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Three Tales For Christmas (short stories) - Hollow Moon series
Steph Bennion

ebook For Kindle readers: Short stories from the Worlds of Hollow Moon!

A LONG TIME FROM NOW IN A GALAXY WE CALL HOME...
It is supposed to be the season of goodwill. In the late twenty-third century, humanity has settled where distant suns blaze in the sky. Yet for all the marvels of these modern worlds, life for many is far from a wondrous fairytale. A collection of seasonal short stories from the space-opera Worlds of Hollow Moon.

TO DANCE AMONGST THE STARS
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 at the American Embassy's Christmas Ball, she is the first to admit he's not exactly her type.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, MISTER WOLF
Christmas at the exclusive ski resort of Kirchel, with its concrete log cabins and artificial snow, was a tedious affair - but the robot security wolves that patrolled the dome at night were rejects from the brutal Gods of Avalon game show.

IT'S A BLUNDERFUL LIFE
Pursued by armed agents, Fenris 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, but can a Samaritans hologram really hope to convince by showing the greatest blunders of his life?

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. Further short stories are available for free on this website.
(First published 1 December 2012. [details])

EBOOK recommended retail price: £0.99 / $0.99
ASIN: B00AG3LLG8 (Kindle).
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Featured tales available below as single-story ebooks.

INDIVIDUAL SHORT STORIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR FREE. If you enjoy these offerings and wish to support the work of the author (beyond buying the anthology and the novels, 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])

EBOOK recommended retail price: Free!
ISBN: 978-1466197091 (Smashwords).
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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])

EBOOK recommended retail price: Free!
ISBN: 978-1301604357 (Smashwords).
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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])

EBOOK recommended retail price: Free!
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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.

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December 2012   First ebook edition (Kindle only).
May 2013   Endpaper update.
January 2014   Endpaper update, including A Wizard, A Sword And A King in 'Ebook Extras'.
December 2016   Endpaper update; in 'Ebook Extras', extract from City Of Deceit replaces A Wizard, A Sword And A King.
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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.
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December 2012   First ebook edition (WyrdStar pdf, Smashwords ebook and Three Tales For Christmas anthology for Kindle).
October 2016   Smashwords version revised: 'Ebook Extras' added.
December 2016   WyrdStar pdf version reissued with new font and layout.
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December 2012   First ebook edition (WyrdStar pdf and Three Tales For Christmas only).
December 2016   WyrdStar pdf version reissued with new font and layout.

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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