Issue #74: Leap Year = One More Day To Listen To Completed Audio Fiction

Featuring DERELICT & BRONZEVILLE + 4 complete series, 11 season finales, and 8 new seasons coming soon!

Evo Terra
7 min readFeb 2, 2024

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This issue is entirely too long. 25 shows highlighted. Wow.

The big news I teased last week? I’ve taken the next step in curation and have created 20 “collections” of completed audio fiction, each based around a central theme, like love stories, murder mysteries, and post-apocalyptic stories. But I don’t do many things normal, so of course I called those collections Love Is In (On) The Air, Murder On The Audio Express, and We Had A Good Run, People. I gotta be me.

Next week, I’ll figure out how to better share these. Today, I’m highlighting two collections:

  • BIPOC Creators/Talent Showcase — 27 audio fiction shows made by creators who happen to be BIPOC-Black, Indigenous, and people of color-and are representative of the global majority, yet are under-represented in audio fiction.
  • For Kids Of All Ages — 24 children’s tales, YA stories, and other shows designed for kids, tweens, teenagers, or those of us who just can’t-or refuse to-grow up.

As is true for all the listings in our directory, every show in a collection has reached either a season finale or a series conclusion so you can listen with confidence. I’m slowly going through the 750+ listings I’ve curated over the last year a half, adding to the existing 20 Collections and creating more as necessary. I’m going to work out a way to let you “subscribe” to one or more Collections so you get notified when new shows are added. I haven’t sussed out how just yet, so I appreciate your patience.

Two more quick things: I have my 2nd round of surgery tomorrow to either remove the stone or the organ. I’m very, very done with these damned things. Also- special shout out to Jeff Gutierrez for becoming the latest Individual Supporter. Much thanks, Jeff, and I’m glad you’re enjoying The End. Perhaps you’ll inspire others to sign up with their support so I wake to excellent news from my anesthesia-induced slumber tomorrow.

Let’s get into it, shall we?

Featured Recommendations

I’ve listened to every episode of these shows, and proudly recommend them to you. As with all things in life, YMMV.

🚀💥😱 • Derelict — Dramatized immersive far-future scifi series from J. Barton Mitchell & Night Rocket Productions. Wow. This show is… intense. Maybe don’t listen if you’ve got a fear of water, yeah? But for the rest of us, this is non-stop action that keeps delivering, with a rich soundscape that will leave you breathless. Season two is currently releasing, but you should take the 10 hours to enjoy the 10 episodes of season one while you wait for the second season to finish.

🌃🎰🍸 • Bronzeville — Dramatized historical fiction thriller from Josh Olsen. Centers on African American stories, stars Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, and Tika Sumpter, and is written by Academy Award(r) and BAFTA nominee Josh Olson. An incredibly well-produced show with top-notch talent takes you right there in the middle of the action. It’s a complete show with two seasons. The 17 episodes will last you about 11 hours.)

Recently Completed Series

These shows have recently reached the end of the entire story.

🔍🏀🎶 • Finding Pierre — Dramatized hip-hop adventure from Audio Up & Audible. Completed on 18 Jan 2024, for a listening time of 2h 16m across 6 episodes in 1 season.

📽️🎭📚 • Second Story Work — Narrated neo-noir crime drama from Josh Cybulski. Josh also hosts a podcast titled Second Story in which he interviews guests who have gone through a major change in their life that sent them down a different path. Completed on 10 Jan 2024, for a listening time of 9h 07m across 14 episodes in 1 season.

Recent Season Finales

These shows reached the end of a season recently, but more seasons are coming.

🕵️‍♂️🧿🪦 • Dupont Investigations — Dramatized horror mystery series from Marc Benjamin Langston, Bryce Bowyn, and Nocturne Hall. Co-created by LGBTQ individuals, each honored as FY ’24 DC Arts and Humanities Fellows. Season 1 finale posted on 30 Jan 2024. Listen to the 6 current episodes in 2h 48m.

🚀🏴‍☠️🦑 • Halfwits & Failed Crits — Improvised Scifi Actual Play Adventure from Jonathan Swenson & Halfwit Podcasts. The cast consists of POC, LGBTQ+, and Disability/Chronic Illness members (4 total members, not all fit each of these underrepresented groups). Season 1 finale posted on 29 Jan 2024. Listen to the 40 current episodes in 86h 07m.

🚀😥🕊️ • Chaika — Dramatized dystopian scifi series from Karin Heimdahl & Y2K Productions. Woman-led. Strong representation of characters and voice actors whose first language is not English. Season 2 finale posted on 26 Jan 2024. Listen to the 18 current episodes in 7h 19m.

