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Sliding Void (novella #1 of the 'Sliding Void' series of scifi books): The Trader Star Ship Wars by [Hunt, Stephen]
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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. An alien romance? Well, they never work out.

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...



I was driven to write a rip-roaring space opera adventure to fill the gap left when I realised all my favourite science fiction series on TV had sadly ended - Star Trek, Battlestar, Stargate, Firefly, Babylon 5, Farscape (sob). Your kind feedback makes me hope that the crew of misfits onboard the Gravity Rose have succeeded in entertaining you on the pages of my scifi books. Long may Lana and her friends keep on flying into danger . . . and escaping it!



Stephen Hunt is the creator of the much-loved 'Far-called' scifi fantasy series (Gollancz/Hachette), as well as the 'Jackelian' series, published across the world via HarperCollins alongside their other 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.’

‘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.’

‘Filled with alien romance: a Scifi Masterworks in the making.’

‘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.’

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

‘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.




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

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


Book 4 - Anomalous Thrust.


Age 13+ - mild violence and language.



Science fiction (space opera)
Adventure (scifi)


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 367 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Green Nebula Publishing; 1 edition (11 October 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005V2H54G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,559 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

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Overall it was a decent little novella.The question is, will I be paying 4 or 5 dollars for a few chapters of what could easily have been one book to get the next installment in the series? --we're just buying small sections - No, despite enjoying.
I suppose thats the downside of a novella, and after reading reviews that the second novella in the series is even shorter than the first,I definately wont be going there.
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I want to know more what happens next if you like the type of book have a read
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4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining space ride 23 April 2013
By Scott A. Kinkade - Published on
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Prince Calder Durk is having a pretty rough week. Betrayed by those closest to him, he finds himself on the run from an enemy army. A disreputable sorcerer, however, gives him one option for salvation: Exile. As it turns out, exile lies in a world previously unknown to Calder--as crew member on the starship Gravity Rose, captained by the foul-mouthed Lana Fiveworlds. For those of you who--like me--had only read Hunt's Jackelian series, this book may be a shock to you. In space, no one can hear you scream, but they can sure hear you swear, something the characters in this book do a lot of. Unlike the Jackelian books, the Sliding Void series was written for an audience of adult sci-fi fans. Aliens, robots and technical jargon abound, ensuring trekkies will feel right at home. The massive, city-sized Gravity Rose, along with the funny yet cute robots, reminded me especially of the old sci-fi series Red Dwarf (no smeg-heads here, sadly).

There isn't a whole lot of plot progression in the first volume, as it focuses more on character development. We get to meet the characters and feel them out, especially Calder. In the world of Sliding Void, learning is done via VR headsets which download information into people's minds Matrix-style. Once this is done to Calder, it's interesting to watch his newfound technological prowess clash with his medieval upbringing.

Sliding Void has an engaging narrative (barring the occasional formatting issue) and likable characters. That being said, I still prefer the Jackelian series, at least at this point. That steampunk world overflows with magic and wonder, while Sliding Void is pure science fiction. I guess it just depends on your personal preferences, really.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Start 20 September 2012
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I quite enjoyed Hunt's space opera. This is the first of a serial, so don't expect a complete story. It introduces interesting characters, a good back story, and some conflicts to get the series going. Hunt is a capable writer and the story is professionally edited and laid out - so you are getting more value than the usual $.99 self-published short on eBay. If you want solid space opera, told by a competent, best selling author, this series is a good bet.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chocolate for the mind 26 May 2012
By Clytie Siddall - Published on
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Stephen Hunt is insane, in the best possible way. I grabbed this ebook as a free offer, then after reading it immediately bought all his other titles*. My only disappointment is that there were too few of them. Write moar. NOW. Do not risk the wrath of the fiction-addicted. ;)

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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done futuristic sci-fi 6 May 2017
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It looks like this is going to be an intriguing series, Lana Fiveworlds is a lady from the future who has an eclectic crew working with her as she takes her aging spaceship into a sci-fi adventure. I found the characters in this book some that I would like to sit down and have a talk with a few I would like to have a fight with. The author does a great job with the story and I think having all the books in the series to dive into would be great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A most ambitious novella 31 May 2013
By Shorgik - Published on
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This work opens the Sliding Void sequence and gives the reader a high octane introduction to the sardonic Alliance universe as created by Hunt. He has already proven himself a master of the fantasy genre and with this work, he set out to prove he is no slouch either at science fiction (an act in which he largely succeeds). Onto the second book in the series now, Transference Station. Stay tuned for my review of that one.