By James Prescott
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Science Fiction podcast of audio book read by the author. This is a drama about explorers who use their spaceship to rebel against tyranny and stumble onto an alien civilization.
||Clean20.5 The Missing Episode||Aguire's Idea||10/21/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit61 Epilogue||Healing||6/15/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit60 The Founders||Ivan's lost love||6/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit59 The Governors||Who owns the ship?||6/1/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit58 New Poluka||A new purpose||5/25/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit57 The Chase||Where is Batastia||5/18/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit56 Blood and Brains||Aguire's choice||5/13/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit55 Attack on Earth||The Hanno Attacks the rebels||5/4/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit54 Battle for the Hanno||Bloody Starship||4/27/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit53 Turn Against the Captain||Insane Captain||4/21/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean52 The Erosians||alien fears||4/13/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit51 Return to the Zone||shifting allegiances||4/6/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit50 The Good The Bad And The Relatives||meet the family||3/30/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit49 Fire||The Old Rulers find a way to thwart the kings plans.||3/23/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit48 Diplomacy||The alien delegation asks about Earth's primitives before returning to the planet with injured crewmen from the Starship Hanno. Meanwhile, Popa Utirka gets an unpleasant command from the Grand Matriarch instructing him to disrupt the king's diplomatic..||3/16/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit47 Persuasion||There are now two groups of aliens onboard the Starship Hanno: The official diplomats meeting with Captain Poluka, and the Arcturusian doctors who are charming the crew, each doing what they can to persuade the captain. It will take something a bit...||3/9/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit46 A Womans Touch||pretty alien||3/2/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit45 Doctor Payne||Captain Poluka opposes Cliffs advice about the Old Rulers, and decides not to meet the king. Doctor Jayne Payne forces Poluka to schedule a physical examination.||2/23/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit44 Matriarch's Lawyer||alien lawyer||2/16/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit43 Brothers||Commander Aguire confronts Captain Poluka about the pills known as zippies. Then Poluka meets with his brother Cliff and gets some startling news. This scene takes place near the village of Arvod on the western shore of the inland sea, Vodita.||2/9/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean42 Epoch Of The Flood||The King of Arcturus tells our explorers about the early history of his world. Some of the crew from the missing Starship Himilco are found, including Cliff Poluka.||2/2/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean41 Royal Welcome||The king of Arcturus, Elpastre, gets to speak with the explorers from Earth before the Old Rulers know what is happening. Commander Redbird arranges it so the meeting happens before Captain Poluka can get involved because Redbird doesn't trust his...||1/26/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit40 Flight to Arvod||meet the king||1/19/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit39 Flying Low||Captain Poluka is intent on locating his missing people. Too bad he's exhausted and has psychological problems. In this episode we finally catch up with Lynda's missing brother Gentry. It's also the first time we see the Hanno's complement of Army...||1/12/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit38 Flying High||El Toro||1/5/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit37 Contact||beast||12/29/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit36 Land and Sea||Our explorers find that the planet is not as friendly as they had hoped. Aguire's team explores a forest while Shefield's shuttle takes a dip in the sea.||12/22/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit35 Planetfall||Drop In||12/15/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit34 Red to Blue||Leaving Now||12/8/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit33 Pixies and Sniffers||Commander Aguire uses the remote probes to study the planet, but Captain Poluka is in a rush to get down to the surface of Arcturus-4 to find his brother Cliff.||12/1/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean32 Letter from Gentry||lifeboat on the moon||11/24/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit31 Throwing Range||The Starship Hanno finally arrives at the Arcturus star system. They know aliens are here somewhere, but they can't quite find them. But there is no need to find the alien world because the Queen of Arcturus, Lapastra, finds the starship as soon as...