Ladbroke Radio, 12 March 2012
I caught this little tale quite by chance as I was looking through a
series of independent radio products, and was very glad I did so. It is part of a newly-established strand, Sci-Fi Shorties,
a series of stories lasting no more than eight to ten minutes.
This little tale concerned Saya, a member of a spaceship crew who
had experienced considerable problems during her four-month stay. Partly this was due to lack of professional knowledge, and
partly due to misunderstanding; as a result, she had been downgraded. In the strictly hierarchical world of the spaceship,
she was not really valued.
As the story began, she was trying to redeem herself by earning a gratitude chit,
but had run into problems; these problems only increased, as she tried to pursue her work.
What rendered the story especially entertaining was the deliberate contrast in styles:
the narrator adopted a detached position, while Saya's voice became more and more desperate as she tried to finish her
job. I look forward to hearing the next installment in this series.