The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian: Science Fiction for Kids

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian: Science Fiction for Kids

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a serialized science-fiction story for kids (start with Episode 1), told in 15-20 minute episodes for parents to put on when driving around town, or to marathon on road trips, or to bond over before bed. The story centers on Finn Caspian, an 8-year-old boy aboard The Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station. He and his friends Abigail, Elias and Vale are Explorers Troop 301, taking off from the Marlowe to explore uncharted planets, help the occasional alien, and solve a mystery that threatens to destroy the Marlowe. When pressed, we describe it as a "mystery gang" story, sort of like Scooby-Doo in space. The story is written and performed by Jonathan Messinger, author of Hiding Out, former web editor of Time Out Chicago Kids, and father of two boys. His son Griffin, 7, serves as editor of the story, appearing in episodes to critique, make predictions and express skepticism that his father knows what he's talking about, which also happens to be the way the rest of their relationship works. Produced in partnership with Gen-Z Media. For more great Gen-Z podcasts visit:


August 1, 2016 2 mins

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian tells the story of a boy aboard the Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Space Station who explores far-flung galaxies, interacts with curious aliens and solves a mystery that will (fingers crossed) keep his home from being vaporized. Finn is a part of Explorers Troop 301, along with his best friends Abigail, Elias and Vale, and this episode introduces listeners to the stars of this scienc...

