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Hollow Moon: Tales For Christmas (short stories)
TALES FOR CHRISTMAS, seasonal short stories set in The Worlds of Hollow Moon, have been published every December since 2011. These are generally science-fiction re-tellings of traditional fairy tales popular in the British tradition of pantomime, while fitting into the overall story arc of the novels.
|Short stories are generally available
for free. The small charge made for Three Tales For
Christmas is due to Amazon retail policies, though
this book is also occasionally available free of charge
(see News for offers).
If you enjoy these free offerings and wish to support the work of the author (beyond buying a novel or two, of course), it is really appreciated if you can find time to spread the joy to friends and family, or via a quick review at your favourite ebook website. Alternatively, you may wish to leave a PayPal tip on the way out... Steph.
|THREE TALES FOR CHRISTMAS
seasonal short stories from the worlds of Hollow Moon!
Featured tales available elsewhere as single-story ebooks.
|TO DANCE AMONGST THE STARS
(A tale somewhat reminiscent of Cinderella, with a twist...)
It is the twenty-third
century and humanity has settled where distant suns blaze
in the sky; yet for all the wonders of science, life for
many is far from a wondrous fairy tale. Can the poor,
down-trodden kitchen slave Ganesa find a Prince Charming
in the shape of young, dashing space captain Hanuman? As
they meet for the first time on the dance floor at the
American Embassy's Christmas Ball, she is the first to
admit he's not exactly her type in this tongue-in-cheek
pastiche of Cinderella.
To Dance Amongst The Stars features in Three Tales for Christmas.
|MERRY CHRISTMAS, MISTER WOLF
(A story along the lines of two lupine fairy tales...)
at the exclusive ski resort of Kirchel, high in the New
Malverns on the planet of Ascension, was a tedious
affair. The concrete log cabins, artificial snow and
holographic trees were all as fake as the robot security
wolves that patrolled the dome at night. But the wolves
were rejects from the brutal Gods of Avalon game
show. When the power fails, with their parents out for
the night, Hestia and her friends would soon wish they
had never ventured into the forest in search of park
Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf features in Three Tales for Christmas.
|IT'S A BLUNDERFUL LIFE
(No fairy tale, but a little bit like a well-known Christmas movie...)
It is Christmas Eve and the moon of
Yuanshi has fallen to revolution. Maharaja Kashyap is
dead, his widow and child are fleeing into exile and his
followers are on the run. Pursued by armed agents, Fenris
contemplates his fate as he prepares to end it all with a
midnight leap from a bridge. Then a mysterious stranger
arrives to persuade him that life is worth living and
that the Maharani needs his help, but can a Samaritans
hologram really hope to convince him by showing the
greatest blunders of his life?
It's A Blunderful Life features in Three Tales for Christmas and the Smashwords edition of Hollow Moon.
|A WIZARD, A SWORD AND A KING
(A story that borrows from The Sword In the Stone...)
the moon of Avalon, Alpha Centauri, the young orphan
Artorius is resigned to spending Christmas alone,
wandering the snowy streets of Londinium just as a new
series of the bloodthirsty holovid show Gods Of
Avalon is about to start. As the medieval tournament
gets under way, he finds that the alien-worshipping nuns
encamped in the fake Temple of Mithras are taking more
notice of him than usual. Not only that, but the man
playing wizard Merlin was not the usual company
|G.E.N.I.E. AND THE L.A.M.P.
(A tale not entirely unlike Aladdin...)
Angelos Inari, petty thief and self-professed laziest man
in Epsilon Eridani, is offered more money than he's ever
seen to help steal a top-secret corporation interrogation
device. Before the night is out, the Local Ambient
Megastructure Projector has surrounded him in riches and
won him the girl of his dreams. Unfortunately, the
mysterious Namtar has no intention of letting Inari keep
his wonderful new prize...
|THE WATCHER AND THE PRIEST
(A story along the lines of Puss in Boots...)
Taranis is far from home and close to death, his quest to
find the mythical world of the greys having ended in
disaster. Against the odds, help is at hand, but who is
the mysterious stranger wearing his boots? Caught between
masters and slaves, sacrifices must be made if the dark
priest of destiny is to live to tell his tale...
(A tale with some similarities to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs...)
The notorious prison of Feng Du
was no place for Psyche to spend the first fourteen years
of her life. When her mother passes away, she escapes to
the mainland and finds sanctuary with a group of young
miners. Meanwhile, Governor Malingee of Taotie has
ambitions to be number one in Epsilon Eridani and nothing
will stand in her way...
|The worlds of Hollow
Moon came about through my love of science fiction.
