The Space Cadets Universe
The world-building of Space Cadets Radio started thirteen years ago as a mock sci-fi indie film project and has been curated and developed over time to our current medium: narrative sci-fi podcast!
What is Space Cadets Radio?
Space Cadets Radio started as a no-budget video series in June of 2005 when a group of friends from theatre club – including Chris Shendge and Nate Fessler – put on costumes and stepped in front of the camera at the direction of Brent Winzek. Filmed in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA, the improvised spoof developed with the group from 2005 to 2009, generating three seasons of videos and homemade merchandise.
After his friends went their separate ways for college, Brent continued writing a more deliberate story in screenplay format and, in May of 2011, co-writer Jordan Stine came aboard. They have since developed the universe through stories, characters and artwork, all of which they’ve compiled in the Listener’s Guide as an expansion to this radio drama.
This world is informed by history and its tendency to repeat trends in art, culture, and politics. Set far enough into the future to give it a sense of marvel, Space Cadets is grounded in Earth’s history. The ISF represents the lavishness of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Europe, while the Outer Rim and its relation to the ISF represent the English colonies and American frontier.
The creative team has already proposed short, one-episode adventures for some of the ancillary characters, and two fully-outlined sequels: Space Cadets and the Pirates of the Outer Rim – where the Cadets find themselves thwarting a pirate rebellion lead by Alaborap – and Space Cadets and the Call of Zaremoth – where the Cadets find themselves teaming up with Alaborap and the pirates in order to prevent the Candolite Order from overthrowing the Interplanetary Space Federation.