Episode 4: Murder on the S.S. Dreamer by Jack Craig

Synopsis

Told through recovered voice logs left mostly by Captain Morgan, this story tells the tale of a small group of cosmonauts sent to explore the deep reaches of space as they are caught in a murder plot.

When the body of psychologist Lea Schauffer is found strangled, Captain Morgan must find out who killed her and quickly. The murderer leaves taunting voice messages on his computer. Mistrust is growing fast among his crew, threatening the survival of everyone on board. But Captain Morgan is not a man to be underestimated. He will find the killer. No matter what.

1 crew. 1 murderer. 70 billion miles from home.

Murder On The S.S. Dreamer was written by another participant of The Creative Labs, Jack Craig. Again, another very young writer with a really distinct storytelling style and voice, Jack was one of the few series one writers who wrote their script purely as an audio piece for the podcast medium. Told through recovered voice logs by Captain Morgan, this story tells the tale of a small group of cosmonauts sent to explore the deep reaches of space as they are caught in a murder plot.

With a killer tagline (1 Crew. 1 Murderer. 70 Billion Miles From Home) that would do a Hollywood blockbuster proud, Jack managed to expertly marry the worlds of science fiction and murder mystery in a way that just worked. At times it felt very Doctor Who which was exciting. This was the first episode we ever recorded of Toasted Fiction Theatre and was actually a tricky one to pull off due to the amount of sound effects in the script, something we decided would be added in post. I loved doing this script first (even though it became our fourth episode) because it kind of set the tone for the rest of the series in that every episode will be different and the listener won’t know what to expect from one month to the next. It’s only in hindsight that I’ve realized recording the sci-fi murder mystery set in space really layed the foundations of what we were going to do with the series and gave us the permission to go different every episode.