Starship Titanic by Douglas Adams
This is a BBC radio play in 8 parts. It's available from some sources on MP3 CD's.
Starship Titanic is in Douglas Adams' style and set more or less in the universe of his Hitchhikers' books (but not with the characters from that series). Adams pokes fun at his usual suspects. Perhaps it's not quite up to the same standards, or perhaps I just didn't respond to it the same because the mood was different.
The starship Titanic was designed by one of the galaxy's greatest minds, intended to be a marvel of technology, design and luxury. It's due to be unveiled and launched as the story begins. However, they're waiting for the guest of honor - the ship's designer - to arrive.
We then flashback to the previous night. The designer has decided to pay a final visit to see the completed ship in all of its glory. Unfortunately, it isn't finished. It seems the designer hasn't paid attention to details such as finances. His manager and accountant have failed to keep him informed of all the short-cuts and scrimping they've been doing. Not to mention delays that have left gaping holes in some of the ship's decks. And now somebody's trying to destroy the ship - using a bomb that talks - but has too little of a mind to keep the countdown straight and have a conversation at the same time...
Originally, the starship was being built by a planet of very skilled and proud craftsmen. One of the cutbacks on building the ship was to discontinue using them and not pay them for the work they had done. Their economy is now in shambles and they are rather unhappy.
There are several people on the ship trying to deal with the problems. Or at least avoid being blown up themselves. Oddly enough, three of them come from a planet the builders have never heard of, called Earth. Unfortunately, they don't have First Class tickets and, therefore, are not allowed in those parts of the ship they need to get to...
As with any of Douglas Adams' stories, this is not "serious reading" with careful adherence to science. But if you like Adams, you might give it a try.