The Tempest | Podium Audio

First Contact

The Tempest

By: Peter Cawdron

Released: April 18, 2023

Language: English

Format: Multi-cast

Duration: 11 hr, 3 min

Eighteen thousand colonists lie in suspended animation, awaiting a new life around another star.
Marc and Emma are on the graveyard shift onboard the Sycorax, an interstellar spacecraft bound for New Haven, a colony world fifty light years from Earth. For the crew of the Sycorax, interstellar flight is boring—that is, until they run into a tempest. Before long, they find themselves on a crippled spacecraft falling toward a black hole, but that’s the least of their problems…
The Tempest is a tribute to Shakespeare’s final play and explores similar themes while weaving some of his dialogue into the narrative. It includes references to the 1950s classic sci-fi film _Forbidden Planet _and Michael Crichton’s Sphere, both of which were influenced by Shakespeare’s work.
First Contact is a series of standalone novels that explore the social, political, religious, and scientific aspects of humanity’s first interaction with extraterrestrial life. These books can be listened to in any order.



Peter Cawdron

Peter is an Australian science fiction writer, specializing in making hard science fiction easy to understand and thoroughly enjoyable. His FIRST CONTACT series is topical rather than character-based, meaning each book stands alone. These audiobooks can be listened to in any order, but they all focus on the same topic—First Contact with extraterrestrial lifeforms. In this regard, this series is akin to BLACK MIRROR or THE TWILIGHT ZONE