“A good continuation of Saya’s story and I’m still interested to find out more about the character and her past, if not her future, although who knows where this story could go next.  I hope we get another chapter in her tale soon.. 8/10” – The Cult Den

Saya’s First Giant Step is the follow up to Saya’s Last Gasp and is a short story written by Neil Gardner, award-winning radio & audio writer/producer/director. It is a piece of speculative science fiction, about a young woman in an impossible situation forced to recall her past.


WARNING: Contains some mildly offensive language


Read by legendary actress LOUISE JAMESON (Doctor Who, Tenko, Omega Factor, Big Finish).

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Louise Jameson


Neil Gardner


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1 review for Saya’s First Giant Step

  1. Susan Omand

    Following directly on from Saya’s Last Gasp, we find Second Assistant Environmental Apprentice (on probation) Saya floating alone outside the Relativity Cruiser, breathless and swearing as she watches it disappear into deep space. As the air begins to run out in her suit, she begins to reflect on her life and how it had done her wrong on so many occasions, not that she had done anything wrong to cause her problems, of course. She starts to think about her childhood and her start in the space trade. The images are not pleasant as she tries to find a nice final thought to dwell on and she goes back to her first day as a junior system analyst and the Engineering CO. She thought about the Engineering Hall and how there was no obvious way to get into it, requiring the proverbial Leap of Faith. But was she able to take that Giant Step?

    I really enjoyed hearing more about Saya, and getting some more of her back story. I really think it was a benefit that I had listened to Saya’s Last Gap first, as it explains more of who she is now and why she happens to be set adrift in deep space with only a spacesuit to protect her. I enjoyed spotting the subtle nods to Douglas Adams’ HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy in Neil Gardner’s writing, not only in the quote, the light humour and style of narration, but also in the “being thrown out of a spaceship” storyline and the Relativity Drive being so close to the Infinite Improbability drive. Even the Engineering CO was more reminiscent of a Vogon than anything else. Thankfully though, there is still enough uniqueness in the work that they are still just nods and I hope it remains that way in any future Saya stories rather than tipping over into a total pastiche.

    Finally, praise must be given to Louise Jameson for portraying the character of Saya so well and capturing her anger and frustration as well as her naivete and almost childlike qualities.

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