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Life With Althaar

37 EpisodesProduced by Gemini CollisionWorksWebsite

An epic science-fiction sitcom for your ears about an unlikely human/alien friendship in the unluckiest place in Human space.It is the mid-26th Century. John B, a humble repairman and ”former human” (having lost his legal status as such), has left the Earth for mysterious reasons. He is perhaps the … read more

37 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

What, No New Episode? Another Word from Ian & Berit

October 22nd, 2021


Once again, there is a delay in the release of the next episode of Life With Althaar.


Sorry about that, listeners.


Ian & Berit have some words on the subject here, with the help of some unexpected visitors to …

Episode 33: Two Plants and a Booster

October 8th, 2021


In which John B finds himself in apparent danger, and for once, it's actually unexpected. Dinorbiax and Fracottiverx, the strange-talking Fugulnari …

Midseason Check-In with Ian & Berit - No New Episode This Week

September 24th, 2021


In which Ian & Berit, the co-creators of LIFE WITH ALTHAAR announce the postponement of episode 33, and make a polite request for donations (and …

Episode 32: Luck of the Drew

September 10th, 2021


In which we meet Drew, who is full of hate. Drew hates the Fugulnari, with very good reason. Drew hates John B, for what appears to be good reason. …

Episode 31: The Xybidont with the Golden Carapace

August 27th, 2021

In which, for the good of his friends, Xtopps decides he has to kick his peanut butter habit, and we experience the horrors of a Xybidont in withdrawal from the cursed legume. Meanwhile, Vert accidentally stumbles upon …

Episode 30: The Union Forever

August 13th, 2021

In which the various groups and people of the Fairgrounds opposed to the authoritarian rule of the Fugulnari over the Humans seek out alliances with …

Episode 29: And That's the Way It Is

July 30th, 2021

In which the documentary on the Fugulnari occupation of the Fairgrounds is broadcast, and all of the residents who hoped it would show the truth of …

Episode 28: False Faces, True Colors

July 16th, 2021

In which tension, apprehension, and dissension have, if not begun, continued apace. As Frondrinax attempts to secretly guide an official fact-finding mission around the Fairgrounds, doing all she can to avoid showing …

Episode 27: Life Under the Spreading Green

July 2nd, 2021


In which we return after six months to a Fairgrounds both very different, and somehow much the same. Life under the Fugulnari Occupation has become a …

Episode 26: And You Turn Yourself Around

January 1st, 2021


In which the kettle boils over. As the Fugulnari's repressive "suggestions" are given the force of law by the occupied League of Humans, making life …

Episode 25: A Special Very Merry Fairgrounds Miracle Wish for the Holidays: A Christmas Fable

December 18th, 2020


In which Christmas comes again to the Fairgrounds in the form of dueling parties from two of the station's least-likely proponents of the holiday, …

Episode 24: Benefits of a Classical Education

December 4th, 2020

In which the Fugulnari "advisors" impose strict restrictions on movement for all Humans on The Fairgrounds. Very literally. To increase efficiency …

Episode 23: Trade Test Transmissions

November 20th, 2020

In which the citizens of the Fairgrounds try to figure out the rules and limits of living under the new "suggestions" from the Fugulnari Advisory …

Episode 22: The Secret Life of Plants

November 6th, 2020

In which the Day of the Fugulnari Ascension arrives.     EPISODE TWENTY-TWO "The Secret Life of Plants" written by Ian W. Hill and Berit …

Episode 21: They're Coming to Get You, Althaar

October 23rd, 2020

In which John tries to share the Halloween tradition of watching scary movies with Althaar, and only succeeds in truly terrifying his friend with the …

Episode 20: Dial 'O' for Bigelow

October 9th, 2020

In which A Murder Is Announced. A homicide in a cheap lodging turns out to have important and personal ramifications for Commander Torianna, who takes on the investigation personally. Meanwhile, Althaar, having …

Episode 19: Eight Ways of Looking at a Bar Fight

September 25th, 2020


In which Chip returns to The Electric Egg after a quick errand to find an immense booze fight in progress among just about everyone we know on The Fairgrounds. In attempting to sort out how the fight began, we are …

Episode 18: Space Hat with Air

September 11th, 2020

In which John B, on yet another boring and routine EVA mission to fix a very small wire on the outside of The Fairgrounds, is sent hurling away from the space station by a chance explosion. As John and the bridge crew …