I enjoyed writing these books so much that more are sure
> The Worlds Of Hollow Moon overview and timeline.
Do you have the latest version? Ebooks are periodically revised to adopt layout changes, update endpapers following new releases and to correct any errors.
|December 2011||To Dance Amongst The Stars||First ebook edition.|
|May 2012||To Dance Amongst The Stars||Revised: New formatting layout; endpaper update.|
|December 2012||To Dance Amongst The Stars||Revised: Text corrections; endpaper update.|
|December 2012||Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf||First ebook edition.|
|December 2012||It's A Blunderful Life||First ebook edition (WyrdStar pdf only).|
|December 2012||Three Tales For Christmas||First ebook edition.|
|May 2013||Three Tales For Christmas||Revised: Endpaper update.|
|December 2013||A Wizard, A Sword And A King||First ebook edition (WyrdStar pdf only).|
|January 2014||Three Tales For Christmas||Revised: Endpaper update, including A Wizard, A Sword And A King in 'Ebook Extras'.|
|December 2014||GENIE And The LAMP||First ebook edition (WyrdStar pdf only).|
|December 2015||The Watcher And The Priest||First ebook edition (WyrdStar pdf only).|
|October 2016||To Dance Amongst The Stars||Smashwords version revised: 'Ebook Extras' added.|
|October 2016||Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf||Smashwords version revised: 'Ebook Extras' added.|
|December 2016||To Dance Amongst The Stars||WyrdStar pdf version reissued with new font and layout.|
|December 2016||Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf||WyrdStar pdf version reissued with new font and layout.|
|December 2016||It's A Blunderful Life||WyrdStar pdf version reissued with new font and layout.|
|December 2016||Three Tales For Christmas||Revised: Endpaper update, 'Ebook Extras' now includes extract from City Of Deceit.|
|December 2016||Psyche's Seven||First ebook edition (WyrdStar pdf only).|
|March 2017||GENIE And The LAMP||Revised: Text corrections; endpapers updated December 2016.|
|March 2017||The Watcher And The Priest||Revised: Text corrections; endpapers updated December 2016.|
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STORIES IN ORDER OF OVER-ARCHING SERIES
Details of single-story editions above are listed in publication order. In narrative order (i.e. the order they fit into the overall 'Worlds Of Hollow Moon' story-arc timeline), the stories are:
|In The Lap Of The Gods (2013)||Short story from Wyrd Worlds anthology; set 120 years before Hollow Moon.|
|>||GENIE And The LAMP (2014)||17 years before Hollow Moon.|
|>||To Dance Amongst The Stars (2011)||15 years before Hollow Moon.|
|>||The Watcher And The Priest (2015)||Nine years before Hollow Moon.|
|>||It's A Blunderful Life (2012)||Set straight after The Watcher And The Priest.|
|>||Psyche's Seven, Part 1 (2016)||Sometime shortly after It's A Blunderful Life.|
|Rock Of Ages (2014)||Short story from Wyrd Worlds II anthology; six years before Hollow Moon.|
|HOLLOW MOON (2012)||Hollow Moon #1 (novel); takes place in 'the last decades of the 23rd Century'.|
|>||Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf (2012)||Two months after Hollow Moon.|
|>||A Wizard, A Sword And A King (2013)||Set straight after Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf.|
|PAW-PRINTS OF THE GODS (2013)||Hollow Moon #2 (novel); six months after Hollow Moon.|
|CITY OF DECEIT (2016)||Hollow Moon #3 (novel); four months after Paw-Prints Of The Gods.|
|>||Psyche's Seven, Part 2 (2016)||Four months after City Of Deceit.|
NOTE: If you obtained any of these ebooks from Smashwords, you can download subsequent updates at no extra cost.
|Ebook stores and Digital Rights Management (DRM) - Ebooks distributed from Smashwords are DRM-free, which means that once you have purchased a title, you can download it as many times as you like (and in whatever format you like) and make back-up copies if necessary (for personal use only!). WyrdStar's preferred sales outlet is Smashwords, not least because the author gets a larger slice of the list price there than anywhere else! WyrdStar ebooks sold via third-party outlets (Amazon, iBookstore, etc.) will be subject to the vendor's terms and conditions. With 'cloud'-based systems, an ebook sale will be treated as a purchase of a licence to read, rather than the purchase of a digital file itself.|
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