Welcome to Tosche Station!
Just what are we? Apart from being the subject of one of the greatest whines in cinema history, we’re a hub for geek culture news, discussion, and snark. As the name implies, the staff here are pretty fond of Star Wars. Be it the films, the games, the novels, or the comics, there’s a good chance we’re eager to talk about it. That isn’t to say we’re all about the Galaxy Far, Far Away all the time. We’re all nerds with diverse interests. You can expect tidbits about everything from movies to comics, television to books.
If you take a look up at the tabs atop the site, you’ll notice that we’ve also got something we like to call Tosche Station Radio, our official podcast brought to you by the Majestic Giraffe Network. Every week you can listen in to Brian and Nanci as they discuss the latest news in Star Wars, geek culture, and fandom in general.
Should our fandom ramblings on the blog and podcast prove to be insufficient to your needs, you can also get us in bite-sized doses on both Twitter and Facebook. Give us a follow and a Like for up-to-the minute updates on new content.
Shane, Nanci, Bria, Emily, Maggie, and Brian thank you for visiting and hope we’ll become a regular stop on your Internet commutes. As we like to say on the podcast, grab some power converters and enjoy the show.
About the staff:
Brian is a lifelong Seattle native and, quite likely, waterlogged. Before co-founding Tosche-Station.net, he was a staff writer at Roqoo Depot. A fan of Star Wars since age six, Brian has soaked up every bit of the Galaxy Far, Far Away he can get his hands on. He’s an avid fan of the films, novels, videogames, and has even played the long-forgotten Star Wars VHS Home Game.
Brian is an admirer of tech gadgets and shiny things. In his free time, he spends perhaps a bit too much time reading books and comics, playing video games, and tending to a very stubborn and demanding cat.
You can find him on Twitter with the handle @LaneWinree.
Nanci has been an Expanded Universe fanatic since first viewing the Original Trilogy in 1992 and subsequently devouring the Thrawn Trilogy. Her favorites include Mara Jade, anything Timothy Zahn has ever written, and pilots. She also loves Luke Skywalker maybe a bit too much.
When not working or tending to the needs of Tosche Station’s official mascot, Mara the dog, Nanci spends her time writing science fiction novels and short stories. (You can read about them on her blog! /shameless plug) Her other interests include space exploration, history, going to theme parks, and reading. Her goal in fandom (other than to make it a more welcoming place for female fans) is to encourage everyone to read the Mageworlds books.
You can find her on Twitter with the handle @Nancipants.
Shane loves Star Wars. He promises. He knows that sometimes it doesn’t look like it, but he really does! He just has really strong ideas about what Star Wars is and what it should be about and he tends to turn a terribly overcritical eye onto everything he reads. Shane has been out of the EU for quite a while, he’s followed Zahn’s work, but he doesn’t know anything after Survivor’s Quest chronologically. But he’s getting there. And oh, there is likely to be rage. And lulz. Hopefully.
Shane is also going to be keeping an eye on the rest of geek culture and may be posting primers on other parts of geekdom, comic books, video games, films and tv. There’s no telling what he might come up with.
You can find Shane on Twitter with the handle @Tank_Hippy.
Emily is Shane’s better half. In addition to putting up with Shane’s sometimes very eclectic interests, she’s been a Star Wars fan since middle school and a Trekkie her entire life. She discovered fanfic in high school, and her life was ever changed: particular favorites include more peripheral characters from the Expanded Universe.
When not wrangling her husband and their three cats, she’s working on her Ph.D. in English, which lets her bring an academic (and occasionally really pretentious) viewpoint to fandom. Her own interests are almost as eclectic as Shane’s, as she gets into almost anything and everything even remotely geek related with paranormal romance being a particular guilty pleasure. (But not Twilight. She does have standards.)
You can find Emily on Twitter with the handle @CarrKicksDoor.
Bria started out as being known to podcast listeners as “Brian’s bloody comic book enabler” and then somehow ended up becoming a writer here. She’s still not sure how that happened. Although she might be Tosche Station’s resident Marvel Comics geek, Star Wars has had her love for a much longer time. She literally doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t know Vader was Luke’s father.
When she’s not geeking out or frantically sewing costumes for conventions, she enjoys traveling around the world, learning other languages, and pretending that her degree in ‘International Stuff’ is going to come in useful one day. But it’s mostly sewing. And reading. She also runs a geek fashion blog called White Hot Room.
You can find Bria on Twitter with the handle @chaosbria.
Maggie is a full-time college student, but only because she hasn’t yet worked out a way to monetize ruining other people’s lives. Star Wars was the love that brought her to the internet, and is still very dear to her heart, though she’s recently fallen into an upsetting pattern of being extremely geeky about extremely not-geeky things. (It’s best you don’t ask.)
When she’s not busy reading, writing, or flailing about things on tumblr, she occasionally studies psychology and sociology, watches TV, and goes to hipster concerts. Other things you shouldn’t ask her about: her cats, why you should watch Fringe, and traveling. Because you will get more information than you care to know.