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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Jul 4, 2017

In honor of the summer family vacation, members of Kids Listen—the nonprofit org full of the best kids' podcasters in all the land—are publishing episodes related to road trips! As big fans of the games you play in the car on those long rides, we thought we'd make one up for our listeners. All you have to do is record your kids (or your whole family!) saying the words or sounds on the list below, email us the file, and we'll edit it into the pre-recorded story and send it back to you. Just use the voice app on your phone, and record it as one file and email to I’m going to record the story, and I’ll edit your responses in, and send you the mp3. I’ll also send you a PDF of the story, so if you’re going on a road trip, you can take it with you.

Here's what I need from you:

  1. A noun
  2. An adjective
  3. A name
  4. A verb
  5. A pleasant sound
  6. An ominous sound
  7. The sound of a robot turning on
  8. The sound of a confused robot
  9. The sound of an alien practicing karate kicks
  10. The sound of a robot asking an alien to stop practicing karate kicks
  11. A fruit
  12. And the sound of a robot eating a fruit

I know it probably sounds complicated. But if you’d like to play along, it’s actually fairly simple. Just let the voice memo app on your phone run, or turn on the recorder app on your computer, and then email me the file. I’ll take care of the rest. 

I’ll do my best to turn them around as they come in. But I’m only going to be able to offer this until July 18th. After that, you can send me the files, and I’ll do my best, but I'm only guaranteeing up until the 18th. We'll have the story up after the 18th at

Thanks for playing along! I can't wait to hear what everyone comes up with!