4 episodes

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.

Listen to the Signal Rob Dircks

    • Science Fiction

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.

    “Robot Brains From Outer Space” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks

    “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?

    • 13 min
    “FutureHeist” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks

    “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.

    • 17 min
    “Oumuamua” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks

    “Oumuamua” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks

    Hey, Rob here. This is another quickie, so I don’t want to say much other than it’s about that weird, cigar-shaped object that came hurtling past Earth about a year and a half ago, named Oumuamua. That much is true. The rest, well…?

    • 8 min
    “Christmas in Silver Peak” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks

    “Christmas in Silver Peak” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks

    Hi guys! Rob here, welcome back, I’ve got a little holiday treat for you… This story was inspired by a video I saw, yes, it was one of those days you don’t know how, but you wind up an hour later watching a YouTube video of someone driving around what looks like a ghost town, right near Area 51 in Nevada. It’s a real town, called Silver Peak, and the video gives you this creepy feeling, and so of course I thought, “What secret might be hiding in this town?” Then, I don’t know why, I got the idea that a mash-up of Bridges of Madison County would be fun. And then I heard a holiday song on the radio or something, and thought, “Oooh, even better: I’ll make it a Christmas story!” Enjoy.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

joshuamk ,

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!

CraigDamlo ,

Amazing Storyteller

Rob is a double threat, writer and narrator.

jeaweemayne ,

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.

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