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Hollow Moon: Tales For Christmas (free short stories)
Steph Bennion

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. See also Three Tales For Christmas, a Kindle exclusive.

The following short stories are available for free... If you enjoy these 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.

ebook TO DANCE AMONGST THE STARS

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.
(First published 11 December 2011; approx. 8,000 words
. [details])

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ISBN: 978-1466197091 (Smashwords).
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To Dance Amongst The Stars features in Three Tales for Christmas.


ebook MERRY CHRISTMAS, MISTER WOLF

Christmas 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 ranger Granny.
(First published 1 December 2012; approx. 8,000 words. [details])

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ISBN: 978-1301604357 (Smashwords).
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Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf features in Three Tales for Christmas.


ebook IT'S A BLUNDERFUL LIFE

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?
(First published 1 December 2012; approx. 9,000 words. [details])

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It's A Blunderful Life features in Three Tales for Christmas and the Smashwords edition of Hollow Moon.


ebook A WIZARD, A SWORD AND A KING

On 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 cyberclone!
(First published 15 December 2013; approx. 8,000 words. [details])

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A Wizard, A Sword And A King features in the Smashwords edition of Paw-Prints Of The Gods.


ebook G.E.N.I.E. AND THE L.A.M.P.

A young 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...
(First published 21 December 2014; approx. 9,000 words. [details])

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ebook THE WATCHER AND THE PRIEST

Priest 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...
(First published 20 December 2015; approx. 9,000 words. [details])

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ebook PSYCHE'S SEVEN

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...
(First published 18 December 2016; approx. 11,000 words. [details])

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Publication details
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 2013 A Wizard, A Sword And A King First ebook edition (WyrdStar pdf only).
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 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.
August 2017 Psyche's Seven Revised: Text corrections.

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STORIES IN ORDER OF OVER-ARCHING SERIES NARRATIVE
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.
  The Non-Existence Of Gravity (2017)   Short story from Brave New Girls Vol.2 anthology; eight years before Hollow Moon.
  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; ten years after Psyche's Seven, part 1.

NOTE: If you obtained any of these ebooks from Smashwords, you can download subsequent updates at no extra cost.


The worlds of Hollow Moon came about through my love of science fiction. I enjoyed writing these books so much that more are sure to follow!

> The Worlds Of Hollow Moon overview and timeline.
> Hollow Moon (novel) book page.
> Paw-Prints Of The Gods (novel) book page.
> City Of Deceit (novel) book page.
> List of places referenced in various stories.

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All content (c) Steph Bennion, WyrdStar and Danse Macabre 2007-2017.

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