Listen to the Signal – and find #1 Audible Bestselling Author Rob Dircks on his quest for answers to questions like "What would happen if a smartphone game was so addictive EVERYONE played it at once?" or "When we discovered Pluto's new moon Nix in 2005, did we catch someone discovering us?" Every month (or so), he writes an original science fiction short story and narrates it for your listening pleasure. ENJOY! You can find Rob and connect at listentothesignal.com, robdircks.com, on Twitter at @RobDircks, and Facebook at facebook.com/robdircksauthor.
“Swatch” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks
Hey guys, Rob here. As you might know, I’m into the whole Mars rover thing, and I was psyched to find out they included an extra little package inside it this time — a helicopter. And even cooler, they fastened an actual swatch of fabric from the original Wright Brothers Flyer to the underside of its solar panel! So that got me thinking: I know they’re super careful about not letting bio material contaminate the moon or Mars, but what if, for this tiny swatch, they sort of forgot to check? What might happen?
“The Other Ted” by Wendy Mass and Rob Dircks
Hey, Rob here. Have I got a treat for you! I’ve finally branched out and collaborated with some great folks on a story. Wendy Mass, NY Times bestselling author, reached out to me last year to co-author a short sci-fi story to submit to the talented Alex Shvartsman, who was publishing the latest in his anthology series Unidentified Funny Objects. So we came up with a story in correspondence, from an alien liaison to the U.S. President, about the impending colonization of Earth and how wonderful it would be. We were just having fun, but it turned out pretty damned good, so Alex accepted and published it. And now, with myself and the narration of Audie-award-winning Khristine Hvam, I present… "The Other Ted."
“Happy Sun Vitamin C!” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks
Hey, Rob here. I’ve been sitting on this article for a couple of years, not knowing what to do with it. It’s the true story of the Chinese government’s spy infiltration of major companies and government agencies in the U.S. through the use of a tiny, undetectable chip placed on computer motherboards. I couldn’t even believe it when I read it. Anyway, I started thinking, “What if they could make that technology even smaller? Even more undetectable? What would the limit be? Would there even be a limit?”...
“I, Reggie” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks
Hey, Rob here. So you know how it goes, I get myself down an Internet rabbit hole, and I wind up on this thought problem called The Ship of Theseus. I won’t tell you what it is, it’s in the story, but it reminded me of that factoid that every seven years all of our cells are replaced, the old ones dying and the new ones growing, and we’re essentially a new person. Now, we humans don’t notice it, and can’t do anything with the old bits, but what if there was a life form that could? Read on...
“Robot Brains From Outer Space” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks
Hey guys. Apparently scientists have been growing brain organoids for a while – taking human stem cells and cultivating little clusters of neurons, to help with brain disease research. At some point someone raised the ethical question, “what if we grow a brain that gains consciousness?” But everyone pooh-poohed that idea, I mean, come on, it’s just a cluster of cells, right?
“FutureHeist” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks
Hi guys, Rob here. This story's been bouncing around in my head for a loooong time. I hate to do this, but once again I can't tell you much about it up front, other than it's about a heist with two long-time professional thieves, and that their mission doesn't go as expected.
Great creative stories!
I first learned about Rob through his books on Audible, and I really enjoyed his Tesla series. From there I learned about his short stories, and I’ve really loved listening to these as well! Rob writes creative, original, and often humorous sci-fi, and I look forward to new material!
Rob is a double threat, writer and narrator.
It's hard to choose a favorite story. I subscribed right away!
I've always been fascinated with science fiction, or perhaps now -- speculative fiction. Whatever it's called, I love these stories.
Rob is incredibly imaginative, and in such a short period of time he brings to life amazing, lovable characters. I've been a fan of his stories and narration for a while; starting with his book, 'Where the Hell is Tesla?.'
I'm looking forward to the next podcast.