Best Science Fiction Podcasts (2020)

Transport your imagination into the future with our pick for the best science fiction podcasts. Outerspace, aliens, colonization — we've listened and pulled together a list of our favorite sci-fi audio dramas. From the dark & creepy, to intergalactic traveling aliens, science fiction podcasts tales are all about leaving it up to your imagination.

Unlike the movie industry where sci-fi movies are heavily dependent on CGI and other computer animated graphics, audio dramas are designed so that listeners can immerse themselves within the audio experience of the story. The downfall is that if the sound engineering is poor quality, or one of the voice actors pitch annoys you then it's difficult to continue on. Thus, all the more importance for this vetted list of popular, quality audio dramas.

Whether it's your first time trying an audio drama story, or are a seasoned explorer, you'll be sure to enjoy these out-of-this-world audio adventures. In no particular order here are the best science fiction podcasts to listen to, and remember, most of these sci-fi podcasts listed below are serialized stories so you'll want to start at the beginning with the first episode of each show.

HAVOC

by bchavocpod

11m

average length

4

episodes

A sci-fi audio drama told in transmissions between Houston and NASA's abandoned High Altitude Venus Operational Carrier (HAVOC). When radio operator Noah Anderson receives a distress call from Dr. Avery Beck, the pair must unravel the mystery behind the ghost ship - before it unravels them.

The Hyacinth Disaster

by David Carlson

26m

average length

7

episodes

The crew of the MRS Hyacinth rush to survey a Jovian asteroid, hoping it is worth enough to ransom the crew of their sister ship - the Corvus - before the deadline hits.

Girl In Space

by girlinspacepod@gmail.com

33m

average length

15

episodes

Nothing fancy here -- just the simple audio diary of a girl in space. Also, there’s this weird and potentially ominous light in the distance that seems to be growing steadily closer. Listen for science, guns, trust, anti-matter, truth, beauty, inner turmoil, and delicious cheeses. It’s all here. In space.

Edict Zero - FIS

by Slipgate Nine Entertainment

34m

average length

76

episodes

Edict Zero - FIS is a science fiction audio drama series produced by Slipgate Nine Entertainment. It is a cross of futuristic sci-fi, law enforcement procedural, crime, suspense/mystery, and dark fantasy.

Steal the Stars

by Tor Labs / Gideon Media / Macmillan

3m

average length

23

episodes

The first audio drama from Tor Labs and Gideon Media, Steal the Stars is a gripping noir science fiction thriller in 14 episodes: Forbidden love, a crashed UFO, an alien body, and an impossible heist unlike any ever attempted - scripted by Mac Rogers, the award-winning playwright and writer of the multi-million download The Message and LifeAfter.

StarTripper!!

by julian@whisperforge.org

18m

average length

16

episodes

Join Feston Pyxis on a road-trip through the cosmos, as he leaves behind his old life in search of the best and wildest experiences the galaxy has to offer! New episodes every other Saturday starting June 2nd, 2018.

Limetown

by Two-Up

0

average length

21

episodes

Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. In this podcast, American Public Radio reporter Lia Haddock asks the question once more, "What happened to the people of Limetown?" Order the Limetown novel now at http://book.limetown.com Limetown is produced by Two-Up, the producers of 36 Questions and The Wilderness. Thank you for listening.

Wolf 359

by wolf359radio@gmail.com

26m

average length

94

episodes

Life's not easy for Doug Eiffel, the communications officer for the U.S.S. Hephaestus Research Station, currently on Day 448 of its orbit around red dwarf star Wolf 359. He's stuck on a scientific survey mission of indeterminate length, 7.8 light years from Earth. His only company on board the station are stern mission chief Minkowski, insane science officer Hilbert, and Hephaestus Station's sentient, often malfunctioning operating system Hera. He doesn't have much to do for his job other than monitoring static and intercepting the occasional decades-old radio broadcast from Earth, so he spends most of his time creating extensive audio logs about the ordinary, day-to-day happenings within the station. But the Hephaestus is an odd place, and life in extremely isolated, zero gravity conditions has a way of doing funny things to people's minds. Even the simplest of tasks can turn into a gargantuan struggle, and the most ordinary-seeming things have a way of turning into anything but that. Wolf 359 is a radio drama in the tradition of Golden Age of Radio shows. Take one part space-faring adventure, add one part character drama, and mix in one part absurdist sitcom, and you get Wolf 359. New episodes are released every two weeks.

2298

by A. R. OLIVIERI

7m

average length

49

episodes

The Network makes sure Profiles eat right & stay focused — but Profile 24 — thanks to a mysterious bird — is finding that difficult.

Seren

by Nerys Howell

11m

average length

9

episodes

Seren is sent away from her home, on a mission to terraform a new planet. An eight part series following her journey across the stars, as she deals with the reasons that led to her departure. To support the show visit https://www.patreon.com/serenpod

SAYER

by Adam Bash

20m

average length

108

episodes

SAYER is a narrative fiction podcast set on Earth’s man-made second moon, Typhon. The eponymous SAYER is a highly advanced, self-aware AI created to help acclimate new residents to their new lives, and their new employment with Ærolith Dynamics. New episodes release every other week.

Janus Descending

by nosuchthingproductions@outlook.com

27m

average length

21

episodes

A limited series, science fiction/horror audio drama podcast, follows the arrival of two xenoarcheologists on a small world orbiting a binary star. But what starts off as an expedition to survey the planet and the remains of a lost alien civilization, turns into a monstrous game of cat and mouse, as the two scientists are left to face the creatures that killed the planet in the first place. Told from two alternating perspectives, Janus Descending is an experience of crossing timelines, as one character describes the nightmare from end to beginning, and the other, from beginning to the end.