Further Delays - Zach Family Emergency, Explained

Hey everyone! Zach Valenti here.

I'm writing to inform you that we're further behind schedule than we intended to be and have another revision to make to the release schedule (see below).

After 89 years around the sun, my grandmother passed away last Tuesday. She'd been in the palliative care ward for a little over a week before that with a prognosis of 72 hours. It was a miracle she lasted along as she did and even more of a miracle I got to be by her side as she passed, holding her hand, telling her how much love she brought to the world. She asked me to send you all her very best and let you know that she had a brush with audio drama acting in her youth. Wolf 359 was a dream come true for her, lived vicariously through me, and everyone reading this is a huge part of that.

Suffice it to say, however, it's been more challenging than usual to produce our Mission Mishaps episodes in light of this (not to mention while producing the finale, editing the next full episode, writing more mini episodes, drafting the Goddard Special, gearing up for Pryce & Carter's DSSPPM, and handling our respective freelance jobs). For anyone feeling upset about this change of schedule and in desperate need of yelling at someone, please direct your frustration at me for being an extra-hard level of Minesweeper when it comes to scheduling right now. For the fastest response time, I recommend Twitter (http://twitter.com/zachvalenti). I repeat, be upset with me and me only. Any criticism aimed at Gabriel or Sarah will lose you 20 Karma points. You know who you are. They're busy trying to land Wolf 359 on the storytelling tarmac and we're coming in hot, so please send only compassion and words of encouragement their way (http://twitter.com/GabrielUrbinaTM & https://twitter.com/sarahshachat).

The Newly Revised Schedule:

Mission Mishaps 4: Friday Oct 27th

Episode 56: Tuesday Oct 31st

Episode 57: Friday Nov 3rd

Mission Mishaps 5: next Tuesday

Episode 58: Next Monday

 

Further Update - Season 4 Release Schedule

Hello again, everyone!

Unfortunately, a bit of bad news. Due to some unforeseen and wholly unavoidable circumstances, we have had to push back the recording session for this week's Mission Mishaps. We apologize for the late notice on this. 

The fourth Mission Mishaps will be released next Monday, and Episode 56 will be released at the end of next week. The full schedule for the immediate future is: 

Monday October 23rd: Mission Mishaps, Entry Four. 

Friday October 27th: Episode 56, Idle Hands. (Part One of Two)

Tuesday October 31st: Episode 57, The Devil's Plaything. (Part Two of Two)

Tuesday November 7th: Mission Mishaps, Entry Five. 

Monday November 13th: Episode 58, Quiet, Please

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to balance unexpected twists and turns with production on our finale episode. And, of course, thank you also for listening. 

Mission Mishaps: You Want, I Solve

The final season continues with the third entry in Mission Mishaps, our mini episode series! We get to make them because we reached our $4,000 goal on our Patreon campaign! Visit our Season 4 page to listen to You Want, I Solve! 

Mission Mishaps, Entry Three. Hephaestus Log #WME389. Day three-hundred and seventy-two. Eiffel encounters a stowaway.

This mini episode was written by Zach Valenti and directed by Gabriel Urbina. 

If you enjoy this mini episode and would like more short-form content from Wolf 359, please consider signing up for a recurring monthly donation on Patreon. The support we receive month to month is what made this episode possible. If we get enough support to stay above $4,000 per month, we will have one of these every week when there isn't a full episode release. That's weekly Wolf 359 from now until the end of the year! 

Stay tuned... another Mission Mishaps mini episode will be out at the start of next week! 

Updated Season 4 Release Schedule

Hey everyone! As we barrel into the second half of our fourth season and the cast and crew dive into the full production for the final chapters, we wanted to give you slight update for the release dates of upcoming episodes.

Wednesday October 11th: Mission Mishaps, Entry Three.

Tuesday October 17th: Mission Mishaps, Entry Four. 

Monday October 23rd: Episode 56, Idle Hands. (Part One of Two)

Monday October 30th: Episode 57, The Devil's Plaything. (Part Two of Two)

Tuesday November 7th: Mission Mishaps, Entry Five. 

Monday November 13th: Episode 58, Quiet, Please

From there onwards, the season will continue on its regular schedule, with new full episodes released on Mondays and Mission Mishaps Mini Episodes released on Tuesdays. 

