We are midway through the 26th Century, out at the edge of Human space, in the Teegarden system.
John B, a humble repairman and "former human" (having lost his legal status as such), has left the Earth for mysterious reasons. He is perhaps the unluckiest being in the galaxy.
He has wound up at the Human Exchange Concourse, or the "HEC," once the site of Humanity's First Galactic Fair. It was the biggest flop in Human history. "The Fairgrounds" is perhaps the unluckiest place in Human space. You don't go there, you end up there.
John's luck seems to have changed when he gets a good apartment at an amazingly reasonable price only to find his roommate is Althaar, an Iltorian, who is determined to befriend a Human (Iltorians are the kindest, nicest species in all known space, and natural diplomats, beloved by almost all, but their slightest presence causes Humans to instinctively respond with panic, fear, disgust, nausea, and loss of bodily functions).
Can a Human and Iltorian live together without one of them driving the other crazy?
Midseason Check-In with Ian & Berit - No New Episode This Week
In which Ian & Berit, the co-creators of LIFE WITH ALTHAAR announce the postponement of episode 33, and make a polite request for donations (and tell you how to do that).
Episode 32: Luck of the Drew
In which we meet Drew, who is full of hate. Drew hates the Fugulnari, with very good reason. Drew hates John B, for what appears to be good reason. Drew is full of hate because he has had his love taken away from him, and is now on a journey of revenge and discovery across the Fairgrounds that might be far more dangerous to his allies than to their common enemy.
Episode 31: The Xybidont with the Golden Carapace
In which, for the good of his friends, Xtopps decides he has to kick his peanut butter habit, and we experience the horrors of a Xybidont in withdrawal from the cursed legume. Meanwhile, Vert accidentally stumbles upon the Resistance's secret domain, and must choose between joining them, or probably being blown out an airlock, if you call that a choice.
Episode 30: The Union Forever
In which the various groups and people of the Fairgrounds opposed to the authoritarian rule of the Fugulnari over the Humans seek out alliances with other species to aid their cause. For Torianna, this means a most-unanticipated meeting with the Dilurians. For John, it means a history lesson on Robot/Human Labor Relations. For Xtopps, it means a slight return to his aristocratic roots. And for Althaar, it means a surprise visit from some Gendarans.
Episode 29: And That's the Way It Is
In which the documentary on the Fugulnari occupation of the Fairgrounds is broadcast, and all of the residents who hoped it would show the truth of what is happening there are indeed amazed at what can be done in post. Meanwhile, with most of the station distracted by the documentary, the Resistance attempts to take advantage of a temporary glitch in security to install monitoring devices in the brig, allowing them more direct access to the political prisoner, Dee.
Episode 28: False Faces, True Colors
In which tension, apprehension, and dissension have, if not begun, continued apace. As Frondrinax attempts to secretly guide an official fact-finding mission around the Fairgrounds, doing all she can to avoid showing the Fugulnari oppression of Humans, the Resistance and Commander Torianna do all they can to subvert her efforts, being aided in this by the sudden arrival of a delegation of surprisingly-disturbing aliens. Meanwhile, Althaar receives advice on his concerns about John B from a noted, if exceptionally drunk, actor.
Can’t recommend highly enough
I’m blown away by the quality of this audio drama. The dedication and hard work of the team putting it together and performing it really shines. The first episode was quirky and interesting, but by the 4th episode I was hooked. Give it a try for some feel-good listening!
Give it a Listen!
This podcast is wonderful! I honestly don’t know how it hasn’t gotten more hype! The production value is really excellent, even better than many popular, better-known podcasts. John’s journey as a human-reclassified-robot in the new and at times frightening Trade Center and his experiences with his grotesque, yet kind-hearted roommate Althaar make for a story that is both lighthearted and intriguing! I highly recommend it for all those fans of audio-dramas out there. So give it a listen, and I hope you enjoy!
I love this podcast
I hardly ever write reviews, but this one needs more. This is such a well done podcast. The curve was a little high on the first episode with so much happening and explained but I’ve listened to the whole show three times and I’m still catching running gags. The EOS10 comparisons are apt.