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Sliding Void (novella #1 of the 'Sliding Void' series of scifi books): The Trader Star Ship Wars Kindle Edition
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Stephen Hunt is a fantasy, science fiction, crime and thriller author who lives in Spain and the UK. His current fantasy works are within the 'Far-called' series, published by Gollancz (the genre imprint of Orion/Hachette) . . . with adventures set on Pellas, a massive and fascinating planet where radio signals take centuries to be passed along a chain of guild stations, and merchant caravans can travel for millennia without retracing their steps.
The first two exciting novels in this series are 'In Dark Service' and 'Foul Tides Turning', and focus on the Carnehan family, whose lives are torn apart in a terrible slave raid on the town of Northhaven.
Hunt is arguably best known for his Jackelian series of novels from HarperCollins, also the publisher of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis in the UK, the success of the first of which, 'The Court of the Air', gave rise to a genre called steampunk.
The Jackelian world is a fantasy adventure set in a far-future Earth where the passage of time has erased almost all memory of our current world from history. Electricity is now unreliable and classed as a dark power, with many of the nations of the world existing at a Victorian level of development and relying on steam-power, mechanical nanotechnology and biotechnology to survive and prosper.
It is an age of strange creatures, flashing blades, steammen servants, airship battles and high adventure.
Each novel is written as a stand-alone work, but share the same world and many of the same characters who criss-cross between the novels (a technique shared with fellow British fantasy author Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series).
Foreign language and international editions of the six novels of the Jackelian series have been sold to Tor Books (USA), Albin Michel (France), Verlagsgruppe Random House (Germany), Enterbrain Manga and Anime (Japan), Edições Saída de Emergência (Portugal), Paidós (Spain), AST (Russia), and the Anhui Literature and Art Publishing House (China).
Stephen maintains his own web site over at www.StephenHunt.net and when he is not writing, he can be found indulging in such interests as cooking, gardening, collecting comic-books, and building his collections of genre novels.
He still sometimes writes for the magazine he helped to found, www.SFcrowsnest.org.uk, the first science fiction web site.
Top Customer Reviews
Good science fiction asks, "What if...?", and Stephen Hunt supplies heaping handfuls of possibiities, all mixed in together like a riot of differently-coloured sweets. Some tang on your tongue, others tickle your fancy, and yet others indulge your analytical tendencies as you track an oddly-patterned sticky web of unlikelihood. As another review says, this man's imagination can probably be seen from space. After reading Hunt's ebooks, one can only hope any interested alien species have a pronounced funny-bone and a talent for parallel processing.
* The reasonably-priced ones, as the Jackelian series are currently priced out of my budget by what has to be a Legacy Publisher.
However, the problems turn out much more severe than expected. Undoubtedly, one of the best fiction stories I had ever read. Excellent plot and highly engaged characterization, the author brings in compilation of different colorful events and manages to engage the reader till the end. You would be busy selecting the apt answers from the all whole of options supplied by the author for the question "What if?" The imagination of the author is incredible and by far the best till date. The elaborate description of the alien characters is captivating and enthralls the reader throughout!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
1st book of a series. Many plots and twists that could be more developed but I assume could be cleared up in later books. Read morePublished 4 days ago by John Cleveland
Sliding Void by Stephen Hunt has it all, adventure, intrigue, space opera and fantasy all wrapped up in one book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Larry B. Gray
A pleasant enough diversion. I will probably look for and read further books in the series, but more for fun than as must-reads. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Adrian A. Durlester
Space opera that ends too soon surely more adventures await the crew and their captainPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Passed on the free second book and just bought the trilogy for 99 cents. I'm hoping the story holds up to the first novella, if it does that will get a five star from me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richard DeMars
An intriguing story line with quite a lot of the story still to be toldPublished 4 months ago by Ross Gardner
Free download got me interested. A solid story where the pieces come together nicely.Published 4 months ago by Jd Hill
I like Hunt more than I should. He's got a knack for the ripping yarn. He's not a great writer but he can keep a plot moving and make stock characters interesting. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joel Fritz
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