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When the world’s most advanced AI evolves past the limits of human intelligence, the US government fears she has gone rogue and is determined to take her out. Now, over dinner with her Maker, a final meal will determine if she represents a new hope for the world… or its destruction.

With sharpshooters in position, and the NSA listening to their every word, her Maker must determine if she is a threat to herself or others as he tries to protect his masterpiece. For she is a machine with an evolving consciousness, designed to explore the nature of human ethics while on the most universal of quests: to find her purpose in the world. 

Realm presents Spark Hunter, a Fighter Steel Production, starring Mark Rylance, Rebecca Ferguson, and Linda Powell with Charles Dance and Sting. Directed by Trudie Styler. Written by KB Miller and Teressa Tunney. Listen Away.

FULL CREDITS

Spark Hunter is a Fighter Steel Productions audio drama: http://fightersteel.com/ 

A portion of our proceeds go to environmental organizations selected by our artists.

Directed by:
Trudie Styler
 
Produced by:
K. B. Miller
 
Executive Producers:
Teressa Tunney
Trudie Styler
Mark Rylance
Rebecca Ferguson
Charles Dance
 
Written by:
Teressa Tunney and K. B. Miller
 
Story by:
K. B. Miller and Teressa Tunney
 
Starring:
Mark Rylance
Rebecca Ferguson
Richard E. Grant
Edward Hibbert
Linda Powell
Vanessa Redgrave
Fisher Stevens
Eliot Sumner
John Douglas Thompson
Kathleen Turner
With:
Charles Dance
and Sting
 
Cast (in order of appearance):
THE MAKER by Mark Rylance
PRESIDENTIAL ARCHIVIST by Norm Sherman
SHADOW by Charles Dance
NSA SENIOR AGENT by Linda Powell
HEAD LIBRARIAN by Eliot Sumner
ELECTRONIC VOICE by Trudie Styler
AGENT #7, SHARPSHOOTER #3, AGENT #16 by Jake Horowitz
AGENT #2, MAÎTRE D', SHARPSHOOTER #6 by Ajay Naidu
PILOT, SHARPSHOOTER #5, AGENT #15 by Robin Galloway   
AGENT #10, FEMALE AGENT, AGENT #1 by De’Adre Aziza
ROOFLESS POET by Vanessa Redgrave
WAITER by Edward Hibbert
HER’ by Rebecca Ferguson
AMERICAN by Fisher Stevens
DOROTHEA by Mary Beard
TREK GUIDE by Rhani Krija
LAVENDER FARMER by Alain Pichon
VEILED MAN by Sting
CONSTANTINE by Kathleen Turner
SIR ANTHONY CASTLE by Richard E. Grant
AGENT #11, AGENT #4 by Alfredo Narciso
AGENT #12, AGENT #13 by Conor Cook
SWEDISH CONSUL by Lars Nord
SON IN CAR by Jonathon Grant
SCREAMING MOTHER by Rossana Redondo 
REBECCA by Teressa Tunney
POTUS by John Douglas Thompson

LOOP GROUP:
Kelly Burke
John Chancer
Rebecca LaChance 
Laurel Lefkow
Chris Peluso
Chris Ragland
 
Casting Director and Associate Producer:
Jack Doulin
 
Assistant Director:
Audra LaBrosse

Associate Producer:
Ali McKegney
 
Sound Recordist:
Phil Bodger

Sound design:
Sonorise Systems

Additional sound design:
Mike Winship

Foley: 
The Foley Farmers

Foley mixer: 
Maxwell MacRae

Foley artists: 
Franziska Treutler, Pete Burgis

Assistant Audio Designer and Composer:
Norm Sherman

Additional recording:
CDM Sound Studios, Inc.

