Steal the Stars
If you like your audio drama delivered in high-quality, paranoid-thriller packages (and we vehemently do), this next-level series from Tor Labs, the science fiction/fantasy publisher's new podcast-producing imprint, should find its way onto your listen list. An original fiction penned by Mac Rogers (see also: The Message, LifeAfter), it introduces us to a secure facility, built to protect an alien secret, and staffed by ex-military who sign their lives away to work there. Security is managed by our protagonist, Dakota Prentiss, who is outwardly a total hardass but actually pretty lonely; she, like the other characters who people this story, is convincingly flawed and likeable. The alien secret itself is novel, as is the fast-unfurling plot, and the writing is so good as to be worthy of note - so we note it. Setting aside a love story that feels strangely arbitrary, this thing flows like honey. We're five episodes in, with nine to follow.
Gateway episode: 1. Warm Bodies (2 Aug 2017)
From: Tor Labs / Gideon Media
Style: Audio drama