23 episodes

A down-to-Earth sci-fi road trip, The Book of Constellations is a story about Rael, who claims to be the sole survivor of an alien race, as told by Simon, the man who went with him. On a quest to save humanity from the same malevolent force that destroyed his own people, Rael believes this “Darkness” resides in the Governor of the state. Rael makes his way west to the Capitol armed with nothing but his uncanny perception and empathy. He gathers allies along the way from the forgotten and lost of America. Rael’s obsession won’t allow him to mourn another world, but how far is he willing to go to save us?

The Book of Constellations W. Keith Tims

    • Fiction
    • 4.5 • 33 Ratings

A down-to-Earth sci-fi road trip, The Book of Constellations is a story about Rael, who claims to be the sole survivor of an alien race, as told by Simon, the man who went with him. On a quest to save humanity from the same malevolent force that destroyed his own people, Rael believes this “Darkness” resides in the Governor of the state. Rael makes his way west to the Capitol armed with nothing but his uncanny perception and empathy. He gathers allies along the way from the forgotten and lost of America. Rael’s obsession won’t allow him to mourn another world, but how far is he willing to go to save us?

    Coffee is a Metaphor

    Coffee is a Metaphor

    Simon, on the worst day of his life, meets Rael. The record is set straight about Rael’s skin color. An invitation is made, and a threat comes to Lulu’s Diner.
    For more information, visit http://bookofconstellations.com
    Twitter: @bookofcon
    Email: bookofconstellations@gmail.com
    Write to Rael: rael@bookofconstellations.com

    Music for this episode:
    “Lake Monroe” by Rest You Sleeping Giant. (CC BY 4.0 License) -  Bandcamp Page!
    “Blues Driver” by Rozkol. (CC BY 3.0 License) - Bandcamp Page!
    “Profound Mystery” by John Bartmann (CC0 1.0 License) -  Webpage!
    “Cycles” by Pictures of the Floating World. (CC0 1.0 License) - Spotify!

    • 31 min
    We Have to Help Him

    We Have to Help Him

    Simon, Rael, Dorine the waitress and Gary the cook, find themselves at the mercy of the Theta Group. A nose is broken, a sticker is explained, and Rael changes Dorine’s life.
    Support this show: https://glow.fm/bookofconstellations
    Email: bookofconstellations@gmail.com
    Twitter: @bookofcon
    Homepage: https://bookofconstellations.com
    Write to Rael: rael@bookofconstellations.com

    Music for this episode:
    “Away” and “Glimpse of Eternity” by Meydän. (CC BY 4.0 License) – Linktree!
    “Cycles” by Pictures of the Floating World. (CC0 1.0 License)

    • 26 min
    Moon or Bust

    Moon or Bust

    The four captives must devise a way to escape the Theta Group before reinforcements arrive. An offer of forgiveness is rejected, the nature of heroism considered, and Gary’s truck is damaged.
    Support this story: https://glow.fm/bookofconstellations
    For more information, visit http://bookofconstellations.com
    Twitter: @bookofcon
    Email: bookofconstellations@gmail.com
    Write to Rael: rael@bookofconstellations.com
    Music in this episode:
    “Horror Drone” by Audionautix.com – (CC BY 4.0 License) - Website! 
    “An Old Parlor Guitar” by Rest You Sleeping Giant. (CC BY 4.0 License) -  Bandcamp!
    “Remembering Past Everything” by P C III (CC BY 4.0 License)  - Spotify! 
    “Fake Vega” by John Bartmann (CC0 1.0 License) - Webpage! 
    “Cycles” by Pictures of the Floating World. (CC0 1.0 License)

    • 28 min
    Not From Around Here

    Not From Around Here

    Rael speaks of how the Darkness destroyed his home. Supplies are acquired, Simon intervenes in a violent dispute, and we meet someone new in a cornfield.
    Support the show: https://glow.fm/bookofconstellations
    For more information, visit http://bookofconstellations.com
    Twitter: @bookofcon
    Email: bookofconstellations@gmail.com
    Write to Rael: rael@bookofconstellations.com

    Music for this episode:
    “Profound Mystery” by John Bartmann (CC0 1.0 License) Webpage: https://johnbartmann.com/
    “Cycles” by Pictures of the Floating World. (CC0 1.0 License)

    • 30 min
    No Lines in the Sky

    No Lines in the Sky

    Simon and Rael must keep Satya safe from her brother. The truth of constellations is discussed, coffee and tea are drunk, and Satya forms a plan to help Simon’s pain.
    Support this program: https://glow.fm/bookofconstellations
    For more information, visit http://bookofconstellations.com
    Twitter: @bookofcon
    Email: bookofconstellations@gmail.com
    Write to Rael: rael@bookofconstellations.com
    Music for this episode:
    “Bindweed (Instrumental Version)” by Axletree (CC BY 4.0 License) – Bandcamp!
    “You Can Be Broken Too” by smallertide (CC BY 4.0 License) - Bandcamp!
    “Dark Highway” by John Bartmann (CC0 1.0 License) - Webpage!
    “Cycles” by Pictures of the Floating World. (CC0 1.0 License)

    • 31 min
    The Wolves Are Coming

    The Wolves Are Coming

    The Theta Group pursues the RV into the forest. Rael shares his ideas on how the Darkness spreads, Satya reveals a hidden talent, and the trio encounters an astonishing amount of wildlife.
    Support this show: https://glow.fm/bookofconstellations
    For more information, visit http://bookofconstellations.com
    Twitter: @bookofcon
    Email: bookofconstellations@gmail.com
    Write to Rael: rael@bookofconstellations.com
    Music In This Episode:
    “Freezing But Warm” by Mëydan. (CC BY 4.0 License) – Linktree!
    “Cycles” by Pictures of the Floating World. (CC0 1.0 License)

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Mr. Furious ,

A moving, well-executed story with a lot of heart

This show hits all the right notes, and I don’t just mean its music. It’s paced very well, the story is compelling, and everything works in concert in a way that makes this show the total package.

TheRadcliff ,

Epic exambple of single-narrator storytelling

It's easy to get lost in this and forget that this is one person doing the writing and voice acting. The characters are distinctive and bring their own unique flavors to the story. It feels full and exciting, and you are just along for the ride. While it does take a front door approach to some social and political issues, it does so in a thought provoking and empathetic way and doesn't dehumanize. W. Keith Tims does a fantastic job coaxing us to look at our own world through Rael's eyes, and you come out feeling warm and fuzzy sometimes when you probably shouldn't. Great stuff, highly recommend!

DragonShantyPod ,

News got you down? Listen to BoC!

It feels like this show made a little nest in my heart. A comfort story with a full, colorful cast (most played by one versatile actor!), it’s also moving and challenging. Yes, it has political themes, but the writer addresses them through a lens of humanity, survival, and spirituality. Highly recommend for anyone new to audio drama/podcasts.

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