🥶🕵️‍♀️👨‍🦽 • The StarWell Foundation — Dramatized superhero series from Alex Squiers & OMV Podcast Productions. Season 1 finale posted on 25 Jan 2024. Listen to the 7 current episodes in 4h 46m.

😲😰👾 • Legacy Door — Narrated cosmic horror mystery series from Bob J. Koester & Dueling Genre Production. Season 2 finale posted on 24 Jan 2024. Listen to the 18 current episodes in 9h 03m.

🤣🤖🚀 • Machine Takeover — Dramatized scifi comedy from Immergency Media. A revolutionary combination of AI technology, human talent, and 360 sound design. Season 1 finale posted on 17 Jan 2024. Listen to the 12 current episodes in 4h 53m.

😳😂😳 • The Mysteries of Derlin County — Dramatized comedy parody from K&B. My podcast is created by two guys in a basement with no budget at all. Season 5 finale posted on 16 Jan 2024. Listen to the 87 current episodes in 37h 30m.

New Seasons Coming Soon

Get caught up on the prior seasons of these shows before they return for a new season in a few days or weeks.

Season 15 of Lost Terminal, a dramatized hopepunk scifi series from Tristram Oaten & Namtao Productions, starts on 5 Feb 2024. Catch up with the current 140 episodes in 36h 02m.

Season 2 of The American, a narrated thriller series from Matthew C. McLean, starts on 7 Feb 2024. Catch up with the current 10 episodes in 1h 34m.

Season 2 of Creation, a dramatized scifi horror series from Mikaila Simone Mack, starts on 9 Feb 2024. Catch up with the current 10 episodes in 2h 13m.

Season 2 of Love Notes, a narrated romance series from Rachel Rondon, starts on 13 Feb 2024. Catch up with the current 37 episodes in 3h 23m.

Season 2 of Among the Stars and Bones, a dramatized sci-fi mystery horror series from Chris Magilton & Ungodly Hour Productions, starts on 14 Feb 2024. Catch up with the current 10 episodes in 6h 48m.

Season 3 of Midst, a narrated trippy scifi fantasy series from Third Person & Critical Role, starts on 14 Feb 2024. Catch up with the current 38 episodes in 16h 44m.

Season 5 of Mission Rejected, a dramatized action spy comedy from The Porch Room, starts on 23 Feb 2024. Catch up with the current 48 episodes in 34h 38m.

Season 2 of Tales of the ZugarouX, a narrated/dramatized suspensful scifi series from Nel Zim, starts on 29 Feb 2024. Catch up with the current 14 episodes in 3h 31m.

ICYMI

Some not-so-recently completed or finale’d shows we’ve just added to our database.

😺🎨🔪 • PAINT BY MURDERS — a Harrisburg Homicide Mystery — Narrated cozy mystery from M. Travis DiNicola. Season 1 finale posted on 26 Dec 2023. Listen to the 17 current episodes in 7h 44m.

🐐🗡️☄️ • Sected — Dramatized British audio sitcom from Paul Adam Levy. Season 1 finale posted on 14 Dec 2023. Listen to the 6 current episodes in 1h 59m.

🛸🔭👨🏻‍❤️‍👨🏻 • Hovering — Dramatised small town mystery/drama from Alex Duncan & Plot Twist. Hovering is written by a queer person, about a queer person (and lots of the other creatives are queer, too!) Season 1 finale posted on 21 Nov 2023. Listen to the 7 current episodes in 1h 58m.

🤖👨‍👧⚖️ • Court of the Grandchildren — Dramatized sci-fi courtroom audio drama from Michael Muntisov & The Magnetic Theatre. The audio drama is based on the novel Court of the Grandchildren. More info at //courtofthegrandchildren.com Completed on 17 Oct 2023, for a listening time of 1h 34m across 4 episodes in 1 season

✖️🦸✏️ • X-Men: The Audio Drama — Dramatized superhero series from Karl Dutton & Scyther Inc. Storylines adapt the 616 comic books in order. Season 3 finale posted on 23 Mar 2023. Listen to the 37 current episodes in 24h 38m..

😱🤫😏 • Immunities — Dramatized body snatcher politics from Bob J. Koester & Dueling Genre Productions. Completed on 26 Jan 2022, for a listening time of 14h 08m across 24 episodes in 6 seasons.

Check out the 74rd issue for links to listen, descriptions, artwork, and more at https://www.theend.fyi/newsletter/leap-year-one-more-day-to-listen-to-completed-audio-fiction

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That’s it from The End for this week. See you next Friday!

Originally published at https://www.theend.fyi.

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Evo Terra

Professional contrarian. On a mission to make fiction podcasting better. he/him. คุณ | https://theend.fyi | https://home.social/@evoterra