There was a time when space exploration was full of romance, adventure, and danger. But that time is well past. Turns out, space isn’t that interesting once you’ve mapped out the intergalactic transport routes between habitable planets. These days, the deep expanses of space are about as exciting as your average interstate off-ramp in the middle of a desert.
At one of these desolate, deep space rest stops, we find Neil, a starry eyed kid who still dreams of exploring the cosmos even though the only space job he’s barely qualified for is this rest stop, and his manager, Hugo, who’s more than qualified to work in the galaxy’s greatest scientific institutes, but for years has chosen to keep vigil at this remote fueling station even though he clearly hates it. Thousands of lightyears from civilization, this odd couple is on the brink of driving each other mad or uncovering the universe’s greatest mystery.
Rest Stop is a scifi/comedy audio drama I wrote very, very, very subtly influenced by Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It won the Austin Film Festival 2018 Best Podcast Fiction script award.