Special Relativity
Listen to the First Sound from Special Relativity

It’s been three years coming, but yesterday production officially began on the first episode of my web-radio series Special Relativity. (Which, as you remember, is the story of the most evil woman on Earth, who attempts to foil her own plan to destroy the Universe by traveling back in time to kidnap her younger self.)

Recording kicked off for this suddenly and unexpectedly bicoastal project on a snowy Sunday afternoon on the upper east side of Manhattan, while I listened in my apartment in Los Angeles in my pajamas. I present to you now a brief and beautiful product of that session, this alluring and seductive first sound from Special Relativity:

 

That, of course, is the terrifying battle cry of the Chief of the Royal Guard of the Prince of the Pigeon People.

I can tell you the name of the actor who’s making it later this week, when I announce the truly exceptional cast of the podcast. Stay tuned!

Help Me Destroy the Universe

Nearly three years ago, a bunch of people gave me money. Some of them did so because I bet them I could eat a wasp nest, but most of them were supporting my IndieGoGo campaign to fund my idea for a scripted podcast series Special Relativity, a sci-fi/comedy about the most evil woman on Earth, who travels back in time and kidnaps her younger self in a last-ditch attempt to save existence.

Despite their generosity, the campaign raised only twenty percent of its goal. With a lack of funds, I shelved the project while I awaited a more perfect future. TODAY, THAT MORE PERFECT FUTURE HAS (not) ARRIVED! Nevertheless,

I’m happy to announce that a 22-minute pilot episode of Special Relativity will debut online this spring.

Last year’s unprecedented success of the true-crime podcast Serial convinced me that the time was right for scripted radio to re-enter the online world. 1I say “re-enter” because 14 years ago, before there were such things as podcasts, or for that matter even iPods, I created a scripted online “radio” series for the children’s network Noggin. Radio Noggin streamed via RealAudio, a service which some of you might remember was almost as good as receiving shortwave broadcasts through your dental fillings. Anyway, you can listen to a highlight reel from the show here. But since the IndieGoGo money (plus my own contribution) isn’t enough to produce an entire first season, I’m making one episode. If people like it, I’ll find a way to make more. For now I can reveal the title of the premiere episode:

“First We Destroy the Universe”

I’m able to (barely) fund the pilot because I repaired and sold my 1968 Mercedes-Benz 250S. While I’m glad that makes this podcast project seem like an outtake from Darkness on the Edge of Town, sadly I have no more Mercedes to sell, let alone one per episode. The production could still desperately use money. So if you think you’ll like Special Relativity, or if you like me, please:


Meanwhile, stay tuned for more updates soon. Next up: the cast!

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1. I say “re-enter” because 14 years ago, before there were such things as podcasts, or for that matter even iPods, I created a scripted online “radio” series for the children’s network Noggin. Radio Noggin streamed via RealAudio, a service which some of you might remember was almost as good as receiving shortwave broadcasts through your dental fillings. Anyway, you can listen to a highlight reel from the show here.