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.
When the power fails when parents are out for the night, is it wise to be wandering the forest with vicious robot wolves on the loose? Can a young boy change his destiny with the help of a fraudulent wizard and draw the sword from the stone? Brought to a lonely tower for his safety during wartime, should a prince really be talking to a mysterious stranger bringing him gifts? What horrors lurk in the basement for a young woman betrothed against her will to a tyrant? Are the city streets paved with gold for the lowly detective and a stolen brass clockwork cat? Who will help a downtrodden shopping mall Santa Claus to win back the spirit of Christmas? Can a lost little girl defeat the evil ruler with the help of her diminutive seven miner friends? It is supposed to be the season of goodwill! This collection brings together the 'main sequence' seasonal short stories from the space-opera worlds of the Hollow Moon series.
About the Author
Steph Bennion is a writer, musician and part-time Westminster civil servant, born and bred in the Black Country but now living in Hastings after finally escaping the black hole of London. Her stories are written as a reaction to the dearth of alternative heroes amidst bookshelves swamped by tales of the supernatural, not that there’s nothing wrong with a bit of fantasy now and again. HOLLOW MOON, the first novel in her space-opera tales of mystery and adventure, was published in 2012. THE AVALON JOB is the fourth, with more to come. Under the name Stephanie M Bennion, she has written speculative fiction for older readers. Her last novel was THE LUCK OF THE DEVIL, a tale of supernatural transgender angst in 1990s Ireland, published in 2018. The time-travelling romp THE BATTLES OF HASTINGS, a novella inspired by her adopted town and the 950th anniversary of the event that shaped the British Isles today, was published in 2016.