Listen to the Signal
By Rob Dircks
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Listen to the Signal and find author Rob Dircks on his monthly quest for answers to questions like "What would happen if a smartphone game was so addictive EVERYONE played it at once?" or "When we discovered Pluto's new moon Nix in 2005, did we catch someone discovering us?" Every month, he writes an original science fiction short story and narrates it for your listening pleasure. ENJOY! — Rob is the bestselling author of Where the Hell is Tesla?, and in July 2016 released his latest sci-fi novel, The Wrong Unit. You can find him at listentothesignal.com, robdircks.com, on Twitter at @RobDircks, and Facebook at facebook.com/robdircksauthor.
||Clean“The Last One” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks||Hi guys! I don't want to give too much away on this story, so I'll just say it was inspired by something I saw that made me think that some people are so gifted, it's impossible for me not to think they somehow touch something divine.||9/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Dakō” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks||Hi guys! Today’s short story was inspired by an article I read in the New York Times about a couple of men who, many years after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 2011, still go diving every day looking for remains of their loved ones.||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Their DNA Was No Longer The Same” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks||Hey guys! I just read an article yesterday, about Mark and Scott Kelly, the twin astronauts, and how Scott came back after a record length trip aboard the International Space Station, and they found that his DNA was no longer identical to his twin,||3/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Bloop” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks||Another quickie, almost flash fiction at just 1,000 words, about a mysterious signal received from space. Is it a message, or something else?||7/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Red Parka” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks||A couple of teenagers find something on one of their phones that couldn't possibly be true. Or could it? Enjoy!||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Rose” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks||Hey guys! All I’m going to say about this one is it’s about an old lady named Rose. And it’s another one that’s barely science fiction. And it’s shorty. That’s it. Here we go. Enjoy!||5/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Tick Tick Tick” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks||Last week I got a tick on me, and of course I freaked out, and did the whole doctor thing, they have to check your blood, check the tick, etc. And I started thinking: here’s this tiny little thing, hardly even there,||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Out of the Blue” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks||Hey, Rob here. I just read an article in The New Yorker titled “Did the Oscars Just Prove That We’re Living in a Computer Simulation?” about the recent spate of odd or unlikely occurrences, and it was full of awesome “what if?||3/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Purgatory” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks||I don’t want to give anything away before you listen to this next story, so I’ll just set it up by saying our protagonist, Tom, is a desperate guy, at the end of his rope, and that the end of that rope might not be as cleanly cut as he expected.||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Horatio Breathed His Last” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks||Horace Cho is the author of the way-too-popular science fiction series The Horatio Chronicles. After over thirty novels in the series, Horatio the Hero begins to take on a life of his own. Harmless, right?||1/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Quick Fix” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks||This story was originally the pilot for a new low-budget sci-fi TV series called Quick Fix – sort of a mashup of Quantum Leap, Star Trek, and little bit of Where the Hell is Tesla? thrown in. What happens when two routine,||12/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“November 8” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks||I think it’s easy in the 2016 election to get obsessed with the news, and all the ups and downs, the role that technology and the media play now – and I have for sure. So I guess it’s seeping into my subconscious,||10/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“End Game” • Written and Narrated by Rob Dircks||The phone felt heavy in Mark’s hand. Laden with possibility. Packed with enough distractions to get him through the weekend at his in-laws’ lake house up in Fleming. It would provide his escape from their incessant growling at each other,||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Today I Invented Time Travel” • Written & Narrated by Rob Dircks||Before the short story, I have to give you the setup: I was so excited to be invited to the Queens Library Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author's Evening (reading from my novel Where the Hell is Tesla?) that I decided to write a short story just for the night.||8/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Rob is a double threat, writer and narrator.
It's hard to choose a favorite story. I subscribed right away!
I've always been fascinated with science fiction, or perhaps now -- speculative fiction. Whatever it's called, I love these stories.
Rob is incredibly imaginative, and in such a short period of time he brings to life amazing, lovable characters. I've been a fan of his stories and narration for a while; starting with his book, 'Where the Hell is Tesla?.'
I'm looking forward to the next podcast.