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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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Sep 20, 2016

Before we get to episode seven, we're celebrating our editor's birthday with a special bonus episode, featuring more robots of the Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station. Here are the books each of the robots were inspired by:

 

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

The Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling

Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winnick

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

We recommend loaning out books from your local library, or buying them from your favorite independent bookstore.

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