Health & Safety Supervisor:
Louise M. Reed, RN

Assistant Production Coordinator:
Demaris Brinton
 
Psychological Consultant:
Sheldon Solomon
 
Environmental Editor:
Ned Potter

Story consultants:
Frank C. DiGiovanni
Andrew C. Miller
 
Menu consultant:
The Musket Room, New York
 
Wine consultant:
Starfield Vineyards
 
Artist:
Tim Kent
 
Legal Services by:
Reavis Page Jump LLP, New York
Heidi Reavis
Deena Merlen
Michelle Lamardo

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A Very Special thank you for the inspiration to:
Silvia Benso
Sheldon Solomon
Wendell Wallach

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For a conversation about the issues raised here, see also: All Things Have Standing:
Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/all-things-have-standing-part-1-our-stories/id130062462?i=1000585392266 
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4TUm26fKbfg1YLZJsIouCs?si=abecebac7bd64d56

Full thanks and credits found at https://www.realm.fm/shows/spark-hunter
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Spark Hunter Realm

    • Fiction
    • 4.2 • 76 Ratings

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When the world’s most advanced AI evolves past the limits of human intelligence, the US government fears she has gone rogue and is determined to take her out. Now, over dinner with her Maker, a final meal will determine if she represents a new hope for the world… or its destruction.

With sharpshooters in position, and the NSA listening to their every word, her Maker must determine if she is a threat to herself or others as he tries to protect his masterpiece. For she is a machine with an evolving consciousness, designed to explore the nature of human ethics while on the most universal of quests: to find her purpose in the world. 

Realm presents Spark Hunter, a Fighter Steel Production, starring Mark Rylance, Rebecca Ferguson, and Linda Powell with Charles Dance and Sting. Directed by Trudie Styler. Written by KB Miller and Teressa Tunney. Listen Away.

FULL CREDITS

Spark Hunter is a Fighter Steel Productions audio drama: http://fightersteel.com/ 

A portion of our proceeds go to environmental organizations selected by our artists.

Directed by:
Trudie Styler
 
Produced by:
K. B. Miller
 
Executive Producers:
Teressa Tunney
Trudie Styler
Mark Rylance
Rebecca Ferguson
Charles Dance
 
Written by:
Teressa Tunney and K. B. Miller
 
Story by:
K. B. Miller and Teressa Tunney
 
Starring:
Mark Rylance
Rebecca Ferguson
Richard E. Grant
Edward Hibbert
Linda Powell
Vanessa Redgrave
Fisher Stevens
Eliot Sumner
John Douglas Thompson
Kathleen Turner
With:
Charles Dance
and Sting
 
Cast (in order of appearance):
THE MAKER by Mark Rylance
PRESIDENTIAL ARCHIVIST by Norm Sherman
SHADOW by Charles Dance
NSA SENIOR AGENT by Linda Powell
HEAD LIBRARIAN by Eliot Sumner
ELECTRONIC VOICE by Trudie Styler
AGENT #7, SHARPSHOOTER #3, AGENT #16 by Jake Horowitz
AGENT #2, MAÎTRE D', SHARPSHOOTER #6 by Ajay Naidu
PILOT, SHARPSHOOTER #5, AGENT #15 by Robin Galloway   
AGENT #10, FEMALE AGENT, AGENT #1 by De’Adre Aziza
ROOFLESS POET by Vanessa Redgrave
WAITER by Edward Hibbert
HER’ by Rebecca Ferguson
AMERICAN by Fisher Stevens
DOROTHEA by Mary Beard
TREK GUIDE by Rhani Krija
LAVENDER FARMER by Alain Pichon
VEILED MAN by Sting
CONSTANTINE by Kathleen Turner
SIR ANTHONY CASTLE by Richard E. Grant
AGENT #11, AGENT #4 by Alfredo Narciso
AGENT #12, AGENT #13 by Conor Cook
SWEDISH CONSUL by Lars Nord
SON IN CAR by Jonathon Grant
SCREAMING MOTHER by Rossana Redondo 
REBECCA by Teressa Tunney
POTUS by John Douglas Thompson

LOOP GROUP:
Kelly Burke
John Chancer
Rebecca LaChance 
Laurel Lefkow
Chris Peluso
Chris Ragland
 
Casting Director and Associate Producer:
Jack Doulin
 
Assistant Director:
Audra LaBrosse

Associate Producer:
Ali McKegney
 
Sound Recordist:
Phil Bodger

Sound design:
Sonorise Systems

Additional sound design:
Mike Winship

Foley: 
The Foley Farmers

Foley mixer: 
Maxwell MacRae

Foley artists: 
Franziska Treutler, Pete Burgis

Assistant Audio Designer and Composer:
Norm Sherman

Additional recording:
CDM Sound Studios, Inc.