We're making these tiny adjustments for two reasons: first, as we get the hang of weekly Wolf 359, we are discovering the limits of what our (already sleep-deprived) post-production team can accomplish. Moving our Mission Mishaps releases to Tuesdays rather than Mondays will help to alleviate the editing and mixing pressure, while still allowing for weekly helpings of Wolf 359

Secondly, after much careful deliberation, the creative team has decided that it will be better for Episodes 56 and 57, which together tell a single, massive story, to only be released one week apart. This slight reshuffle of our October releases allows us to minimize the gap between these episodes.

Thank you for your patience, and for listening to the show! We think you are going to really enjoy the final twelve weeks of Wolf 359!

Episode 55: A Place For Everything

IMPORTANT: Please be advised this episode of Wolf 359 contains disturbing content, threats of violence, and firearms. Listener discretion is advised.

We're starting the sprint towards the end! Episode 55 is now live! Visit the Season 4 page to listen to A Place For Everything!

Following Eiffel's sudden disappearance, Minkowski and the crew work overtime to try to locate their missing Communications Officer. But when they instead make contact with Command agents en route to the station, the team must make some very difficult decisions about how to handle this new threat. Plus, hands-on work, very slim chances, the kill squad, participation awards, and the image of God.

Tonight's episode was written and directed by Gabriel Urbina. 

As always, a huge thank you to everyone that's helped us get this final season of Wolf 359 made, especially everyone who's signed up for a recurring monthly donation on our Patreon campaign. Thanks to all of your generous donations we're going to continue releasing mini episodes every Monday there isn't a new full-length episode for the month of October! If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our first two Mission Mishaps Mini Episodes!

Stay tuned - another Mission Mishaps mini episode will be up next week, and the next full episode is coming soon! 

Mission Mishaps: The Space You're In

The final season continues with the second entry in Mission Mishaps, our mini episode series! We get to make them because we reached our $4,000 goal on our Patreon campaign! Visit our Season 4 page to listen to The Space You're In! 

Mission Mishaps, Entry Two. Hephaestus Mission Log #KWE824. Day 202. Eiffel tries to avoid his daily chores around the station. 

This mini episode was written and directed by Sarah Shachat. 

If you enjoy this mini episode and would like more short-form content from Wolf 359, please consider signing up for a recurring monthly donation on Patreon. The support we receive month to month is what made this episode possible. If we get enough support to stay above $4,000 per month, we will have one of these every week when there isn't a full episode release. That's weekly Wolf 359 from now until the end of the year! 

Stay tuned... Episode 55: A Place For Everything will be out at the start of next week! 

Episode 54: The Watchtower

We're halfway through our fourth and final season! Episode 54 is now live! Visit the Season 4 page to listen to The Watchtower!

Slowly floating towards Wolf 359, untethered and separated from everyone else on the crew, Officer Eiffel tries a radical approach to solving the aliens' riddle. However, it's only a matter of time before he realizes the situation might be more complicated, more unpredictable, and more dangerous than he ever imagined. Plus, a place where the sidewalk ends, very necessary drama, the immortal words of Marvin Gaye, a momentary road bump, and the express train to Grand Central.

This episode's music features Sonata Pathétique by Ludwig Van Beethoven. This interpretation of the piece comes courtesy of Musopen. Tonight's episode was written and directed by Gabriel Urbina. 

As always, a big, big, big thank you to everyone that's helped us cover the production costs of the series, especially everyone who's signed up for a recurring monthly donation on our Patreon campaign. Thanks to all of your generous donations, we've reached one of our stretch goals for the season: as long as we stay above $4,000 per month, we're going to be releasing mini episodes every Monday there isn't a new full-length episode of Wolf 359! If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our first Mission Mishaps Mini Episode: A Little Night Music!

Stay tuned - another Mission Mishaps mini episode will be up next week, and the next full episode will be up the week after that! 

Mission Mishaps: A Little Night Music

The final season continues with the first entry in Mission Mishaps, our new mini episode series! These are something very special - we get to make them because we reached our $4,000 goal on our Patreon campaign! Visit our Season 4 page to listen to A Little Night Music! 

Mission Mishaps, Entry One. Hephaestus Formal Complaint #ARB062. Day 510. Eiffel tries to boost the crew's morale with a bit of sonic artistry appreciation. 

