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RELEASED: Victoria season finale

I have a habit of taking parts that are either the stars of the show or die in one episode. That’s why playing Lt. Booth on Victoria: Empress of the Universe has been a treat. He doesn’t take days to record, but he gets to appear regularly, and I get to pretend I  can believably portray a British accent. It’s a fun ride, and a very Burroughs-esque story. So if you’re into old-timey radio sci-fi, give Victoria a try.

Victoria! Empress of the Universe: Episode Six

Episode Six – The Season One Finale – And Death Shall Be Triumphant!
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Story Synopsis
This is the Season Finale! All the events so far have led to this huge 40 minute climactic conclusion!

RELEASED: To the Knife Cold Stars

To the Knife Cold Stars author A. Merc Rustad

To the Knife Cold Stars author A. Merc Rustad

I am very proud of Escape Pod’s editors’ choice to run this beautiful story as the first in our month-long tribute to female and non-binary gendered authors, and I’m honored to have been able to narrate it.

It’s a stirring story set in a post-apocalyptic, machine-driven, 1984-ish world. The main character is saved from a death sentence for loving without permission, and his fortune leads him to make a similar sacrifice to save someone else. In the end, the simple beauty of the night sky is the most important.

It’s a bit of a tear-jerker, but well worth the ride in my opinion. I also count it in the top 10 of my narrations easily; maybe top 5. I’m quite proud if it.

RELEASED: narration of Checkmate on Escape Pod

I got this one on short notice when the narrator I had originally booked suffered a family tragedy. I would never hope to get work that way, but I have a soft spot in my heart for steampunk, so this one was a pleasure to cover.

It’s steampunk; it posits war-by-proxy; there’s action and a twist – it’s well worth your time for a listen.

As always if you like it, please leave a comment on the show’s website, consider subscribing, and consider leaving a good review for us wherever you subscribe — it’s how shows like this know you dig what they’re doing to entertain you for free.

RELEASED: my narration of Way of the Needle on Escape Pod

I didn’t plan to be narrating this one, but the audio I received from the original narrator was unusable, so I rushed to knock tis one out. I’m almost sad to say it because I don’t want to belittle the original narrator’s effort (it really was well done, I just couldn’t use the file), but I’m very proud of how this one came out. It’s probably in my top 5 narrations to date.

The story itself is brilliant — probably the most original sci-fi I’ve heard in a while. I can’t do justice describing it, so either just listen or pop over to the Escape Pod page for the episode and read it until you’re sure it’s something you want to listen to. You’re going to want to. Think: a feudal Japanese story, with all of the characters played by silicon-based alien insects.

RELEASED: Walk-on role on Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Beneath the Planet of the Apes, episode 10

My man Bill Hollweg has some issues when it comes to Planet of the Apes. He’s the kind of fan that writes fan fic to supplement the original story, and he couldn’t be more true to it if he were actually living in that universe. So when he asked me to be “Mutant Guard 1” I didn’t ask any details, I just said “Send me the script,” because I knew it would be well done.

If you’re interested at all, it’s worth going back through the archives to get the whole story. But if you’re on the fence, I think listening to this episode will satisfy you that it’s worth it to dig deeper.

In this episode: In Ape City Ursus has assembled his Gorilla Army for WAR with the MUTANTS… A discovery and it’s implications may well affect All futures and possibly ALL SIMIAN KIND!

It’s the bomb, as the kids said all those years ago.

RELEASED: Minor role in Victoria! Empress of the Universe

Victoria! Empress of the Universe

Victoria! Empress of the Universe by 4077th Productions

Victor’s at it again, and if you’ve listened to my work in his productions before, you know he does some high-quality audio production. If you haven’t listened before, you need to go back and listen to all of these outstanding episodes. Now. Do it now!

