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The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian: Science Fiction for Kids

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a serialized science-fiction story for kids (start with Episode 1!), told in 15-20 minute episodes for parents to put on when driving around town, or to marathon on road trips, or to bond over before bed. When pressed, we describe it as a "mystery gang" story, sort of like Scooby-Doo in space. The story centers on Finn Caspian, an 8-year-old boy aboard The Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station. He and his friends Abigail, Elias and Vale are Explorers Troop 301, taking off from the Marlowe to explore uncharted planets, help the occasional alien, and solve a mystery that threatens to destroy the Marlowe. The story is written and performed by Jonathan Messinger, author of Hiding Out, former web editor of Time Out Chicago Kids, and father of two boys. We only mention that because his son Griffin, 6, serves as editor of the story, appearing in episodes to critique, make predictions and express skepticism that his father knows what he's talking about, which also happens to be the way the rest of their relationship works.
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Oct 31, 2016

Today's episode takes a break from the regular Finn Caspian storyline to tell a short, spooky story for Halloween. Every year the Marlowe throws the best Halloween party in the universe. But this year, an uninvited guest causes some trouble for the Explorers (especially Voltronix Zu).

For parents: There's nothing about this story that's particularly scary compared to other Finn stories, but the ghost's voice is maybe a little creepy. So it might be worth giving it a listen or testing it out first.

And if you want to pick up on the kid-lit reference in today's story, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving is available for free here.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a Typedrawer Media production, and is a serialized story podcasts for kids ages 5-10, though this one isn't so serialized. 

 

Oct 25, 2016

Who is the Mystery Man the Explorers found in Saphrite's crystal prison? And what's with that other ship that's getting a little too close for comfort? In today's episode, the Explorers Troop 301 face their most dangerous threat yet, and it's human!

We always need art and jokes sent to earth@finncaspian.com, and we'll relay it to the explorers. Send yours! And if you have a question for presidential nominee beebop@finncaspian.com. You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166.

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music.

The outro music is called "Shiny Spaceship" by 8-Bit Ninja, and was used via Creative Commons license. Much of the background music you hear throughout was made by Visager, off his album "Songs from an Unmade World 2," also used via Creative Commons. This week's episode also uses a song called "Wake Up" by Crazy Games. And guess what? It's also Creative Commons!

If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story podcast for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of makers of quality audio for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Oct 18, 2016

While BeeBop launches his presidential campaign, the kids in Explorers' Troop 301 have to face off with the angry spider and some new interplanetary creatures. Can the explorers get out of Saphrite's belly in one piece? And once they get out there, what more dangers and mysteries await them?

We always need art and jokes sent to earth@finncaspian.com, and we'll relay it to the explorers. Send yours! And if you have a question for presidential nominee beebop@finncaspian.com. You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166.

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music.

The outro music is called "Shiny Spaceship" by 8-Bit Ninja, and was used via Creative Commons license. Much of the background music you hear throughout was made by Visager, off his album "Songs from an Unmade World 2," also used via Creative Commons. 

If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story podcast for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of makers of quality audio for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Oct 11, 2016

In today's episode, the kids in Explorers' Troop 301 once again find themselves in trouble on the surface of an alien planet, as the giant Saphrite sends out an army to stop the invaders. And once again, the explorers have to head beneath the surface of a planet before they can blast off. But! What does it mean when you head below the surface of a living planet? It means some…interesting…terrain.

SPOILER ALERT: DON'T READ THIS BEFORE LISTENING TO THE EPISODE: Today's episode ends with a riddle. Here is the text of it. If listeners know the answer, email earth@finncaspian.com, and we'll relay it to the explorers. We'll also send out a prize to everyone who submits a correct (or reasonable) answer:

Around you I spin but disappear

Whenever you see gold

I’ve been around for millions of years

But I’m only a month old.

Send us your answers! And I know we're asking a lot, but keep that BeeBop food flowing in, along with the jokes, to beebop@finncaspian.com. You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166.

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music.

The outro music is called "Shiny Spaceship" by 8-Bit Ninja, and was used via Creative Commons license. Much of the background music you hear throughout was made by Visager, off his album "Songs from an Unmade World 2," also used via Creative Commons. And don't forget to check out Book Power for Kids

If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story podcast for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of makers of quality audio for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

Oct 5, 2016

On today's episode, the Explorers Troop head to another planet, but this time with a number of guests in tow. Finn and Foggy make up, but Voltronix Zu isn't exactly ingratiating himself to the Explorers Troop on the trip. Also, we're soliciting questions for BeeBop, so send yours in to beebop@finncaspian.com. You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166.

Also, it's time to refill the joke bin! Send one in!

Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music.

The outro music is called "Shiny Spaceship" by 8-Bit Ninja, and was used via Creative Commons license. Much of the background music you hear throughout was made by Visager, off his album "Songs from an Unmade World 2," also used via Creative Commons. There's also a new tune in there by Rolemusic called "neogauge." Check them out! 

If you have a second, and can rate or review the show in iTunes, we would be so grateful! It really helps get the word out.

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a sci-fi story podcast for kids, and is proud to be part of the Kids Listen collective of makers of quality audio for kids.

And please do send us anything you like. We'll use it on the show! You can also shoot us an email or call 773-683-3166.

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