The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a serialized science-fiction story for kids (start with Episode 1), told in 15-20 minute episodes for parents to put on when driving around town, or to marathon on road trips, or to bond over before bed. The story centers on Finn Caspian, an 8-year-old boy aboard The Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station. He and his friends Abigail, Elias and Vale are Explorers Troop 301, taking off from the Marlowe to explore uncharted planets, help the occasional alien, and solve a mystery that threatens to destroy the Marlowe. When pressed, we describe it as a "mystery gang" story, sort of like Scooby-Doo in space.
The story is written and performed by Jonathan Messinger, author of Hiding Out, former web editor of Time Out Chicago Kids, and father of two boys. His son Griffin, 7, serves as editor of the story, appearing in episodes to critique, make predictions and express skepticism that his father knows what he's talking about, which also happens to be the way the rest of their relationship works.
Where is Vale?
This week is our annual Halloween special, and it finds the explorers back on the Marlowe. But this time, they’ve brought something back from their explorations!
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Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music. Other music is by Visager, used via Creative Commons.
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New live show!
Big news is that we’re having a live event on Saturday. It’s free and it’s on Zoooooooommm. It happens at 4pm Central Time on Saturday, and it’s hosted by The Book Cellar here in Chicago. To register, you just have to email email@example.com subject line: Finn Caspian/Messinger RSVP. Hope to see you there!
The Accidental Volcano
Hi there! Here’s a little excerpt of the second Finn book. Big news is that we’re having a live event on Saturday. It’s free and it’s on Zoooooooommm. It happens at 4pm Central Time on Saturday, and it’s hosted by The Book Cellar here in Chicago. To register, you just have to email firstname.lastname@example.org subject line: Finn Caspian/Messinger RSVP. Hope to see you there!
The Fuzzy Apocalypse
This is a very, very, very special episode for us. Today we’ll be reading the first chapter of The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian: The Fuzzy Apocalypse. That’s the first book in the new Finn Caspian series! We’re also giving away stickers to anyone who buys the book. You can find links to the book at finncaspian.com/books. I hope you like it!
Warming up for next week!
Getting back in the swing of things with season 7!