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To Dance Amongst The Stars (short stories) - Hollow Moon series
Steph Bennion

ebook NEW! A LONG TIME FROM NOW IN A GALAXY WE CALL HOME...
It is the twenty-third century and scientists, dreamers, crooks and believers have bridged the vast cosmos, staking their claims where distant suns burn fierce in the sky. Yet for all of humankind’s technological marvels, life for many is far from a wondrous fairytale.

A petty thief is offered riches to steal a very special device, but has he let the genie out of the bottle? Can a poor, down-trodden kitchen slave find her prince in the shape of a young, dashing space captain? A priest is rescued after a quest to find the mythical alien home world ends in disaster, but who is the mysterious stranger wearing his boots? A man caught up in a war wonders if he can go on, but can a hologram hope to convince him by showing the greatest blunders of his life? It is supposed to be the season of goodwill!

This collection brings together the prequel seasonal tales from the space-opera Worlds of Hollow Moon:
> "GENIE And The LAMP"
> "To Dance Amongst The Stars"
> "The Watcher And The Priest"
> "It's A Blunderful Life"
> Epilogue: Extract from Hollow Moon
> Timeline Interviews, Part 1: Prequels.

Published for the first time are the timeline interviews, a light-hearted look at how the various novels and short stories fit together. In this volume, Private Inari and Corporal Namtar run through the key events in history leading up to the five systems of the late twenty-third century...

HOLLOW MOON CHRISTMAS SHORT STORIES 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.

This collection will be updated and reissued as future seasonal short stories are released.
(First published 12 December 2017; approx 40,000 words. [details])

 
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ISBN: 978-1466197091 (Smashwords); ASIN: B006M2EESY (Kindle).
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Timeline Interviews, Part 1: Prequels

So how do the novels and short stories in the Hollow Moon series fit together? Via the wonders of extra-dimensional time portals, author Steph Bennion interviews Inari and Namtar, royalist rebels from the moon of Yuanshi...

NAMTAR: Chinese explorers reached Epsilon Eridani in the 2210s. They were amazed to find the Earth-like planet of Taotie teeming with alien flora and fauna, as were the moons Yuanshi and Daode of the gas giant Shennong, life that was all the more strange for being millions of years behind that of Earth in evolutionary terms.

INARI: Really tasty, too. Them purple lobster things from Yuanshi are the best. The worst I had was those horrible spanner crabs on Ascension.

NAMTAR: Despite the perils of navigating the five systems to fill his cavernous stomach, the following decade did indeed see European ED-drive ships reach the Barnard’s Star system, where they established the domed city of New Birmingham on the planet of Frigg, now called Ascension. A dreary place, if you ask me. Rather a hostile environment, but unexpectedly home to pockets of primitive native life. The Eden Ravines in particular are quite spectacular. Another decade would pass before the Dandridge Cole arrived at Barnard’s Star. Like those aboard the Edward Everett Hale, I’m sure the colonists riding their hollow moon were rather annoyed when they discovered that later, faster ships had beaten them to it.

INARI: Frigg’s a stupid name for a planet. I ain’t surprised they changed it...

Read the full interview with Corporal Namtar and Private Inari in TO DANCE AMONGST THE STARS!

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Short stories in this volume...

ebooks Individual short stories are also available for free...
If you enjoy the free offerings below and wish to support the work of the author (beyond buying books, 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.

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ebook G.E.N.I.E. AND THE L.A.M.P.
Inari is 'Aladdin' trouble! This story is set 17 years before HOLLOW MOON...

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... (This story introduces the bumbling rebels from Hollow Moon and City Of Deceit.)

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

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ebook TO DANCE AMONGST THE STARS
Hanuman finds Ganesa is no 'Cinderella', 15 years before HOLLOW MOON...

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. (This story introduces the occasionally-heroic mercenaries from Hollow Moon and City Of Deceit.)

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

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ebook THE WATCHER AND THE PRIEST
Athene is a mysterious 'Puss in Boots', nine years before HOLLOW MOON...

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... (Taranis, of course, is the big bad villain of Hollow Moon and City Of Deceit; Athene, as well as being in the next story, later returns to haunt Ravana O'Brien in Paw-Prints Of The Gods.)

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

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ebook IT'S A BLUNDERFUL LIFE
Fenris is unconvinced 'It's A Wonderful Life', nine years before HOLLOW MOON...

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?(Fenris returns to complicate Ravana's life further in Hollow Moon.)

(First published 1 December 2012; approx. 9,000 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.

ebook December 2017 - First ebook edition (approx. 130 pages approx).
[NOTE: Publication date on Amazon and Smashwords is that of earlier single-story edition, i.e. December 2011.]
ebook December 2014 - First ebook edition (WyrdStar pdf only).
March 2017 - Text corrections; endpapers updated December 2016.
December 2017 - Text corrections; published in To Dance Amongst The Stars anthology.
ebook December 2011 - First ebook edition; WyrdStar pdf, Smashwords and Kindle ebooks.
May 2012 - New formatting layout; endpaper update.
December 2012 - Text corrections; endpaper update. Kindle ebook withdrawn, replaced with Three Tales For Christmas.
October 2016 - Smashwords ebook revised: 'Ebook Extras' added.
December 2016 - WyrdStar pdf ebook reissued with new font and layout.
November 2017 - Second ebook edition (WyrdStar pdf and Three Tales For Christmas only).
December 2017 - Smashwords ebook withdrawn and replaced with To Dance Amongst The Stars anthology.
ebook December 2015 - First ebook edition (WyrdStar pdf only).
March 2017 - Text corrections; endpapers updated December 2016.
December 2017 - Text corrections; published in To Dance Amongst The Stars anthology.
ebook December 2012 - First ebook edition (WyrdStar pdf and Three Tales For Christmas only).
December 2016 - WyrdStar pdf ebook reissued with new font and layout.
November 2017 - Second ebook edition (WyrdStar pdf and Three Tales For Christmas only).
December 2017 - Published in To Dance Amongst The Stars anthology.

NOTE: If you obtained this ebook anthology from Smashwords, you can download subsequent updates at no extra cost.


THE WORLDS OF HOLLOW MOON came about through my love of space opera and science fiction. I enjoyed writing these books so much that more are sure to follow!

> The Worlds Of Hollow Moon overview.
> Hollow Moon (novel) book page.
> Paw-Prints Of The Gods (novel) book page.
> City Of Deceit (novel) book page.
> Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf (main-sequence short stories) book page.
> Three Tales For Christmas (introductory anthology for Kindle) book page.

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