In 2189, Earth narrowly won a war against extraterrestrials, but at a tremendous price. Two years later, in a distant patch of space, a mysterious explosion kills nearly the entire crew of the science vessel Starship Iris. The only survivor is Violet Liu, an intrepid, sarcastic, terrified biologist. But as Violet struggles to readjust to life after the Iris, questions abound. If Violet and her newfound allies want to untangle the truth, they'll need courage, brilliance, and luck - and honestly, a couple of drinks.


The Strange Case of Starship Iris is a serialized sci-fi audio drama about outer space, survival, found family, and secrets (also, there’s jokes). Its first season is currently being produced by Procyon Podcast Network.

Featuring characters (and actors) of diverse races, genders, and sexualities, The Strange Case of Starship Iris continues Procyon Podcast Network’s mission to put traditionally marginalized identities at the center of fun, fresh, exciting genre fiction.






Listen to episodes at, or on Spreaker. The show is also available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, and more. Episode transcripts are available at



Social Media

Twitter: @StarshipIris



Violet Liu - Cindy Chu (Hawaii Five-0, MacGyver, The New Girl, Shut Eye, Paradise City)

Arkady Patel - Ishani Kanetkar (The Godshead Incidental, The Far Meridian)

Sana Tripathi - Rukhmani Desai (Scandal, Terrible HR, Buffalo Nickel)

Brian Jeeter - Jamie Price (What’s the Frequency, Greater Boston, Misadventure by Death, I’m Not Noah)

Krejjh - Brittany LeFever


Also featuring James Oliva, Sean Rohani, Cedric Reeve, Sam Lamont, Alexander Cole, Vrai, Jo Chiang, and more.


Jessica Best is a Chicago-based award-winning freelance writer and editor. Her writing also appears in HartLife NFP’s radio drama serial Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery. 


The Strange Case of Starship Iris was born out of an intense love of ensemble-based serial storytelling. It seeks to gently upturn some well-worn tropes, while also embracing what makes good sci-fi so outstanding.


The Procyon Podcast Network was created in the fall of 2016, when a group of audio drama enthusiasts came together on social media to discuss the kind of audio dramas they wished they were hearing. Together, the creative teams behind Station to Station, The Strange Case of Starship Iris and Under Pressure raised more than $5,000 on Kickstarter to greenlight the first seasons of their shows, with a promise of stories featuring strong roles for women, people of colour and the LGBT+ community. 

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“From the very beginning, this podcast grabs the listener. Fans quickly fear for Violet’s life as a protagonist, and root for her survival. Binge-ability is not only an option, it’s practically a must.”

Carolyn Ducker, Geek Girl Authority


“It has the comedic sensibilities of EOS 10 without the camp but with all the charm. It has the shiny veneer of Wolf 359‘s production quality and its feelings of isolation in space, but balances the coldness with the warmth of its characters. Certain episodes feel more akin to the intensive character study of The Bright Sessions without the device of literally having a therapist to analyze the characters. This show brings new life into the medium without even needing the “Stick with it; it gets better” disclaimer so many shows have.”


Wil Williams, Wil Williams Reviews


“I’m already completely in love with every single one of the characters. The crew of the Rumor is well-developed and loveable after only five episodes. This podcast is wonderful, and I’d highly recommend it.”


Apple Podcast reviews


“All in all, The Strange Case of Starship Iris is everything any sci-fi geek could ask for. Great acting, awesome twists, and loveable characters. If you haven’t heard of this show, I suggest you add it to your list.”


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Episode One: Violet Liu


Biologist Violet Liu is floating through space, trapped in a doomed research ship. She's the sole survivor of a devastating explosion, and frankly, her odds aren't looking great, either. But when she is contacted by the charming - and woefully inexperienced - Captain Kay Grisham, Violet learns she might have one last shot at making it out alive.

Production team

Written and directed by JESSICA BEST 
Sound effects by HANNAH CROSS
Sound engineering by ERIN S
Logo design by ALEX YUN