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The Alien Adventures begin! On today's show, we meet Finn and his friends—Abigail, Elias and Vale—better known as Explorers Troop 301. The Troop is getting ready for Finn's birthday party by sneaking in somewhere they don't belong. And there's a sign of danger to come.  Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music. The outro music is called "Shiny Spaceship" by 8-Bit Ninja, and was used via Cre...
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August 16, 2016 25 mins
When last we saw Finn and the members of Explorers Troop 301, they were off limits in the Robot Factory, and someone was coming in the door to catch them. On today's show, we reveal who caught them redhanded, hear a dire warning for Finn, and then head to his birthday party where he'll finally get his robot. That is, unless something happens. But what could possibly happen?! Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Wor...
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August 24, 2016 24 mins
After narrowly avoiding a very serious conflict with our introduction robot, we return to the action aboard the Marlowe. Finn and Abigail have to face off against three monster invaders. Will they be able to do it?  Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the Mayfair Workshop for his theme music. The outro music is called "Shiny Spaceship" by 8-Bit Ninja, and was used via Creative Commons license. Much of the background music you...
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August 30, 2016 20 mins
With the Marlowe still recovering from the monster attack, Finn and his friends get into a little mischief aboard the station. But that all comes to an end when they're sent on their first exploring mission, to a planet they've been told will be peaceful, quiet, and maybe even a little bit boring. The good (bad) news is that their visit turns anything but boring. We're still collecting alien jokes and names for our robot. ...
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September 6, 2016 21 mins
On today's episode, we find out why Explorers Troop 301 has been sucked underground by the mysterious alien race called the Dwellers…and it's not good! Turns out the Dwellers give a whole new meaning to the term "Baby Boomers." Will Finn and friends find Elias? Will they make it back out? What is the strange object found by one of the friendly Patiens? And most importantly: WHAT IS MY ROBOT'S NAME? All of these questions w...
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September 13, 2016 20 mins
Finn and the rest of the Explorers Troop 301 return to the Marlowe to find that not everyone is as excited to put all the puzzle pieces together as they are. In fact, they feel shipped off on their new mission to a beautiful, verdant planet. But not everything is as pristine and pretty as it seems at first, and the kids need to run for their lifebobs! Also on today's episode, we revealed BeeBop's expensive diet, and how yo...
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September 20, 2016 5 mins
Before we get to episode seven, we're celebrating our editor's birthday with a special bonus episode, featuring more robots of the Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station. Here are the books each of the robots were inspired by:   Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis The Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winnick Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie We recommend loaning out books ...
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September 21, 2016 20 mins
Oh man! Finn and his friends are on the run when this episode begins, and it isn't until they're in a secret underground lair with a very important stone that they're able to see a way out of the mess. Luckily, Abigail has a trick up her sleeve. Also on today's episode, BeeBop chows down on some of your art. Thanks for sending it in! Also, it's time to refill the joke bin! Send one in! Many thanks to Mark Greenberg of the ...
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September 27, 2016 23 mins
In today's episode, the kids in Troop 301 find themselves exploring their own home the way they would an alien planet. There are reportedly aliens aboard the Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station, and the troop is finding evidence all around. But that's not even the big news aboard the Marlowe. There's a new robot in town, and Finn and Foggy aren't too happy about it. Also, it's time to refill the jok...
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October 5, 2016 25 mins
On today's episode, the Explorers Troop head to another planet, but this time with a number of guests in tow. Finn and Foggy make up, but Voltronix Zu isn't exactly ingratiating himself to the Explorers Troop on the trip. Also, we're soliciting questions for BeeBop, so send yours in to You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166. Also, it's time to refill the joke bin! Send one in! Ma...
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October 11, 2016 23 mins
In today's episode, the kids in Explorers' Troop 301 once again find themselves in trouble on the surface of an alien planet, as the giant Saphrite sends out an army to stop the invaders. And once again, the explorers have to head beneath the surface of a planet before they can blast off. But! What does it mean when you head below the surface of a living planet? It means some…interesting…terrain. SPOILER ALERT: DON'T READ ...
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October 18, 2016 23 mins
While BeeBop launches his presidential campaign, the kids in Explorers' Troop 301 have to face off with the angry spider and some new interplanetary creatures. Can the explorers get out of Saphrite's belly in one piece? And once they get out there, what more dangers and mysteries await them? We always need art and jokes sent to, and we'll relay it to the explorers. Send yours! And if you have a questi...
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October 25, 2016 24 mins
Who is the Mystery Man the Explorers found in Saphrite's crystal prison? And what's with that other ship that's getting a little too close for comfort? In today's episode, the Explorers Troop 301 face their most dangerous threat yet, and it's human! We always need art and jokes sent to, and we'll relay it to the explorers. Send yours! And if you have a question for presidential nominee beebop@finncasp...
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October 31, 2016 10 mins
Today's episode takes a break from the regular Finn Caspian storyline to tell a short, spooky story for Halloween. Every year the Marlowe throws the best Halloween party in the universe. But this year, an uninvited guest causes some trouble for the Explorers (especially Voltronix Zu). For parents: There's nothing about this story that's particularly scary compared to other Finn stories, but the ghost's voice is maybe a lit...
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November 2, 2016 27 mins
In today's episode, many of the questions surrounding the Marlowe, the Wild Things, and the Bad Guy Bunce are answered, but the explorers aren't sure they like those answers. And with the adults ready to chase down Bunce, the kids make a discovery that sends them on their own  We always love art and jokes sent to,. Send yours! You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166. Many thanks to ...
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November 10, 2016 28 mins
The Explorers Troop 301 face their most dangerous and difficult mission yet, tracking down Marlowe archenemy Bunce, all without Foggy. On the mysterious red planet, they'll have to pass through numerous trials before the final face-off. And when one of them disappears, despair begins to set in. There are also angry moles. Enjoy! We always love art and jokes sent to,. Send yours! You can also, of cours...
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November 15, 2016 20 mins
In the sort-of season sort-of finale the Explorers Troop 301 must enter the giant moth nests of the red planet to root out Bunce, Boggis and Bean. But before that can happen, they get help from some old friends, and have to dodge the booby-trap laden stronghold of the villains.  Today's episode is a bit of a fake-out! It's part one of the finale. Part two will be coming later this week. Thanks to those who have joined Grif...
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November 19, 2016 28 mins
In the final face-off with Bunce, Boggis and Bean, Explorers Troop 301 and their friends split up to find the villains, the dreamstone and the captured adults. That means dodging more traps, hunting down the precious stone, and stopping the Marlowe's archenemies before they escape to the station. And in a final showdown, the explorers have to use everything they've learned in the last weeks as everything comes to a head. T...
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November 23, 2016 10 mins
In this episode, BeeBop takes the controls to tell us his origin story, and about life on the world where he lived on before traveling to Earth. Listeners who have sent their art in to our robot will want to hear this one. We always love art and jokes sent to And don't forget about Griffin's Sound Club! Send yours! You can also, of course, call our voice mail: 773-683-3166. If you have a second, and ...
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