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Sliding Void (Novella 1 of the Sliding Void science fiction series)

Sliding Void (Novella 1 of the Sliding Void science fiction series) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Hunt
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Sliding Void (Book 1 of the Sliding Void science fiction series)


Captain Lana Fiveworlds has a hell of a lot of problems.

She's sliding void in an ageing seven-hundred-year-old space ship, scrabbling around the edges of civilised space trying to find a cargo lucrative enough to pay her bills without proving so risky that it'll kill her. She's got an alien religious freak for a navigator, an untrustworthy android for a first mate, a disgraced lizard for a trade negotiator and a deserter from the fleet acting as her chief engineer.

And that was well before an ex-crewman turns up wanting Lana to rescue a barbarian prince from a long-failed colony world.

Unfortunately for Lana, the problems she doesn't know about are even more dangerous. In fact, they just might be enough to destroy Lana's rickety but much-loved vessel, the Gravity Rose, and jettison her and her crew into the void without a spacesuit.

But there's one thing you can never tell an independent space trader. That's the odds...



Stephen Hunt is the creator of the much-loved 'Far-called' fantasy series (Gollancz/Hachette), as well as the 'Jackelian' series, published across the world via HarperCollins alongside their other best-selling fantasy authors, George R.R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien, Raymond E. Feist and C.S. Lewis.



Praise for Stephen Hunt's novels:

‘Mr. Hunt takes off at racing speed.’

‘Hunt's imagination is probably visible from space. He scatters concepts that other writers would mine for a trilogy like chocolate-bar wrappers.’

‘All manner of bizarre and fantastical extravagance.’

‘Compulsive reading for all ages.’

‘Studded with invention.’

‘To say this book is action packed is almost an understatement… a wonderful escapist yarn!’

‘Hunt has packed the story full of intriguing gimmicks… affecting and original.’

‘A rip-roaring Indiana Jones-style adventure.’

‘A curious part-future blend.’

‘An inventive, ambitious work, full of wonders and marvels.’

‘Hunt knows what his audience like and gives it to them with a sardonic wit and carefully developed tension.’

‘A ripping yarn … the story pounds along… constant inventiveness keeps the reader hooked… the finale is a cracking succession of cliffhangers and surprise comebacks. Great fun.’

‘Put on your seatbelts for a frenetic cat and mouse encounter... an exciting tale.’

'Readers will be entertained and captivated.'



Novella - part 1 of a continuing, linked series.



Part 1 - Sliding Void.
Part 2 - Transference Station.
Part 3 - Red Sun Bleeding.

Also available as a combined omnibus edition: 'Void All The Way Down'.



Age 13+ - mild violence and language.



Douglas Adams
Neal Asher
Iain M. Banks
Jack Campbell
David Drake
Orson Scott Card
James S.A. Corey
Evan Currie
Peter F. Hamilton
Ric Locke
Dan Simmons
Charles Stross
David Weber



Science fiction (space opera)
Adventure (scifi)


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2650 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Green Nebula Publishing; 1 edition (11 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005V2H54G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,966 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Stephen Hunt is a genre author who lives in Spain and the UK (scifi, crime and thrillers). He is best known for his best-selling Jackelian series of novels from HarperCollins, also the publisher of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis in the UK.

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 a world 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 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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but... 17 Feb 2012
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Although I appreciate that this is the first in a series and it is well crafted, interesting and a good read it is very very short. OK so thats why the star is off there is nothing technically wrong with this book, I enjoyed reading it, I might even purchase the next one (especially if its longer) in fact the only thing missing from this is the rest of it. If you are looking for a new Sci-Fi read then this is good, and i do recommend it but its a short story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good light reading 7 Feb 2013
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An easy read and entertaining. I am to date half way through the book. The characters are well described, and the plot interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sliding Void is a terrific SF read 7 Jan 2013
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I'm glad to see Stephen Hunt has moved on from fantasy and steampunk to my favourite genre... science fiction, and, within the traditions of fast moving pulp action, he does the sector proud with a tale of a crew of misfits blundering their way into high adventure across the universe, including a street jiving android, a couple of aliens, a female captain with Lana Croft overtones and a nifty (large) space ship called the Gravity Rose. I really enjoyed this SF-ictional outing and trust it will be the first of many more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good old-fashioned/newfangled space opera 3 Jan 2013
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Sliding Void is an exciting entrée to the alliance universe, Stephen Hunt's ongoing mission to entertain the hordes of science fiction hungry readers who miss TV series like Star Trek, StarGate and, well, just about anything else with a `star' in it (and a few that don't, such as Firefly).

This novella features the scoundrel crew of a free trading starship trying to make a fast buck on the right and wrong side of the law. For their first mission (well, at least as far as we are concerned), they have to pick up a new entrant to their motley ranks, a barbarian nobleman from a failed civilization.

If you love great characters and space opera in general, then you'll jump a light year or two for a work this amusing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit pricey, but... 8 Jan 2012
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For such a short story it is a little on the pricey side, i feel. It should be all one book with the next in the series. Having said that, it's a very gripping tale that soon has its hooks in you and you will find yourself going straight to the next book in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sliding Void (book 1 of the series) 28 Feb 2014
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I love Science Fiction and would rate this as 3 to 4 stars.
I will continue reading more books in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Traveller stories 29 Dec 2013
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Okay I like it, it's an incomplete story and it would be better I only needed to buy one book but you have to buy three which isn't what I wanted. Anyway back to this book, any one who remembers the Traveller series of RPG games will recognise the influence in this story which is no bad thing, it's fun and fast paced, the characters are hilarious but it is really more of just a sample of the universe than an actual book in its own right.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Trashy 10 Aug 2013
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I loved the Jackal novels by Stephen Hunt, but this is the first of a rather silly and badly written sci-fi series. It's exciting enough to pull you along with it and make you want to keep reading, but it's cheap end fiction, with the one-dimensional characters drawn from a poor 50's American 'tec novel.
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