Lynne M. Thomas

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Lynne M. Thomas
Occupation Librarian, editor, archivist
Language English
Nationality American
Notable works Chicks Dig Time Lords
Notable awards Hugo Award
Spouse Michael Damian Thomas
Children Caitlin Thomas

Lynne M. Thomas is an American librarian, podcaster and award-winning editor based in DeKalb, Illinois. She has currently won three Hugo Awards (nominated eight times), which are on display with various Doctor Who-themed memorabilia.[1]


Thomas lives in DeKalb, Illinois with her husband, Michael Damian Thomas and both are Doctor Who fans.[1] She and her husband have one daughter, Caitlin, who has Aicardi syndrome.[2] Michael is a full time caregiver to Caitin.[2]


Thomas has been the head of rare books and special collections at Northern Illinois University (NIU) since 2004.[3] In her position as an archivist, she is in charge of the personal papers of over 75 science fiction authors such as Elizabeth Bear, Tamora Pierce and Kage Baker.[3][4][5] The collection also consists of "dime novel" science fiction books and children's literature.[3] One of the most interesting items in the collection is an "unused 'barf bag'" covered with an author's notes.[3] In addition to curating literary papers, Thomas is also interested in archiving digital ephemera.[6][7] She also highlights the special collections at NIU by creating displays based on a theme, such as gender and identity.[8]

In 2011,Thomas was the Editor-in-Chief[9] of the Hugo Award-nominated[10]Apex Magazine, a monthly science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine, taking over as editor with issue 30 and concluding her term with issue 55 in 2013.[11]

Thomas is very involved in Doctor Who fandom, though she remembers a time when the television show wasn't something most Americans knew about.[12] She was a co-editor on Chicks Dig Time Lords, a Doctor Who anthology. The anthology has its roots among Thomas's friends who were visiting together in Chicago and who owned a publishing house, Mad Norwegian Press.[13] It was Thomas's first anthology and was well received for "treating women's experiences with fandom seriously."[13] Chicks Dig Time Lords won a Hugo Award, marking the first time in Hugo history that a nonfiction book about fictional media has won in any category.[13] In January 2013, she became part of Verity!,an all-female hosted Doctor Who podcast.[14]

Another book that was nominated for the Hugo Awards was Chicks Dig Comics (with Sigrid Ellis).[15] Chicks Dig Comics is a feminist take on the world of fandom surrounding comic books.[16] She won a second and third Hugo Award for her participation in the SF Squeecast podcast with Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Catherynne M. Valente and David McHone-Chase,[10] and was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Fancast for a third time with Verity!.[17]

In 2014, Lynne and Michael Thomas decided to go back to magazine editing.[18] Thomas is currently the co-publisher and co-editor-in-chief of Uncanny Magazine with her husband.[19]


  • with Beth Whittaker, Special Collections 2.0: New Technologies for Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archival Collections (Libraries Unlimited, 2009).
  • with Tara O'Shea (editors), Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It (Mad Norwegian Press, 2010).
  • with Deborah Stanish (editors), Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them (Mad Norwegian Press, 2011).
  • with Sigrid Ellis (editors), Chicks Dig Comics: A Celebration of Comic Books by the Women Who Love Them (Mad Norwegian Press, 2012).
  • with John Klima and Michael Damian Thomas (editors), Glitter & Mayhem (Apex Publications, 2013).
  • Editor, The Book of Apex: Volume 4 (Apex Publications, 2013).



  1. ^ a b Borrelli, Christopher (27 April 2015). "Modern Nerd Decor Takes on a Tasteful, Adult Look". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 28 April 2015 – via Salina Journal. 
  2. ^ a b Thomas, Lynne M. "About Lynne". Confessions of a Curator, Editor, Writer, Geek: The Official Website of Lynne M. Thomas. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Spotlight on Lynne M. Thomas, Archivist". Locus Online (Locus Publications). 13 November 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Lynne Thomas (Principal Investigator)". IMLS About Us. Northern Illinois University. 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  5. ^ Thomas, Lynne (2008). "How Steven H Silver Helped Save the Archives of at Least 15 Authors for Posterity" (PDF). Argentus (Deerfield, IL: Argentus, Inc.). pp. 22–23. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  6. ^ Farley, Kate (15 November 2009). "Special Collections 2.0: New Technologies for Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archival Collections". Library Journal 134 (19): 72. ISSN 0363-0277. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  7. ^ Quinn, Mary Ellen (October 2009). "Something Special". American Libraries 40 (10). Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  8. ^ Ocasio, Ryan (26 August 2014). "Exhibition Examines Gender, Identity Notions". Norther Star. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Thomas to Edit Apex Magazine". Locus Online. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "2012 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  11. ^ "Masthead". Apex. Apex Publications. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  12. ^ Arminio, Aubry D. (4 December 2012). "Doctor Who Wins TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites Cover Contest". TV Guide. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c Roberts, Tansy Rayner (11 April 2012). "Chicks Dig Being Interviewed: Lynne M Thomas and Deborah Stanish". Doctor Her. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  14. ^ Roberts, Tansy Rayner (3 January 2013). "Verity!". Doctor Her. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "2011 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  16. ^ Scalzi, John (11 April 2012). "The Big Idea: Lynne M. Thomas". Whatever. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "2014 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 17 August 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  18. ^ Thomas, Lynne M.; Thomas, Michael Damian (27 August 2014). "Why We’re Creating Uncanny, a Real Magazine with a Fake History (and a Space Unicorn)". Macmillan. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
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