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Life's not easy for Doug Eiffel, the communications officer for the U.S.S. Hephaestus Research Station, currently on Day 448 of its orbit around red dwarf star Wolf 359. He's stuck on a scientific survey mission of indeterminate length, 7.8 light years from Earth. His only company on board the station are stern mission chief Minkowski, insane science officer Hilbert, and Hephaestus Station's sentient, often malfunctioning operating system Hera. He doesn't have much to do for his job other than monitoring static and intercepting the occasional decades-old radio broadcast from Earth, so he spends most of his time creating extensive audio logs about the ordinary, day-to-day happenings within the station. But the Hephaestus is an odd place, and life in extremely isolated, zero gravity conditions has a way of doing funny things to people's minds. Even the simplest of tasks can turn into a gargantuan struggle, and the most ordinary-seeming things have a way of turning into anything but that. Wolf 359 is a radio drama in the tradition of Golden Age of Radio shows. Take one part space-faring adventure, add one part character drama, and mix in one part absurdist sitcom, and you get Wolf 359. New episodes are released every two weeks.

Wolf 359 Kinda Evil Genius Productions

    • Science-Fiction
    • 4.9, 32 Bewertungen

Life's not easy for Doug Eiffel, the communications officer for the U.S.S. Hephaestus Research Station, currently on Day 448 of its orbit around red dwarf star Wolf 359. He's stuck on a scientific survey mission of indeterminate length, 7.8 light years from Earth. His only company on board the station are stern mission chief Minkowski, insane science officer Hilbert, and Hephaestus Station's sentient, often malfunctioning operating system Hera. He doesn't have much to do for his job other than monitoring static and intercepting the occasional decades-old radio broadcast from Earth, so he spends most of his time creating extensive audio logs about the ordinary, day-to-day happenings within the station. But the Hephaestus is an odd place, and life in extremely isolated, zero gravity conditions has a way of doing funny things to people's minds. Even the simplest of tasks can turn into a gargantuan struggle, and the most ordinary-seeming things have a way of turning into anything but that. Wolf 359 is a radio drama in the tradition of Golden Age of Radio shows. Take one part space-faring adventure, add one part character drama, and mix in one part absurdist sitcom, and you get Wolf 359. New episodes are released every two weeks.

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4.9 von 5
32 Bewertungen

32 Bewertungen

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One of the very best fiction podcasts

tl;dr
Wolf 359 is an award-winning sci-fi podcast with a great plot, the most talented voice-actors, gripping writing, relatable characters, amazing sound effects and music and you should start listening to it now.

And the long version of this review:
Seven and a half light-years away from earth the USS Hephaestus floats in space. A lazy pop culture-crazy communications officer, a strict commander who knows Pryce and Carter's Deep Space Survival Procedure and Protocol Manual by heart, a sarcastic AI and a mad scientist have to deal with all sorts of technical problems, secret plans, a plant monster, the Empty Man, the Dear Listeners and all the problems Eiffel's mad plans caused.

The plot is consistent and the episodes range from really creepy horror (the Empty Man) to incredibly funny episodes (Funzo), but there's always a lot of humour.
The characters are unique, consistent and amazingly loveable.
The music by composer Alan Rodi is great too. And that's not just the theme song, but all the music in every episode, every character's theme song is amazing. The soundtrack is available on bandcamp, too and the song titles are just incredible.

The voice acting is great (especially Zach Valenti's) and the voices are really easy to tell apart, even when later the cast is expanded to eight actors.

The sound is always cristal clear, the sound effects are on point and support the narrative in a way that expands the audio format. There's even an episode (Quiet, please) where silence is a major plot device and it is one of the best episodes.

An if that's not enough: Wolf 359 has trigger warnings before each episode, no advertisements, special mini-episodes, special two hour-long episodes, LGBTQ+ characters, no romantic relationships (but relationships that are even more touching) and strong female characters. And if that's not enough reason for you to start listening now: The show ended in December 2017, so you can now binge-listen all 61 episodes of it!
The first episode is understandably not on the same level as the later episodes, but just listen to it and I promise you, you'll be hooked at the latest at episode 9.

lenitz ,

Addicting

Great Podcast! It starts out a bit slow but once things get rolling I couldn't stop listening. It's very well made and extremely atmospheric

Alex Gabe ,

Excellent SciFi Podcast!

Great SF with all the classic elements, humor, and interesting and engaging characters. Slow build and then it really takes off! Highly recommended for all scifi fans.

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