Commander José Aguire loves the life of an explorer, but now is swept up in a conspiracy that threatens everything he believes in. One thing the conspirators didn’t count on was accidentally discovering an alien civilization while running from their own. Read BETWEEN EARTH AND ARCTURUS, the science fiction adventure that begins in the 28th century when mankind has ventured into space again, centuries after a disaster almost ended all life on Earth.
Click on the menu below to find a link to the episode list. For descriptions of each episode, check out my Show Notes at the top of the page. This is a work of fiction. Any similarity to real people or events is purely coincidental.
WARNING: Some of the language may be offensive, but no worse than you would expect in an R rated movie.
Special thanks to NASA for the image of the galaxy.
It's been about five months since I last met with the writers group that I belong to. For years we met monthly and corresponded via email between meetings. They have become some of my dearest friends and I miss them terribly. This week I hope to see them all again. We are each very different, and our diverse backgrounds, interests, and passions help to keep us from falling into the trap of niche perspective. The world today offers too much freedom to choose what news you get, whose opinion you listen to, and what entertainment you indulge in. In the past, we didn't have hundreds of news sources, so we couldn't seek out the ones which agreed with our own opinions. We didn't have a myriad of movies and television programs at our finger tips, so we all had a more-or-less common experience, and could at least understand each other. Being with people who not just like us keeps us connected to reality, and reminds us that our perspective is not the absolute standard for normal.
Yeah, that's me. This chamber is supposed to be able to simulate extreme conditions, such as the pressure and temperature at the center of Jupiter. Matter does strange things in extreme environments. Science can be a lot of work, but it is also very rewarding when you get to see it happen and then chat about it with the best minds in the field.
For the exceptional script, acting, and production
quality, We’re Alive is the gold standard of modern audio drama.I started listening a couple of weeks ago,
and if I had the time I would spend hours each day until reaching the end. As
it is, I’ve gotten through 12 episodes and love every second of it.
The premise of the show is survival of a small group
in Los Angeles during a zombie apocalypse. Characters come and go through the
course of the show and you don’t know who might die without warning.
Presented in a staggering 139 episodes starting in May
of 2009, the final episode came on 29 July 2014. The show is professionally
done in a real sound studio with a full cast of actors. Strangely, though it’s
an audio drama, the show is listed on www.imdb.com as a TV show. There, you can
find the full cast listed, many of whom you may recognize from film,
television, and theater.
If you don’t like zombie movies, let me assure you
that this is not a gore-fest. I don’t even consider it horror. This is drama.
This is suspense. This is story-telling at its finest.
You can download the episodes from: www.werealive.com/episodes/
Another gem of audio entertainment is 12.21.12, which
is based upon the novel 12.21.12: The Vessel (Tulipe Noire Press) by
Many other audio dramas are stand-alone episodes that can be
listened to out of sequence, which often don’t hold an audience for more than a
few installments, and tend to end abruptly without a satisfying conclusion. Not
so with this show. This is a novel-length reading in 22 episodes with no
distracting sound effects, but wonderful accents and variation in voices,
allowing the listener to follow the dialogue without any confusion.
This story is a supernatural / science fiction / mystery and
drama, following an archeologist on an adventure which uncovers ancient powers
that may bring the end of humanity on a certain date.
The plot flows beautifully from scene to scene and the
characters are intriguing. Each audio episode is nicely paced and packaged in lengths
that are easy to fit into lunchtime or bedtime listening. The audio quality is better
than many shows I’ve heard and the into/outro announcements are much better
than some other shows I’ve checked out. Killian credits Kevin MacLeod with the
I met Killian McRae in one of Seth Hardwood’s classes at
Stanford. She describes herself on her blog as “a rather boring lass”; an
assessment that I disagree with.
At this time, the audio release is available on iTunes for
free. The paper version is reasonably priced at Amazon and other outlets.
Killian has eight published novels that I am aware of, and
is associated with Tulipe Noire Press. You can find more at her blog. http://www.killianmcrae.com/blog-2/.
The Scorched Earth audio drama performed by the Texas Radio
Theatre Company is one that I highly recommend. I found the plot entertaining
and intriguing, the voices genuine, and the production quality outstanding.
The story follows the residents of Makepeace, Texas back in
the 70’s when a mysterious stranger arrives on a night when all the lights go
out. The mystery deepens as a conspiracy unfolds and powerful forces battle for
control of the future of the world.
My preference leans toward using sound effects for
supporting the atmosphere of a show, rather than overwhelming the listener. This
show certainly keeps the balance so well that the effects are not a distraction
from the plot while effectively enhancing the experience.
The show was written by Bruce R. Coleman, who is very active
in the Dallas, Texas area live theatre scene. Bruce wrote the two act comedy
Mythical Beastie which was performed at the Uptown Theatre Pride Festival in
September. He is currently directing A Civil War Christmas (by Paula Vogel) for
Theatre Three, where he is a resident artist, running until December 14th.
Bruce says that he wrote the nine part Scorched Earth two
episodes at a time. With his friends at Texas Radio Theatre Company, they would
record the two episodes in one session, then Rich Frohlich would get the
recordings into shape for publication (no small job) and release them over the
next two weeks while Bruce writes the next two episodes.
That’s not a schedule I would want to keep. My own audio
drama was usually recorded 4-8 episodes ahead of release, and I still felt
pressured. My hat’s off to the fabulous team that brought us this great show.
You can download the show at http://txradiotc.blogspot.com/2012/06/scorched-earth-complete.html.
Gaia’s Voyages (http://brokensea.com/gaia/), is a sci-fi
audio-drama about a zoo spaceship with the mission of preserving and protecting
ecologies across the galaxy…interesting concept. The first episode of Gaia’s
Voyages came out in 2009 and continued for a staggering four years of
entertaining audio. Elaine Barrett is the driving force behind this production,
and plays Captain Elizabeth Monroe also. David Ault’s distinctive voice is also
a major presence.
Elaine Barrett has plenty of audio drama experience, and fans
across the globe.
I found the plot and characters reminiscent of STNG in that
the characters are of diverse species and the humans have progressed beyond
racist and xenophobic tendencies. Their adventures are aboard a sentient
spaceship called Gaia, and they have a command structure also reminiscent of
the later Star Trek series.
The technical details will appeal to fans of ‘hard’ sci-fi;
the scientific facts and speculation are credible without bogging down the flow
of the story.
The part about the android’s romantic infatuation is a bit
over-the-top, but gives some comic relief.
The sound effects add atmosphere and round out the listening
experience, but were too loud and persistent for my taste, distracting
from the dialogue.
The main protagonist, Captain Monroe, came across as a bit
too cheerful and giggly for someone commanding a starship in deadly-serious
adventures, which may work in audio drama for an adolescent audience, but I
just couldn’t stick with it for that reason. I confess I only listened to a few
complete episodes, and sampled a few more of the later ones to see if it remained
Nevertheless, I am just one person. You can check it out for
yourself. By the way, BrokenSea Audio Productions has an extensive website with
many other offerings, well worth visiting.