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The best podcasts for Worldbuilding in Fiction

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Who am I?

I am the creator of the No Return audio drama and a huge fan of audio fiction which builds complex and interesting worlds through its story telling. I’ve been chatting with other creators and the founder of Goodpods about ways to improve discoverability for audio fiction. Lists seem like a great way to go about it so here I go!

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What is my podcast about and/or how does it relate to the playlist topic you chose?

I am just a big world building nerd and my show is one which tries to make its setting as much a part of the story as the characters. Whilst I am honestly jealous of the skills of the other shows I am recommending here, I think I do a good job of immersing the listener in the place and time of our setting 😉

What is my podcast playlist about?

Immersive audio fiction which draws you into its setting and it’s rich lore! Stories in which the setting itself features prominently or which cannot escape your intrigue and attention.

The podcasts I picked and why

1. Eeler's Choice

Why this podcast?

The world Lou and Daisy have created is exceptional and it’s revealed layer by layer through interesting interactions, music and song without being intrusive or getting in the way of the story. One of my favourite shows!

Eeler's Choice

Eeler's Choice

Daisy McNamara, Lou Sutcliffe

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"No respect for the sea, for the living things in it, for what's owed. They're fishing in the eel breeding grounds now, the fools."


Eeler's Choice is a maritime horror fantasy podcast set in Eskmouth, a small coastal town whose economy has lived and died on the hunting of the Great Eels for generations. As demand for product has increased, so have the catches... but even the generosity of the sea has its limits, and all debts must come due.


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2. Omega Star 7

Why this podcast?

The universe of Omega Star 7 (The Sometime, Somewhere) co times to grow and get more interesting episode after episode blending absurdity and humour with pathos as the stakes (and the fate of The Sometime, Somewhere) grow ever more perilous. The many worlds, species, technology and lore grow in importance and are explored through additional anthology episodes which are as good (sometimes even better!) than the main story.

Omega Star 7

Omega Star 7

Team Omega Star

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Welcome to Omega Star 7, a cluster of wild stars in the Sometime, Somewhere. Omega Star 7 is a truly unique audio drama that draws inspiration from the realms of Science Fiction, Westerns, and Space Operas. Immerse yourself in a fusion of Melancholic Drama and Sardonic Dark Humor, creating a truly unique and immersive experience. Each season unveils a new and interconnected tale, woven into the fabric of a larger narrative. With evolving, immersive, and experimental productions, a talented full cast of actors, and original music. Omega Star 7 invites you to embark on an unforgettable journey. Prepare to enter expansive landscapes, intricate characters, and unexpected twists that await you in this growing audio adventure. STORIES: Season 1 : The Ballad of the Wayfarer [Complete] Season 2: The Ballad of the Outlander [Complete] Season 3: Tales from the Sometime, Somewhere Vol 1 [Complete] Season 4: Tales from the Sometime, Somewhere Vol 2 [Complete]

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3. The Madness of Chartrulean

Why this podcast?

This is platinum standard world building. I honest to god don’t even know what more to say… want to be immersed in the world of the story you are listening to? This is how to do it. Everyone… take notes!

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Chartrulean was destined to be the messiah the people wanted, but abandoned a life of piety to become what he believed his world needed. Now a delicate game of politics is afoot, and Chartrulean is torn between those he’s grown to trust and the gods he's angered. He must reconcile with both before succumbing to the madness he created.

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6 Listeners

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4. The Wizard Scroll

Why this podcast?

Now I have to be upfront- this show does not take it self seriously on the world building front and, honestly, that’s what I love about it. It builds a wacky and silly world of swords, sorcerey, and sci-fi season after season- it’s great stuff if you are looking to visit a world without the heavy weight of severity!

The Wizard Scroll

The Wizard Scroll

Chris RR Bauso

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THE WIZARD SCROLL is a sword & sorcery sci-fi narrative the likes of which will make yo' momma say 'Dang son/daughter/offspring, where'd you find this?' Tales of high fantasy, of trials and triumph, of quests both epic and mundane, as well as the occasional musical number. The realm of Yyrgsland is filled to the brim with all manner of folk, and boy let me tell you, the escapades that these crazy characters get themselves into would perhaps have made even the late and great Tolkien himself snicker in delight.

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5. The Love Talker

Why this podcast?

Not for the feint hearted this one. It creates a world within a world- a world which is very much in our own but which intersects with dark powers beyond our control and which preys on those who live on the fringes of ‘civilisation’. The world building is subtle but beautiful and so artfully interlaced with character and story that it just has to make the list.

The Love Talker

The Love Talker

Alien Ghost Robot / Celebrity Tumour

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​Somewhere on the borders between Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee in the most remote parts of the Appalachians, girls have gone missing for decades. When a young woman journeys there to the isolated community of Kilruane, she uncovers the truth about the mysterious man who wanders the woods and his connection to the missing women and puts herself in danger from those who want to protect the town and keep its secrets.

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