This mini episode was written and directed by Gabriel Urbina. Its music features Fur Elise by Ludwig Van Beethoven. It also featured Fantasy in C by Franz Shubert and The William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini. Both of these pieces come courtesy of Musopen. It also features Canon in D Major, composed by Johann Pachelbel and performed by Kevin MacLeod.  

If you enjoy this mini episode and would like more short-form content from Wolf 359, please consider signing up for a recurring monthly donation on Patreon. The support we receive month to month is what made this episode possible. If we get enough support to stay above $4,000 per month, we will have one of these every week when there isn't a full episode release. That's weekly Wolf 359 from now until the end of the year! 

Stay tuned... Episode 54: The Watchtower will be out in less than a week! 

Episode 53: Dirty Work

We're almost halfway through our fourth season! Episode 53 is now live! Visit the Season 4 page to listen to Dirty Work!

Please be advised, this episode of Wolf 359 contains discussions of violence and death. Listener discretion is advised.

When Eiffel picks up signs of a transmission from deep space just hours before Hera's scheduled to go through an internal reset, the crew is divided on whether he should attempt to pursue it or not. But with only the autopilot for backup and an unexpected threat waiting in the wings, they soon discover they're more vulnerable than any of them realize. Plus, above average chimpanzees, horrifying threats of bodily mutilation, Plan C, rules of project management, and elaborate pranks to teach important lessons. 

This episode's music features The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, performed by John Harrison. This interpretation of the piece comes courtesy of Musopen. Tonight's episode was written by Emma Sherr-Ziarko and directed by Gabriel Urbina. 

As always, an enormous, heartfelt thank you to everyone that's helped us cover the production costs of the series and to get the show made, especially everyone who's signed up for a recurring monthly donation on our Patreon campaign. Thanks to all of your generous donations, we've just reached one of our stretch goals for the season: as long as we stay above $4,000 per month, we're going to be releasing mini episodes every Monday there isn't a new full-length episode of Wolf 359, starting with a guaranteed mini episode next Monday, September 11th! The amount of generous support that we get from our listeners every month is beyond belief, but this is really beyond words. If you haven't done so already, there's still time to sign up for a monthly donation - help us make more Wolf 359 and get some great rewards while you're at it! 

Stay tuned - the next episode of Wolf 359 will be here before you know it...  

Episode 52: Constructive Criticism

Once again, the time has come! Episode 52 is now live! Visit the Season 4 page to listen to Constructive Criticism

Following the fiasco that was his latest attempt at radio journalism, Officer Eiffel has retreated away from the crew, working long hours mostly by himself. Things take a turn for the worse, however, when a dangerous gas is accidentally released throughout the station. Quarantined in Hilbert's old lab while Hera works to undo the environmental damage, the crew and their prisoners resort to increasingly desperate means to fight off boredom, slow-simmering resentments, and Eiffel's growing insecurities about his place on the Hephaestus. Plus, tragic accidents, slight malfunctions, Franken-Nouveau decor, interjection-y glory, and a complete lack of moral compass.

This episode’s music features The Cello Sonata by Claude Debussy. This interpretation of the piece comes courtesy of Musopen. It was written by Sarah Shachat and directed by Gabriel Urbina. 

As always, a big, big thank you to everyone that's donated to help with the production of the show, especially everyone who's signed up for a recurring monthly donation on our Patreon campaign. Thanks to all of your generous donations, we've just reached one of our stretch goals for the season: we're going to be producing a another giant-sized Special Episode, this time covering the history and inner workings of Goddard Futuristics! The amount of generous support that we get from our listeners week after week absolutely blows us away, never more so than at times like this. If you haven't done so already, there's still time to sign up for a monthly donation - help us make more Wolf 359 while we still can, and get some fabulous rewards while you're at it! 

Stay tuned - we're coming up on the halfway mark for Season 4 very, very quickly...  

Three Years of Wolf 359, Change of Mind Re-Released, and New Behind-the-Scenes Extras!

It's Wolf 359's birthday! Three years ago, to this day, we released Succulent Rat-Killing Tar, Little Revolución, and Discomforts, Pains, and Irregularities! Oh, back then we had no idea how much of our lives would get taken over by this crazy little show, or how many lives this series would touch in just three short years! Looking back on where we started is a really flabbergasting experience - both because of everything we've done since then and because of all the attention, support, encouragement, affection, and love that we've gotten from our listeners! 