||11/16/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30 Message in a Bottle||Commander Aguire sees the message left with the alien spaceship by Captain Poluka's brother Cliff. Chief Engineer Braun doesn't know if it is safe to show it to the captain because of the captain's erratic behavior. This is the 30th episode of the...||11/10/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit29 Onward to Arcturus||alien art||11/3/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit28 Tugboats||Lynda Stokes now sees everything differently since learning the secret of why she has always been different from other women. The officers of the Starship Hanno are finding their captain's behaviour suspicious as Poluka rushes to move on to Arcturus,...||10/27/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27 Aliens on Earth||Lynda's world is turned upside down when she finally learns the secret that her father kept from his children.||10/20/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit26 A New Plan||The explorers of the Starship Hanno recoup after a tragic loss, and consider what to do with the alien ship. Lynda Stokes begins wondering if maybe her brother was right when he claimed that their grandfather was an alien. Captain Poluka is falling...||10/13/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25 Catastrophe||Just as Lynda, Donno, and Elisa reach the alien spaceship, a disaster leaves them stranded, and Aguire must take the light-cruiser to rescue them. The Hanno is seriously damaged, and Lynda's feelings finally awaken.||10/6/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit24 Gopher Ride||Donno, Lynda, and Elisa put on spacesuits and go to investigate and alien spaceship which appears to be damaged and abandoned. Elisa is terrified of Lynda, who is prone to violent outbursts and has unusual strength.||9/30/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit23 Choose the Team||It's time get into spacesuits and go outside to the alien ship. It's a wreck drifting among asteroids the size of small planets in the most dangerous region of space. This would be hazardous enough without sending two women who fear each other.||9/24/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit22 It's a Ship||Another ship is in the Zone and Lynda finds the implications disturbing. A relic from the missing Starship Himilco is sighted.||9/15/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit21 Hanson's Quarters||Hanson at home||9/9/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit20 Blink of an eye||Commander Aguire takes the Starship away from Earth before time runs out, and GJ Stokes's creation does the impossible. Unfortunately, it lands them in the same situation that killed every other ship that entered the Zone.||8/31/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit19 Being Mean||obsession||8/26/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit18 Say Adios to Earth||Commander Aguire is tricked into leaving the Hanno for a few hours while Captain Poluka finds a way to flee Earth without making his officers suspicious. The light cruiser that Bart Hanson brought on board proves handy for distracting Aguire.||8/19/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit17 The End of Volk||Bart Hanson needs some answers about missing people, and has a persuasive way of asking. Time runs out for the conspirators as the government's paranoia begins to boil.||8/11/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit16 Black Listed||Commander Aguire confronts Captain Poluka about the New Federation's intentions, and Poluka begins to wonder if bringing Aguire into the plan was a mistake. In this episode we get a clue about what will eventually destroy the life of one of these men.||8/3/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit15 Tour the Starship Hanno||Take a tour of the giant ship with Aguire and Martensen. Aguire learns that a hero he once knew is aboard the ship...and has been demoted twice by Admiral Fisher. This leads him to a disturbing discovery while evaluating the crew records.||7/28/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit14 The Starship Hanno||Commander Aguire sees the new ship for the first time and begins the onloading of supplies with the help of Lieutenents McGee and Swanson. Aguire plans to use "smart machine" technology, which had been banned since the Corporate War 40 years ago...||7/23/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit13 All Dressed Up||Join our explorers for a gala event at the commissioning of the Starship Hanno. Commander Jose Aguire and his buddy Leroy Donno still have no idea that Vice President Batastia and Admiral Fisher expect the entire crew of the new ship will die because...||7/16/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit12 Lynda Snaps||Lynda's has something in common with her brother Gentry...superhuman strength and a bad temper. An unfortunate thing for a certain man.||7/8/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit11 Lonely Lynda||Here we get a closer look at Lynda Stokes as she reveals some of her concerns and her feelings about her missing brother, who was featured in the two-part prequel Starship Himilco. Lynda is young, but already committing her life to a rebellion, and is..