Podcasts are great for those long drives, and to avoid uncomfortable conversations -or silences- in waiting rooms or public transportation. If you are a hard core fan of Sci-Fi, these are the podcasts you can’t miss!
Welcome to Night Vale
This quirky podcast follows the news bulletin of a scientifically impossible town, as narrated by its beloved radio show host, Cecil Palmer (voiced by Cecil Baldwin). From a sentient patch of haze named Deb to the town’s Secret Police that knows everything about all its citizens, this audio drama combines surreal sci-fi elements with darker dystopia details for a fun, ongoing tale of mayhem and mystery.
Book Recommendations: Welcome to Night Vale the Novel by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Part mystery-thriller, part science fiction, this podcast knows how to play up the suspense. The true horror comes from what humans are capable of doing in the name of science. This audio drama follows news reporter Lia Haddock as she goes on a dangerous journey to discover her family’s past and what really happened in Limetown.
Book Recommendations: Limetown: The Prequel by Cote Smith, The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
For fans of Eldritch horror and Lovecraftian tales, this is the podcast to delve into. Creepy, horrific, and downright chilling, each season has its own story arc and cast of characters. They each have a thread running through them though that makes the mystery all that more titillating.
Book Recommendations: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
The Bright Sessions
This podcast follows the recordings of Dr. Joan Bright, therapist to the atypical. Think, X-Men get psychoanalyzed. There’s a cast of charming characters that make you emotionally invested with a plot for fans of government conspiracies.
Book Recommendations: The Infinite Noise (The Bright Sessions #1) by Lauren Shippen, Young Avengers, Volume 1: Sidekicks by Allan Heinberg
Within the Wires
This one comes from the creators of Welcome to Night Vale. Season 1 is a series of escape instructions for a patient at an institute disguised as relaxation tapes, while season 2 is a set of museum guide recordings, and season 3 is the recorded notes of a government employee, all indicating a world with an alternate history from our own.
Book Recommendations: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick
This is an exciting and hilarious romp through space with the crew of the Hephaestus Space Station. The audio drama takes place through the daily log of the Communications Officer, Doug Eiffel, a brilliant, but slacker, technical specialist. Though the show came to an end, it’s still one of the best sci-fi podcasts for those who love a fun and wacky space adventure.
Book Recommendations: The Martian by Andy Weir, Star Wars: Poe Dameron, Vol. 1: Black Squadron by Charles Soule
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