What Will Be Here?
A sci-fi audio drama about living on a doomed earth and building things anyway.
9 months ago


The microphone works.

What Will Be Here, Episode 0. The Microphone Works.

CREDITS: Jona Lune (they/them) as Jules. Produced by Tal Minear (they/them). Music by Benny James (she/they)Transcript by Caroline Mincks (they/them).


Soft clicks and fidgeting as JULES gets set up.

JULES: Okay...testing, testing… Everything seems to be working… I think! It’s picking up my voice and everything. Wow, I’m so excited. I can’t believe we’re actually doing this! I am SO lucky to have everyone’s help. I didn’t think Suri would say yes, but even she did! Hmm. I wonder if Dane bribed her or something… I’m really glad Dane said yes too, I’ve been wanting to get to know him better. Armani jumped at the chance to record their thoughts, and Kei jumped at the chance to use eir welder… I’m not sure ey know what ey agreed to, now that I think about it. Hmm, I hope I can delete recordings. Or maybe record over this one? I’m still learning how this thing works. Either way, the rest of the team probably won’t hear this. I’ll stop them if they try!

JULES laughs.

JULES: If I can’t figure out how to delete stuff and this is the first message you hear, well… hi! That was my test run! I have no idea what the rest of this recording will sound like, but I promise you, it’s gonna be good. Click of the recorder turning off.

MUSIC: What Will Be Here Theme plays, triumphant-sounding synth.

CREDITS: What Will Be Here is a sci-fi audio drama about living on a doomed earth, creating when things feel pointless, finding hope among helplessness, and launching a rocket just to see you if you can. Subscribe on your podcatcher of choice today. Transcripts and more available at whatwillbehere.crd.co.

Music fades out.

ABOUT THE SHOW: What Will Be Here? is a sci-fi audio drama about living on a doomed earth and building things anyway. This 10-episode limited series launches November 21, 2021.

In What Will Be Here?, five friends send a rocket to space with a collection of recordings on it that document the world’s decline, the stories they want to tell, and their efforts in building this rocket to get their message to the stars. They wonder what their world will have become by the time their message is listened to. What will be left of a planet that has destroyed itself? What will be left of the people who lived there? What will become of their stories? What will be here?

At its core, this show is about living and creating when things feel pointless. It's a story that came out of the pandemic, and the landscape in which this story was written and produced greatly influenced how it turned out. What Will Be Here? is set on earth 200 years in the future, where large-scale crises are fully normalized. But despite the bleak backdrop, this story is one of hope - of overcoming challenges, of making things that might be temporary, but also things that might be launched into space and continue on forever.

The experience of the characters in What Will Be Here? mirrors the experience of the cast and crew; both creating something new against a background of tragedy, and neither knowing quite where it will end up.

Show Website located at whatwillbehere.crd.co. Social Media is WhatWillBeHere on Twitter and Instagram.