So what are we doing to celebrate? Glad you asked! First of all, we've just re-released our first giant-sized Special Episode: Change of Mind! Originally only available through our friends at Spoke, the feature-length flashback adventure is now available for download through our website and through your favorite podcasting apps! Whether it's your first time listening or you want to relive your time with Lambert, Fourier, Hui, Fisher, Selberg, and Lovelace, there's no better time to revisit Change of Mind! 

And, after you're done listening to the Special, head on over to our Extras page for a new behind-the-scenes bonus feature: a full-length audio commentary for Change of Mind! Writer-Director Gabriel Urbina goes through every scene of the episode, sharing thoughts on the writing of the scripts, stories from the making-of, and general trivia tidbits on the making of a giant-sized episode.

Doing an audio commentary for a podcast is kind of an experiment for us, so let us know what you think! If you like it and want to hear more of these in the future, let us know! 

Thank to all of our listeners for three unbelievable years of Wolf 359. A very special thank you to everyone that's supported us on our Patreon campaign for making Change of Mind possible, and to the amazing folks at Spoke for taking the plunge and going on this adventure with us. We're looking forward to sharing a few more adventures with you before the end of the series in December! 

Episode 51: Shut Up And Listen

The next chapter of Season 4 is here! Episode 51 is now live! Visit the Season 4 page to listen to Shut Up and Listen

Space Monkey Radio proudly presents U.F.Overview: a new series that offers in-depth analysis on the possibility of alien contact, and explores the complex realities of communicating with non-terrestrial beings. What do we know? How do we know it? When will we know that what we're trying to know is something we can know? Join our two intrepid co-hosts as they ponder these questions. Plus, archive recordings, hapless civilians, nine-dimensional formats, the world's suckiest pleasure cruise, and the forefront of evil in thirty-two different star systems.

Tonight's episode was written and directed by Gabriel Urbina.

As always, a huge, special thank you to everyone that's donated to help cover the production costs of the show, especially everyone who's signed up for a recurring monthly donation on our Patreon campaign. Additionally, a big shout to to everyone who's left a review on our iTunes page, and helped to introduce the show to new listeners. All the new episodes - and everything else we're doing this final season - is only possible thanks to your help, dedication, and generosity. 

Stay tuned - more new episodes are right around the corner... 

Episode 50: The Hiccups Method

Season 4 continues! Episode 50 is now live! Visit the Season 4 page to listen to The Hiccups Method

It’s been a few weeks since the crew aborted repairs on the Urania, and they are no closer to figuring out how to satisfy the aliens' mysterious demands. If only they had someone on board who shared some sort of connection with these beings... But convincing Captain Lovelace to try and reach out to the alien presence for answers is only half the battle - they will have to really think outside the box in order to make contact. Plus, Borg network action, intergalactic twenty questions, Ouija boards, the Avatar State, and purely academic curiosity.

Tonight's episode was written by Zach Valenti and directed by Gabriel Urbina.

As always, an enormous thank you and shout out to everyone who's helped us to make the show, especially everyone who's signed up for a recurring monthly donation on our Patreon campaign and to everyone who's left a review on our iTunes page. Everything we're doing for this final season is only possible thanks to your support and your generosity. 

Stay tuned - new episodes are coming every two weeks for the rest of the year... 
 

Episode 49: Out of the Loop

Season 4 continues tonight! Episode 49 is now live! Visit the Season 4 page to listen to Out of the Loop

With the end of the Urania's repairs in sight, the crew is throwing all their energy into one final push. But as the finish line inches closer, Captain Lovelace begins to notice something strange. Work is mysteriously getting undone each morning, and certain events seem to be repeating themselves day in and day out. What is happening? And why does no one else seem to notice? Plus, hydraulic horsepower, horrific manipulation, highly unlikely events, the sledgehammer approach, and Hephaestus Crisis Dog Years.

Tonight's episode was written by Sarah Shachat and directed by Gabriel Urbina.

As always, a very big thank you to everyone who has contributed to the show. A super special shout out to everyone who's signed up for a recurring monthly donation on our Patreon campaign and to everyone who's left a review on our iTunes page. These new episodes are possible thanks to your support and your generosity. 

Stay tuned - things are just getting started... 

Episode 48: Theta Scenario

Season 4 - and our outrageous run of unbelievable guest stars - continues tonight! Episode 48 is now live! Visit the Season 4 page to listen to Theta Scenario

Please be advised this episode of Wolf 359 contains mentions of violence, death, and suicide. Listener discretion is advised.