||6/26/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 Starship School||Commander Aguie is allowed to train for working on the new starship, unaware that he is only there to be evaluated by Lynda Stokes to see if he might fit into the conspiracy.||6/26/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit09 Captain, Admiral, and Queen||This episode is actually three very short chapters. The first follows Captain Paul Poluka as he takes Lynda Stokes to dinner in an attempt to change her mind about allowing Commander Aguire to serve aboard the Starship Hanno. Part of the problem is...||6/8/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit08 In The Morgue||Elisa Santino continues her plot to blackmail GJ Stokes, unaware that she has been marked for death by the vice president. Things take a dark turn when her efforts to protect Julie from Admiral Fisher fail, and Fisher's perverse pleasures go...||5/26/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit07 Evil In Charge||This is chapter 5 of the novel "Between Earth and Arcturus" by James Prescott. Admiral Higgs takes Admiral Fisher to the capital of Earth, West Point, where we meet Vice President Batastia and the inner circle of evil men who now rule the known...||5/19/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean06 Elisa the Blackmailer||Elisa Santino was a top-notch deep space rescue officer before the coup. Now she's miserably enduring a desk job under Admiral Fisher in the Department of Design Review. But she has a plan; she discovered that G.J. Stokes and Captain Poluka are going...||5/5/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean05 Aguire gets maneuvered.||This is chapters 2 and 3 together of the novel Between Earth and Arcturus by James Prescott, which tell how Lynda Stokes objects to Paul wanting to bring Aguire into the rebellion, but finally agrees to to check him out in person and, possibly, allow...||4/24/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean04 Jose Aguire (chptr 1 of novel)||Here we meet José Aguire, an Exploration Corps commander whose career is in jeopardy after a new government seizes control of the Earth. Aguire’s old enemy has been promoted to Admiral after helping to overthrow the old Federation by...||4/12/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03 Conspirators (prequel to novel part 3)||Conspirators 21:12 Meet Clifford Poluka's younger brother, Paul, who appeared briefly in the episode 'Himilco part 1'. It's been ten years since the Starship Himilco disappeared along with Cliff and Gentry. Paul is now a captain in the Exploration...||3/29/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02 Starship Himilco (prequel to novel part 2)||The Starship Himilco is the first story James Prescott wrote about adventures of Earthmen travelling to Arcturus in the 28th century. This short story takes place ten years before the events in the novel Between Earth and Arcturus, and was intended to..||3/28/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01 Starship Himilco (prequel to novel part 1)||The Starship Himilco is the first story James Prescott wrote about adventures of Earthmen travelling to Arcturus in the 28th century. This short story takes place ten years before the events in the novel Between Earth and Arcturus, and was intended to..||3/27/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
An exciting and intriguing story
Vivid characters, a fast-moving plot, full of suspense and fascinating technology of the future---what more could you want in a science fiction story? And James Prescott tells his tale with great skill as he reveals the fate of the Starship Hanno and the adventures of its heroes.
The story begins many centuries in the future, where a cruel despot and his cronies rule America.
Mastermind G.J. Stokes has reached the summit of his scientific career as preparations begin to launch the starship Hanno, which he has designed for the Exploration Corps, a branch of the government services. Not only will Stokes be aboard, but his brilliant though troubled daughter Linda will be joining him. He chooses Captain Paul Poluka to head the mission.
But there is a surprise in store for Poluka's heroic second in command, Jose Aguire, who only learns later that the Hanno's crew is all "criminals" against the ruling regime.
Without giving the story away, I can't go on with this description, but the story involves danger and death in space, a plot to overthrow the government, amazing discoveries on Arcturus, and a culminating battle to the death. And there is quite a bit of welcome humor along the way.
Linda and G.J. are unnaturally gifted physically and mentally, and Jose Aguire is fascinated with Linda. The interplay among the characters is as arresting as the excitement of reaching Arcturus, where the aliens are both similar to and very different from humans--of course, there is reason for that.
I urge you to listen and to enjoy this story as I have. You won't be disappointed.
great space opera!
About halfway through...
...and thoroughly enjoying the "Earth to Arcturus" podcast. The story is getting more interesting with every episode. Definitely worth checking out!