"Good morning, Hina Hwan. This is Day 1 of your shift on Persephone…"
Hina Hwan is awakened from cryogenic sleep 600 years into an interstellar colonization voyage - where poor colonists pay for their transport with 10-year shifts of manual labor on the spaceship Persephone. But she learns that the only thing worse than six isolated people working on a creaky interstellar transport…is finding an unidentified corpse in the closet.
Format: Fully voiced audio drama (part of Sparkler Monthly magazine)
Genre: Science fiction, drama, romance, mystery
Paywall: After the one-week subscriber hold on new chapters, it’s always free to stream.
Bandcamp listing - stream for free, or pay to download the individual chapters.
Spica’s short side comics for Sparkler’s Cherry Bomb line (NSFW)
Stream and see illustrations on Sparkler Monthly, starting with Chapter 1 here. Download Chapter 1 transcript for the hearing impaired.
Directed by: Rebecca Scoble
Written by: Tory Woollcott and Barabara
Art by: Angela Sham with guest art by HamletMachine (NSFW)
Edited by: Rebecca Scoble and Leah Waig
Hina — Rielle Braid
Janelle — Jae Jae Lopez
Robbie — Jesse Hodson
Rosa — Annemieke Wade
Travis — Alex O’Shea
Seb — Adam Ford
Additional voices: Leena Erik-Soussi, Sharif E., Aya.
Lianne: This has been a HUGE production for over a year, resulting in about 3 hours of fantastic audio so far (about 40 minutes left to go, coming out in the next few months). The answer to the mystery was just revealed in the most recent chapter (!), so if suspense drives you crazy, you can plow through most of it right now.
This is also the most diverse thing running in Sparkler Monthly right now - racially diverse characters dealing with poverty, disability, queerness, and parenthood, all in-between making dick jokes at each other and sobbing uncontrollably. IT’S GOT EVERYTHING.
When I dreamed about Sparkler Monthly doing audio dramas, I honestly didn’t expect our first one to come out this good. You should listen to it, seriously.