As Eiffel, Minkowski, Hera, and Lovelace try to decide how to allocate their limited resources, Kepler finally reveals some of Goddard Futuristics's most deeply held secrets. Before the crew can consider the existential implications of these revelations, however, they'll need to deal with their own growing fears, insecurities, and personal conflicts. Plus, snake-filled pits, educated guesses, paradigm shifts, impractical human emotions, and the remainder of our musical program.

Tonight's episode was written and directed by Gabriel Urbina. It features Julia Morizawa in the role of Commander Zhang. It also features The Waltz of the Flowers, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. This interpretation of the piece comes courtesy of Musopen

As always, thank you to everyone who has contributed to the making of this show, and to our fourth and final season. Many, special thanks to everyone who's left a review on our iTunes page and to everyone who's signed up for a recurring monthly donation on our Patreon campaign. These new episodes are possible thanks to your support and your generosity. 

Stay tuned - thirteen more episodes of Wolf 359 are just around the corner! 

Mini Episode 14: One of Them

The final season continues with a short Mini Episode! Visit our Season 4 page to listen to One of Them!

In tonight's episode, Eiffel and Minkowski listen in on a tense discussion. This episode was written and directed by Gabriel Urbina.

If you enjoy this mini episode and would like more short-form content from Wolf 359, please consider signing up for a recurring monthly donation on Patreon. The support we receive month to month is what allows us to spend time making the show - and we want to make as much of it as we can before everything wraps up in December! 

Stay tuned - the second full episode of our fourth season drops a week from today!

Episode 47: Into the Depths

The wait is over, the wait is over! Episode 47 is now live! Visit our brand new Season 4 page to listen to Into the Depths! Welcome to the fourth - and final! - season of Wolf 359!

Please be advised this episode of Wolf 359 contains violence. Listener discretion is advised.

The crew of the Hephaestus's day just got a whole lot worse. The funeral they were holding was interrupted by one of the deceased seemingly coming back to life, their station is being battered by radiation, and Hera has gone offline. And - oh yes - the alien contact event they've been hearing so much about has only just started. It's going to take everything the beleaguered team has to weather the storm, deal with the two enemy prisoners in their midst, and come to grips with what's happened to Captain Lovelace. Plus, a chain reaction, trash duty, cool dental plans, the sacred tradition of "Nose Goes," and why we get into trouble. 

Tonight's episode was written by Gabriel Urbina and directed by Gabriel Urbina and Mischa Stanton. It also features the voices of Kristen DiMercurio, Katie Speed, Reyn Beeler, and Zach Ehrlich. To listen to more of Mischa Stanton's work, check out ars Paradoxica and The Far Meridian

As always, thank you so much to everyone who has helped us make this show and spread the word about it. A special shout out to everyone who's left a review on our iTunes page and to everyone who's signed up for a monthly donation on our Patreon campaign over our hiatus. This final year of the show promises to be our biggest and most ambitious one to date, and we could have never done that without you! 

Stay tuned - there's fourteen more episodes of Wolf 359 still ahead of us! 

Surprise! Special Episode Now Available

Surprise, everyone! You can now listen to the first Wolf 359 Special Episode, Change of Mind, through Spoke

A few months ago, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our recurring donors on Patreon, we got to begin work on a special project, one we've been wanting to do for the last two years. The idea was to create a one-off flashback episode, taking us back to Captain Lovelace's first mission on the Hephaestus and her original crew. Today, thanks to additional support from our friends at Spoke, this Special Episode is finished. You can now listen to our new, feature-film-length, never-before-heard episode, Change of Mind

In order to get this new episode, head on over to Spoke's website or download their mobile app. If you're not familiar with Spoke, they're a new app for podcasts from Sirius XM. They're all about making the podcasting experience social, and helping you find amazing new content you're going to love. Don't worry - the Special is available for free, and you don't need to sign up for anything - although we highly recommend you do! They took production on this special to next level, and are doing amazing things for the audio community, so definitely check out their work. (And who knows... you might find a couple more new Wolf 359 tidbits hiding out in their directory.)

But for now, please enjoy the first Special Episode of Wolf 359. And man, what an episode it is. It's not just our longest episode to date (over two hours!) but also one of our most ambitious, most intimate, and most twisted outings to date. We got to work with amazing actors and musicians in creating this audio adventure. We loved making this, and we hope you'll love listening to it. 