The synopsis for episode 4: The Empty Space Ship…
Massing in the Martian Desert are hundreds of Venusian soldiers having escaped from the wreckage of their Spaceship, Doctor Watson is still trying to deal with the loss of his friend Sherlock Holmes, while in a Canyon below the Martian Palace a forgotten Robot named Clancy will be thrust into a perilous adventure!

Written, Directed and Produced by Viktor Aurelius
Cast in Order of Appearance
 Elie Hirschman as Dr. John Watson
Mat Weller as Lieutenant Booth
Barry Moffett as the Martian Library
Viktor Aurelius as the Military Intelligence Officer
Matthew Turner as Leader X
Lesa Dyer Cross as Queen Xynea
Jeff Niles as Mycroft Holmes
Joel Nisbet as Captain Marcus Bowman
Michael Breckenridge as Commander York
Viktor Aurelius as Lieutenant Fox
Alex Gilmour as Doctor Neville Heath
Bryan Reid as Prince Victor Edward Albert
Chris Scott Marcellus as the Voice of Tyros
Jeff Niles as Sherlock Holmes
Jonithan Patrick Russell as Clancy the Robot
Elie Hirschman as the Venusian Scout
Viktor Aurelius as Admiral Sh’Ka
Rachel Rumler as G-7B
and Matthew Turner as Lord Perrington
Music by Kevin MacLeod ( )
Sound Design by Viktor Aurelius
© The 4077th and ALL BETTER AUDIO (2014)

RELEASED: My narration of “Knowing” by Matt Wallace on Escape Pod

Phil and Matt

Phil Rossi and Matt Wallace. They only look jolly and innocent. (Photo credit: Cryptonaut)

It’s got post apocalyptic demons, a Pope with all kinds of poor judgement, and holy warriors with hot cars and spiked weapons — in short: totally a Matt Wallace story. It’s not for everybody, there is some foul language and violence, though it’s not particularly graphic. But if this is your kind of thing, you won’t be disappointed.

RELEASED: Minor role in Victoria! Empress of the Universe

Victoria! Empress of the Universe

Victoria! Empress of the Universe by 4077th Productions

It’s steampunk from gifted 4077th producer Viktor Aurelius. That’s probably enough for most people, but in this case you get the added pleasure of hearing me scramble in desperation and scream things like, “Five seconds to Mars!”

The synopsis for this epoisode…
The Britannia arrives on Mars and its passengers and crew have already made enemies. The Martian Queen must try to bring about peace while trying to thwart an impending war between the races of Mars. And in the end… sacrifices must be made… and someone will die!

Come on now…tell me that’s not intriguing.

RELEASED: Minor role in Victoria! Empress of the Universe

Victoria! Empress of the Universe

Victoria! Empress of the Universe by 4077th Productions

4077th producer Viktor Aurelius pulled me into his production Lilith’s Children last year for some audio fun, as you may remember. It was such a pleasure to work with Viktor and his production work is of such a high caliber that when he has a spot to fill in a production and he shoots me a message asking if I’ll do it, I generally hit him back with my lines before I even finish reading his email. Victoria! is one of those cases, and with a description like this:

After several attempts on Sherlock Holmes’ life; Dr. John Watson and the Ship Steward help him uncover a plot of epic proportions. New enemies and new allies arrive on the scene while perils and mysteries increase as the Britannia speeds toward Mars!

…who could resist a little listen?

RELEASED: 2109: Black Sun Rising, the prequel logs, episode 7

This is the final prequel episode that sets up the opening scene of the main series which is going into production very soon!

2109: Black Sun Rising

2109: Black Sun Rising, the prequel logs

Episode 7 : Some Things Worse than Death

Pike is being sent where the secret truth about the Azimov  1 mission will never get out. But before he goes, there are a few questions to sort out and a revelation that will lead to Veers having Pike dragged out screaming.

These are all very short episodes, ranging from 8-15 minutes, so there’s no reason not to give it a try. It’s a little pulp sci-fi, a little space opera, and written by two guys who have appeared in Star Trek universe fan fic audio dramas and have a deep love for that original series.

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