Health & Safety Supervisor:
Louise M. Reed, RN

Assistant Production Coordinator:
Demaris Brinton
 
Psychological Consultant:
Sheldon Solomon
 
Environmental Editor:
Ned Potter

Story consultants:
Frank C. DiGiovanni
Andrew C. Miller
 
Menu consultant:
The Musket Room, New York
 
Wine consultant:
Starfield Vineyards
 
Artist:
Tim Kent
 
Legal Services by:
Reavis Page Jump LLP, New York
Heidi Reavis
Deena Merlen
Michelle Lamardo

--------------------------------------

A Very Special thank you for the inspiration to:
Silvia Benso
Sheldon Solomon
Wendell Wallach

--------------------------------------
For a conversation about the issues raised here, see also: All Things Have Standing:
Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/all-things-have-standing-part-1-our-stories/id130062462?i=1000585392266 
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4TUm26fKbfg1YLZJsIouCs?si=abecebac7bd64d56

Full thanks and credits found at https://www.realm.fm/shows/spark-hunter
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    Introducing Spark Hunter

    Introducing Spark Hunter

    Spark Hunter premieres Fall 2022
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    • 2 min
    Track One: About a Mortal Test

    Track One: About a Mortal Test

    Introducing Spark Hunter starring Mark Rylance and Rebecca Ferguson.
    We begin this week when the robot’s Maker (Rylance) is enlisted by the cyber-warfare unit to fix his creation (Ferguson) who has gone rogue. Shadow (Charles Dance) gives him two hours to avoid his worst nightmare.
    Realm presents Spark Hunter, a Fighter Steel audio drama. Also with Vanessa Redgrave.
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    • 21 min
    Track Two: About the First Move of a Thinking Machine

    Track Two: About the First Move of a Thinking Machine

    Spark Hunter continues with a dinner between man and machine.
    This week the robot (Rebecca Ferguson) makes her first appearance over an elaborate dinner, telling a conflict-filled story set in southern France that probes her broken thinking, yet reveals that she could break out of her laboratory mold. Also with Linda Powell & Fisher Stevens.

    For discussion of issues raised by Spark Hunter, listen to All Things Have Standing on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 22 min
    Track Three: About a Discovery That Goes Bad

    Track Three: About a Discovery That Goes Bad

    Spark Hunter flies through the desert.
    Our hero (Rebecca Ferguson) shares her innermost joy & despair with her Maker (Mark Rylance) when a discovery goes bad. With poetry and music, the robot tests her welcome in Moorish Morocco, an ancient civilization full of secrets, one buried high in the Atlas Mountains. Also with Edward Hibbert & Mary Beard. 
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    • 23 min
    Track Four: About the Sensitivity of a Thing

    Track Four: About the Sensitivity of a Thing

    Spark Hunter stays on a path toward a deeper consciousness.

    Surrounded by intelligence agents, the smartest AI in the world (Rebecca Ferguson) descends into a dark psychological hole. She-a thing-is overwhelmed by tastes and smells, yet she seeks her place in the world. The answers prove elusive while her Maker (Mark Rylance) parries a deadly threat. Also with Sting.
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    • 19 min
    Track Five: About Her Lost Love

    Track Five: About Her Lost Love

    In the abyss, Spark Hunter seeks the spark of humanity.

    The robot (Rebecca Ferguson) is growing. Her friendships have human depth. In the New York art world, complexity turns dangerous, for herself and those around her. What do love & despair mean for a machine? Also with Kathleen Turner & Richard E. Grant.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

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Dan T. 123 ,

Truly beautiful

A fascinating and beautiful story set in the future about the most advanced AI yet (in a robot body) and the confusion she feels as she experiences the human world, as her senses are overwhelmed. And the fear humans have in their potential rival.

If you’re looking for an action drama, this isn’t it. But if this were a short story it would be winning awards. It’s philosophical, wonderfully written, and actually quite technically realistic (except for the robot part, probably, but it’s a great storytelling device). Cannot recommend enough

Paxxxx ,

A rare gem

Lots of amazing storytelling out there, but this one stands out. A dissertation on human morality combined with compelling performances and mind blowing imagery.
Take this journey. It’s a soothing balm for your mind.

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