Please be advised this episode of Wolf 359 contains violence. Listener discretion is advised.

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Captain Lovelace, commanding officer of the U.S.S. Hephaestus Station, is not having a great week. She's butting heads with Communications Officer Lambert, her pedantic second-in-command. Doctors Hui and Fourier, her astrophysicists, seem more interested in an upcoming stellar flare than in basic station safety. Her engineer, Fisher, is getting fed up with the constant bickering, and her chief science officer, Doctor Selberg, isn't exactly... dependable. But things really take a turn for the worse when her superiors at Command decide it's time to put her crew through a very special training exercise, one carefully tailored to get under their skin. Lovelace, Lambert, and the rest of the crew must come together if they hope to make it through the longest, strangest, and most dangerous day of their expedition so far. Plus, apoplectic fugue states, emotional decision-making, corporate acid trips, never-before-seen attractions, and work of real substance.

This episode was written and directed by Gabriel Urbina, from a story by Lillian Holman, Cecilian Lynn-Jacobs, Sarah Shachat, and Gabriel Urbina. It features voice work by Beth Eyre, Ariel Estrada, Peter Coleman, and Mary Kate Wiles. It also features Paradise Valley by Honey and the Sting. Listen to more of their work at their Bandcamp.

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to Patreon over the past months. This episode was only possible due to your generosity, and we are forever in your debt for allowing us to tell this story. And thank you, once again, to our friends at Spoke. They took what was going to be a quick side detour and turned it into an epic journey we could have never undertaken by ourselves. 

Stay tuned: the beginning of Season 4 - the beginning of the final season - is just around the corner! 

2017, Season 4, and Series Ends

Hey Friends,

Does everyone have a minute? I wanted to share a couple of things about the future of Wolf 359 and what we're going to be doing this year. And, as is so often the case with these sorts of things, it comes in the form of Good News and Bad News.

First, the Farnsworth bit: good news, everyone! Wolf 359 will be back this year, and we will be doing a full season. Hooray! Season Four will begin on June 12th, and it'll be fifteen...ish full episodes. I know that's a longer gap between seasons than we've had before, but we want to spend a bit longer on the writing and the production of these upcoming episodes. And - more good news! - that also means we won't be taking a mid-season hiatus this year. Once new episodes begin, we'll run, uninterrupted, every two weeks until the final episode on December 25th

Which leads us to the bad news, and that is that... well, there's no easy way to say it, so let's just get it out: Wolf 359 is coming to its end. This upcoming season's final episode will also be our series finale. 

I know that this is going to be a sad development for many - it's a very sad one for me! This isn't a recent decision, nor one that was made quickly or frivolously. This has been in the works for a long, long time, and everyone on the show's Creative Team is in (heavy-hearted) agreement: this is the right choice for the show. 

Rest assured though: the story of the Hephaestus and its crew isn't stopping, it's ending. We have never thought of Wolf 359 as a series that would go on and on forever. We've always wanted it to be a story that begins, middles, and ends. Which builds to a definite, final conclusion for its characters, and which can arrive at real answers for (most of) its mysteries. And which leaves the party early enough for people to miss it once it's gone. 

Is it going to be hard to let go of the show? Absolutely. It's going to be harder than words can adequately describe to let go of these characters and this amazing team. (Sweet Mother of God, it's going to be hard to let this team go.) I am flabbergasted by all the wonderful people who have donated their time, energies, and talents into realizing Wolf 359.

I am also eternally grateful for everyone who has listened into the show. We could have never imagined how many people would listen to our little space story, and invite it into their lives. Making this show has been an enormous endeavor, and having you all with us has been a constant source of inspiration, joy, growth, education, and amazement over the many long hours we've spent making the show.

Thank you for being with us for the past three years. We're going to do our absolute best to make sure that our fourth and final year is our best one yet. We hope you will enjoy it. 

Now, I can imagine some of you might have some questions, such as... 

This is a joke, isn't it? Some kind of really mean, horrible, no good person prank? 

I'm afraid it's not. While I am indeed a horrible, no good person, (well spotted) I would never lie about something like this. Barring some pretty major act of God-type shenanigannery, by this time next year Wolf 359 will have aired its final episode.

Can we get you to change your mind? Perhaps this huge pile of dragon gold could entice you to reconsider? 

