A cast and crew of middle school students put on an original play about cosmic heroes and deadly aliens.
On this page, you’ll find the podcast episode trailer and the full episode.
And of course, a link to the source, the short story.
Video description: Trailer for “Attack of the Giant Cyclops Worm.” 35 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Science Fiction” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “A cast and crew of middle school students put on an original play about cosmic heroes and deadly aliens.” The title card and tagline fade. Digital drawing. Foreground bottom, the silhouettes of figures seen from the back, mostly from shoulder-up, and surrounded by a glow of light. They are facing a stage. On stage at left is a girl, on her knees with arms outstretched. She wears a long coat and a hat. In front of her is a small worm-like creature with one large eye which is looking at her. In front of the girl is a small puppet of a worm-like creature. In front of that small creature is a larger worm puppet whose body takes up the whole length of the stage. A pair of humanoid legs can be seen under the large worm puppet. Lying along the worm’s back, holding onto it is a boy wearing a clear helmet with a hose leading to an attachment on his belt. Alongside the large worm is another smaller worm. Behind that smaller worm is a tall robotic figure. Behind the robot is a kid in a costume that looks like hollow metal tubes from which a carrot head emerges. Behind them is a background painted with hills and a vague building in the distance. Above left hang clouds and a moon. Watermark of the word “storyfeather” lies over the image. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “‘In the distant future, Mother Monocula, a giant cyclops worm from the planet Thelarvaria, unable to sustain her million larval children on their native planet, only seeks a new home when she comes upon a new and fertile world.’ That world, of course, was Earth.” Story title appears at top as a magenta light flashes and the image blurs. Website URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades as appears at center displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at storyfeather.com.”
Episode Released: 4 November 2022
“I am Exoplanetary Janet, Traveler of the Cosmos.” She raised her arm and swept her hand slowly from left to right.
There was whispering at the back of the class. Two girls, so thick-as-thieves that they were more like one two-headed girl, glanced at Janet, then resumed whispering. One of them, Rhine, raised her hand.
“Then why are you dressed like a cowgirl, Miss Winsome?” she asked.
STORY INSPIRATION FUN FACT: The character of Exoplanetary Janet is an homage to Interplant Janet from “Schoolhouse Rock.” (Another one of my fave songs was “Victim of Gravity.” I liked the science ones.)
Story: “Attack of the Giant Cyclops Worm” Copyright © 2018 by Nila L. Patel
Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production: Nila L. Patel
“Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)
Music by Benjamin Carr (Scythuz)*
Music by Chris Logsdon*
Music by Andrew Sitkov (MuzStation Game Music)*
“Casual Theme #2”
“Casual Theme #3”
“Prepare for Battle”
*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.
Music by Benjamin Carr, Chris Logsdon, and Andrew Sitkov is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket
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FROM SEASON 5 (AKA YEAR 5)
THIS SEASON’S THEME IS S.T.E.A.M.
(SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS, MATHEMATICS)
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Tags: Alien, Cyclops Worm, Darany, Davenport, Janet Winsome, Marty, Moira, Pi-Maker, Rhine, Robot, Sheila, Weirdly
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