer at night, which sort of makes her feel like a superhero only with a lot more wine. She started using a Macintosh Portable borrowed from her dad’s office at the age of 5 and hasn’t stepped away from a computer since.
A steady diet of Nintendo games, Star Wars EU novels, comic books, and Magic the Gathering as a child has defined her nerd life. As an adult this lead to a yearly sojourn to DragonCon where she and Teija get to spend an entire weekend with their kind of people.
Sarah has degrees in English and Library Science, which means she is never far from a steady supply of books. Nowadays you can find her reading Marvel comics and guzzling tea, when she’s not cosplaying as Natasha Romanoff or Barbara Gordon and intimidating 20-something nerds.
Sarah’s All-Time Favorites:
Video Games (or series): Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Tetris, Fable, Lego Star Wars, Assassins Creed, Call of Duty, Myst
Nostalgic Childhood Media: Robin Hood, Willow, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Super Mario Bros 3, Disney Afternoons, Labyrinth, Kings Quest, Sailor Moon
Films (or series): Star Wars, The Avengers, The Princess Bride, Blade Runner, Pacific Rim, Disney’s Robin Hood, Indiana Jones
TV Shows: The West Wing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Friday Night Lights, Battlestar Galactica, Vikings, Daredevil, Leverage, Warehouse 13
Books (or series): The Hero and the Crown, Troubling A Star, A Lesson Before Dying, Harry Potter, The Thrawn Trilogy, Vicious, The Stand
Avengers: Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
Lauren is a writer of YA speculative fiction and a dedicated eater of queso. She grew up constantly cold in Eastern Pennsylvania, and spent her childhood either devouring sci-fi novels by the fireplace or buried in blankets in front of a computer, working her way through nearly every adventure game Sierra put out. Now she lives in Middle Tennessee, where the temperature is far more agreeable, but she still only rarely ventures outside.
Lauren and her husband have two daughters, and are on a mission to introduce them to all their favorite books and movies from the ’80s and ’90s while they’re still young enough to think that’s cool. Three years ago they all dressed up as the Genderbent Avengers for Halloween (Iron Princess, Princess Captain America, Lady Hawkeye, and Black Widower), and have spent every year since trying to come up with bigger, better, nerdier family costumes.
Lauren’s All-Time Favorites:
Video Games (or series): Legend of Zelda, King’s Quest, Myst, Super Mario Bros. 3
Nostalgic Childhood Media: Batman: The Animated Series, X-Men: The Animated Series, Labyrinth, Willow, The Neverending Story, Legend, Anne of Green Gables, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Hook, The X-Files, The A-Team, John Grisham legal thrillers, everything by Michael Crichton, The Last Unicorn, The Secret of NIMH, Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake
Films (or series): Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Dead Poets Society, The Princess Bride, Galaxy Quest, Lord of the Rings, The Shawshank Redemption, The Prestige, Moulin Rouge, most of the MCU
TV Shows: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, LOST, Vikings, Daredevil, Veronica Mars, Parks & Recreation, Chuck
Books (or series): The Farseer/Liveships/Tawny Man/Fitz & the Fool series, Harry Potter, The Princess Bride, Jurassic Park, The BFG, The Martian
Avengers: Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Rogue