You're the one that stole that gold? Dude, that dragon's not happy. You should maybe put it back before the entire countryside gets burnt up... *ahem* In any case, I'm afraid the decision is rather final, and it feels right to everyone on the cast and crew. The show has to end sometime, and we'd rather build towards a satisfying, bang-like ending than just dwindle off until we all get sick of the characters. It'll be better for everyone, trust me. 

Wait a minute, I know why you're doing this! This is because of - 

Nope. Let me just stop you right there. Whatever you're thinking of, the answer's, "Nope." Like I said before, we've been thinking about this for a while, and there's no one, singular thing that's made us decide to try to make a break for it and run for the door. It just feels like the right time. 

No, but really: it's because you can't get the cast anymore, isn't it?

Amazingly - logic-defyingly, even - no! Everyone on the cast is extraordinarily busy, and a couple of people are starting to realize that I'm working with a troupe of undiscovered superstars and beginning to hire them for some really amazing projects, but everyone continues to be nothing if not ridiculously generous with their time and talents. The moral of the story is, as usual, that they're the best and that this is all my fault. 

What are you going to after Wolf 359 is over? What's next for all of you? Will we ever hear from you again after Christmas of this year? 

My cast and crew will all inevitably experience meteoric rises towards fame and fortune once the burden of speaking my sci-fi mumbo-jumbo is lifted from their lives. Keep an eye out for the imminent movie deals/world book tours/avant-garde Berlin music album. I'll probably fade into curmudgeonly obscurity. I fully expect to spend the next couple of decades solving the mystery of what, exactly, this "regular sleep schedule" thing is all about. 

... okay, fine, real answer. The truth is I don't know! I expect that we'll all keep doing more or less what we're doing now: trying to balance making art and telling stories with our day jobs. Wolf 359 has been an enormous part of all our lives for the past three years, and we'll all be excited to pursue new opportunities after this year. We'll do our best to keep you updated on our work beyond Wolf 359

When did you say the last season is starting and ending? 

Season 4 is going to kick off on June 12th, and it's going to end on December 25th. If we've done our math right (... that's a medium-sized if) that means that we should have an episode of Wolf 359 every two weeks from the start of the season to the end. No mid-season breaks of hiatuses! 

Will you tell any more stories in the universe of Wolf 359? Further adventures of the characters? Or how about prequels? Spinoffs? 

I'll get back to you on that one. For the time being, we have no concrete plans to tell any other stories related to Wolf 359 or these charactersBut then again, I refer you to my above answer about not knowing what the post-December future might hold. So... who knows! Maybe! Perhaps one day an irresistible spinoff idea will fall into our lap and we'll just have to make it. (Better Call Doug kinda has a good ring to it, no?) For the time being, all I know is that we're closing the book on this story, and doing our utmost to give these characters and this narrative a full, satisfying conclusion.

 

Once again, many, many thanks to our unbelievable cast and crew, and, most of all, to our many, very dear listeners for coming along on this crazy journey to a small star, seven and a half light years away from Earth. I look forward to sharing one final year of Wolf 359 will all of you. 

Thank you, 

Gabriel Urbina

01/05/2017

Artwork credit: NASAESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

End of Season 3: AMA with the Cast and Crew

Hello everyone!

To commemorate the end of our third season, the cast and crew of Wolf 359 are going to host a brand new Ask Me (or… Us, as the case might be) Anything live stream! Send us whatever questions you have, and we’ll answer! We’ll be live on Wednesday January 4th at 8:00 PM EST. (exact start time subject to slight changes) Tune in at the video link below: 

Present to answer questions will be:

Zach Valenti - Doug Eiffel and Doctor Hilbert, Producer, Writer

Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs - Captain Lovelace

Zach Libresco - Colonel Kepler

Noah Masur - Mr. Jacobi

Michelle Agresti - Doctor Maxwell

Sarah Shachat - Producer and Writer

Gabriel Urbina - Creator, Producer, and Writer

And - pending the approval of the scheduling gods - we might be able to have a few other surprise special guest stars.

In the meantime, SEND US YOUR QUESTIONS! Please use this form to send us your questions or queries on anything you’d like to see the cast and crew discuss. Feel free to send us as many questions as you like - we’ll do our best to answer as many of them as we can!

Once again, that’s Wednesday January 4th at 8:00 PM EST! See you then!