Listen Online! Through a Glass, Darkly – Episode 9: The Flowering of the Strange Orchid

“The Flowering of the Strange Orchid” by H.G. Wells (first published in the Pall Mall Budget, August 2nd, 1894).

Narrated by William R. Coughlan, with Brooks Tegler as Winter-Wedderburn and Anna Coughlan as his housekeeper.

Edited, mixed and mastered by William R. Coughlan.

Post-production services supplied by Tohubohu Productions, LLC.

Length: 25:01

Rated AD-G. Contains bloodsucking, botany, and an idle British gentleman.

Rogue Tyger Accepted to the New Jersey Web Festival

This year, as with every year, we’ve submitted our various shows to various festivals and audio awards and this past Friday, we learned that Rogue Tyger has the honor of being part of the New Jersey Web Fest’s inaugural slate Fiction Podcast nominees.

The festival will be revealing the exact categories all of the shows are nominated in later this summer, but the festival itself will be September 17 – 19, 2021 in, as you likely guessed. New Jersey. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Imperium Encyclopedia in Depth: Tormar

If you’ve been enjoying Rogue Tyger, have you checked out the Encyclopedia of the Imperium yet? It’s the definitive source for the history of the Seven Systems and the greater Imperium.

Art by Javier Charro

Tormar

(b. 422 SIY) Coutharian engineer associated with the freighter Tyger.

Tormar (ney Domash ur Virain) was birthed on the Coutharian homeworld of Uthar Kretik in the early 5th century. Typical of Coutharian culture, his early education came from his clan and clade where he showed a particular interest and aptitude for mechanical engineering.

While the Coutharian education system does not correspond to Imperial standards, the Bryson-Benefield Agreement of 363 did establish a methodology for determining educational equivalency. By those standards, Tormar has the equivalent of masters degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, avionics, nuclear engineering, and applied physics.

Prior to the 460s, Tormar appears to have worked primarily in Coutharian space, though his credentials certified several Coutharian vessels regularly travelling into the Imperium as “spaceworthy.” He also worked for a time supervising construction and repair of spacecraft at the drydocks of the Kilwa spaceport.

Several sources confirm that Tormar was one of the Coutharians who was part of the Salatiga Incident of 469. Some scholars, as a theory to explain Reg Macorum’s actions, speculate Tormar had not only had a primary role in the resolution of the incident, but may also have been on the Silver Star prior to the events. However, no evidence has been found that confirms Tormar working for the Zenocrate Cartel (which would be highly unlikely given the cartel’s actions in Coutharian space).

Tormar has been repeatedly listed in flight plans originating from and for maintenance requests at Flatrock for the freighter Tyger since SIY 470.

Note: this entry will be updated with events from 473 SIY onward after reviewing newly acquired historical documents.


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Listen Online! Through a Glass, Darkly – Episode 8: The Black Cat

“The Black Cat” by Edgar Allen Poe (first published in the Saturday Evening Post, August 19th, 1843).

Performed by Tal Aviezer, who appears courtesy of Red Monkey Theater Group.

Edited, mixed and mastered by William R. Coughlan.

Post-production services supplied by Tohubohu Productions, LLC.

Length: 24:03

Rated AD-PG, parental guidance suggested. Contains the torture and killing of an animal as well as a human murder.

Listen Online! Through a Glass, Darkly – Episode 7: The Tell-Tale Heart

“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe (first published in James Russel Lowell’s The Pioneer, January 1843).

Performed by Tegan Cohan, who appears courtesy of Howl at the Moon Audio.

Edited, mixed and mastered by William R. Coughlan.

Post-production services supplied by Tohubohu Productions, LLC.

Length: 20:24

Rated AD-PG, parental guidance suggested. Contains murder, dismemberment, and someone who insists they are not mad a bit too much.

Imperium Encyclopedia in Depth: Grainne Kochowa

If you’ve been enjoying Rogue Tyger, have you checked out the Encyclopedia of the Imperium yet? It’s the definitive source for the history of the Seven Systems and the greater Imperium.

Art by Javier Charro

Grainne Kochowa

(b. 337 SIY) Arang Pelaiyu pilot associated with the Flatrock enclave and the freighter Tyger.

Grainne Kochowa is believed to have been born in the 4th century of the Imperium on the ocean world of Merso, part of the holdings of House Malde.

While the location of an Arang Pelaiyu not in Imperial service can sometimes be difficult, enclaves keep scrupulous genealogical records. In this case, the Battle of Merso in 431, a violent conflict typical of the late stages of the Border Wars, included the destruction of the enclave along with the rest of the main lagrange station. The oceans were further poisoned by toxic chemicals in the wreckage that impacted the surface, making the underwater settlements uninhabitable. Records regarding Grainne Kochowa’s early life and education are therefore lost.

The Arang Pelaiyu of Merso, displaying their species’ traditional stoicism, took the tragedy in stride and spread to other enclaves among the Imperium. Kochowa is listed as part of the group arriving in Flatrock in SIY 432. She is then listed in some late war dispatches, serving as a relief shuttle pilot. Review of historical records show she may have helped rescue over 500 souls fleeing the siege of Urmia.

Kochowa is believed to have continued to work as a pilot on and around Flatrock for the next few decades, often for medical and relief transports. Her name appears listed in flight plans for the Tyger beginning in late SIY 470.

Note: this entry will be updated with events from 473 SIY onward after reviewing newly acquired historical documents.


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Quorum Season Two is In Production!

Amazingly, this isn’t our whole cast from our virtual table readings in January

After plenty of time spent casting in the Fall, we returned from the holidays getting ready to product the second full season of Quorum (the first season and an ‘interlude’ are available to listen to already if you want to catch up).

The Gambler’s Tale: All That Glitters picks up with poker player and ad-hoc sleuth Jimmy Harmon almost a year later and in a new city, Los Angeles. While the city and its dangers might be new, you’ll find the mayhem and cliffhangers are what you’ve come to expect.

We have a cast of 28 actors voicing about 56 roles through a labyrinthine story that spans 10 episodes (just like season one). The picture above is from our virtual table read, which took two sessions considering it’s over 200 pages of script. That was late January.

Now we’re going through the slow, but steady process of recording each of those 28 actors. It’s a change from our usual style of gathering everyone together, but COVID demands we take those precautions — and we’ve been excited about the performances we’ve captured already.

Look for the next season of Quorum this Fall on WERA-LP 96.7 FM and on fine podcatchers everywhere.

Listen Live! Rogue Tyger – Episode 30: The End Run, Part 5 of 5

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now (4:15pm ET)  as we conclude our second season of Rogue Tyger.

Rogue Tyger cover by William R. Coughlan

Narrowly escaping enemy agents in the Imperial capital on Acheron, the crew of the Tyger search for a safe haven for themselves and Princess Nalini.

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Nalini al Zamin: Sophia Medley
Taquermeraphan 651: William R. Coughlan
Shen Enling: Yasmin Tuazon
Tormar: Phil Amico
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
Naveed: Neil Conway
Lady Shohreh: Samantha Merrick
Baker: Bjorn Munson
Grainne Kochowa: Erin Goldstein
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler
Grand Duke Khalil al-Zamin: Phil Amico
Crier: Matt Bostaph

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue editing by Maurice Malde.
Sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 15:45
Rated AD-PG, so parental guidance is suggested. Contains sci-fi related action, nasty smells, alcohol drinking as Vic fully avails himself of an open bar, and sudden, but inevitable betrayal.

Rated AD-PG (Audio Drama “PG”)