Episode 17: The Sweet Smell of the Fairgrounds

August 28th, 2020

In which the "Steves" from an annoying but highly motivated and skilled capitalist species, the Dilurians, come to The Fairgrounds, renting a downshifted and unused level, from which they proceed to wreak havoc across …

Episode 16: Big Numbers and Little Science

August 14th, 2020

In which Drop Time comes again to The Fairgrounds, though several newcomers to the station have no idea what this period -- when the station drops a certain amount of days from the calendar to get in line with Earth's …

Episode 15: A Simple Game of SuperNova

July 31st, 2020

In which The Syndicate comes to The Fairgrounds to make Chip Frinkel an offer he can't refuse concerning his bar, The Electric Egg: a seemingly …

Episode 14: The Other Shoe

July 17th, 2020

In which we return to The Fairgrounds after six months to find the crew apparently happier and in considerably less danger, with no life-threatening incidents having happened for many weeks, which of course means that …

Althaar's Very-Special First-Season Musical EP!

July 10th, 2020



music, lyrics, and dialogue by Ian W. Hill and Berit Johnson

for Gemini CollisionWorks

except "Credit …

A Between-Season Word from Gemini CollisionWorks

July 10th, 2020


Hi folks.

We just wanted to say hello before Season 2 of Life With Althaar begins next week.

And also to be sure you're aware of where to find us …

Episode 13: Mars Flies in a Klein Bottle

December 27th, 2019

In which all the main characters are trapped in the disreputable bar The Electric Egg after their Christmas party when the security doors seal as several station-threatening disasters suddenly rampage. Between all of …

Episode 12: A Very Althaar Christmas

December 13th, 2019

In which is essayed A Very Special holiday episode, as Althaar wanders The Fairgrounds attempting to learn the True Meaning of Christmas so he can …

Episode 11: The Merciless Errand

November 29th, 2019

In which John B attempts a simple errand: returning the talking (and annoying) 3-headed "Cockathreece" that he was sent instead of the goldfish he …

Episode 10: Our Man in the Fairgrounds

November 15th, 2019

In which The Inspector calls and throws The Fairgrounds into (even more) chaos, StalinBot covets a jetpack, Althaar disguises himself as a …

Episode 9: Everything Althaar Always Wanted to Know About Sex

November 1st, 2019

In which we discover WHO is responsible for the pineapple juice that's filling up The Fairgrounds, WHAT Robots do for "tension relief," WHERE the zero-gravity Twister competition will be held if the pineapple juice …

Episode 8: Robot's Rules of Order

October 18th, 2019

In which the Robot Union goes on strike, leaving The Fairgrounds in chaos, with, on top of it, most of the doors and panels saying insulting things …

Episode 7: The Infinity Contagion

October 4th, 2019

In which disaster strikes The Fairgrounds (but doesn't it always?) when a mysterious incapacitating disease strikes every non-Human on the station - including the Robots - leaving a skeleton crew to try and run the HEC …

Episode 6: Blood Is Thicker Than Vacuum

September 20th, 2019

In which family problems come to The Fairgrounds, as Xtopps turns out to have a surprising background, and duties he is expected to take on, peanut butter junkie or not, and John's estranged sister Susan is part of the …

Episode 5: The Luck Navigators

September 6th, 2019

In which an unfamiliar ship lands on The Fairgrounds, turning out to contain two "scien-technicians" from the species known as "The Luck Navigators," …

Episode 4: B, Robot

August 23rd, 2019

In which a disaster strikes that threatens the entire station, but the robots morally won't fix it because of union rules, and humans legally can't …

Episode 3: Such Stuff as Dreams

August 9th, 2019

In which the omnipresent (and possibly omnipotent), multidimensional Lt. Frall chooses to finally take some time off, but sends a future version of …

Episode 2: Asymmetry in Band Structure Theory

July 26th, 2019

In which Dee's backup band at The Electric Egg leaves The Fairgrounds, and Dee learns to her horror why you should always sign a contract based on …

Episode 1: Welcome to The Fairgrounds

July 12th, 2019

In which John B. arrives at The Fairgrounds, a space station in the Teegarden's System commonly known as the unluckiest place in Human space, and finds himself living with Althaar, the nicest being you'd ever want to …
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