The Riddle of Hyperion

One person may have stumbled upon the forgotten creation of an ancient people who erased their very existence from all records.

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: Duration is 32 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. In the midst of a forest clearing lies a giant humanoid robot or automaton, facedown, covered in vines, one hand plunging into the earth, the other covered with overgrowth. The small figure of a human being stands before the fallen figure. The human is as tall as one of the fallen figure’s fingers. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” lays over the image’s center. The words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Mystery” are displayed in front of the image. The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title fades away. Subtitles appear in time with narration at the bottom of the screen: “‘Why can’t I find my way out of here? I’ve tried using my instruments. I’ve tried using the stars as guides. I’m sure I’ve gone back the way I came, but I keep finding myself circling back here. It’s as if the path has folded in on itself.’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Yes? Does that mean—do you know what’s going on with the path?’ ‘The path is there. The walker is not.’” At the video’s end, a text box appears over the image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at”]

The Riddle of Hyperion Storyfeather

An ancient people with great potential built a glorious thing before they succumbed to corruption, fell into ruin, and vanished from the world.

Story: “The Riddle of Hyperion” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “Hyperion Found” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel

Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)

Music by Komiku
“Where you hear the prayer (McGuffin theme)”

Music by Andy Ray*

Music by Unnamed Artist(s)*
“Exploration_Technologic Place (loop)”
“Exploration_Cave (loop)”
“Exploration_Dark (loop)”

*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundle I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.

Music by Komiku is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License
Music by Andy Ray and the unnamed artists is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at
Find more music by Komiku at and
Find more music by Andy Ray and…uh, various unnamed artists at
Find more stories by Nila at

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For more podcast episodes, visit the Storyfeather Podcast page.

Tags: giant, glorious thing, Hyperion, worm
Genre: Mystery, Horror

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