In October 1938, Orson Welles’ broadcast of H G Wells’ The War of the Worlds caused consternation in America. To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the celebrated writer, the editors at Audible UK picked their favourite current SF audios:
Authors: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, Kathryn Drysdale, Laurel Lefkow, Andrea Deck, Mac McDonald
£21.49 (free for Audible subscribers) Available at Audible.co.uk
As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell – and trimonite, the hardest material known to man.
When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey. Hoop and his associates uncover a nest of Xenomorphs, and hell takes on a new meaning.
Quickly they discover that their only hope lies with the unlikeliest of saviours; Ellen Ripley, the last human survivor of the salvage ship Nostromo.
Created by: Two-Up Productions
Free, Available on iTunes
Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again.
In this seven-part podcast, American Public Radio host Lia Haddock asks the question once more, “What happened to the people of Limetown?”. The fictional podcast follows journalist Lia Haddock as she investigates the infamous disappearance of a doomed research facility.
Author: Douglas Adams
Narrated by: Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan, Stephen Moore
£14.00 (free for Audible subscribers), Available on Audible.co.uk
A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation’s Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll.
Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope’s arrangement of the familiar theme tune, with newly recorded announcements by John Marsh.
Authors: Matt Fitton, Andrew Smith, John Dorney, Jonathan Morris
Produced by: Big Finish
Narrated by: Lucy Fleming, Ian McCulloch, Louise Jameson, Terry Molloy, John Banks, Carolyn Seymour
£49.99 (free for Audible subscribers), Available on Audible.co.uk
It begins with just a few people falling ill. Another flu virus that spreads around the globe. And then the reports begin that people are dying.
When most of the world’s population is wiped out, a handful of survivors are left to pick up the pieces. Cities become graveyards. Technology becomes largely obsolete. Mankind must start again.
Authors: Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
Narrated by: Cecil Baldwin
£19.99 (free for Audible subscribers); Available on Audible.co.uk
Night Vale is a small desert town where all the conspiracy theories you’ve ever heard are actually true. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.
Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked ‘KING CITY’ by a mysterious man in a tan jacket. She can’t seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and no one who meets this man can remember anything about him.
Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City before she herself unravels. Diane Crayton’s son, Josh, is moody and also a shape-shifter. And lately Diane’s started to see her son’s father everywhere she goes, looking the same as the day he left years earlier. Josh, looking different every time Diane sees him, shows a stronger and stronger interest in his estranged father, leading to a disaster Diane can see coming, even as she is helpless to prevent it.
Diane’s search to reconnect with her son and Jackie’s search for her former routine life collide as they find themselves coming back to two words: ‘KING CITY’. It is King City that holds the key to both of their mysteries and their futures…if they can ever find it.
Author: GE Podcast Theater / Panoply / Cyphercast
Free, Available on iTunes
The Message is a podcast following the weekly reports and interviews from Nicky Tomalin, who is covering the decoding of a message from outer space received 70 years ago.
Over the course of 8 episodes we get an inside ear on how a top team of cryptologists attempt to decipher, decode, and understand the alien message.
The Message is a co-production between Panoply and GE Podcast Theatre, unlocking the secrets of healing with sound technology.