So, it is that time of the year again, when a new Stephen Hunt novel sits in the literary drydock awaiting some minor member of the nobility to come along and crack a bottle of bubbly across her spine, launching said space opera adventure into the crowded market of a million other competitors. None of whom are quite as good, of course.
Yes, Voyage of the Void-Lost is now with my crack team of early readers awaiting the discovery of many horrific typos, continuity errors, and other author nightmares. What do you mean she had green eyes on page 22, and blue eyes on page 323?
This is the sixth book set in the Sliding Void universe, which was my attempt to fill the hole left by the cancellation of all my favourite science fiction TV series, seemingly all at once. You know, Star Trek, Stargate, Firefly, Battlestar et cetera et cetera.
In this new novel, the brave but hapless free-trader crew of the starship Gravity Rose takes on a bunch of failed filter world scavengers as clients and watch in horror as things go from bad to worst. Well, it wouldn’t be any fun if everything went swimmingly, would it?
If you’re one of my Patreons, you have already enjoyed this book as it was being written, and if you are one of the many readers currently sitting out there with preorders booked, then you might be pleased to know that it’s highly likely I’ll be able to launch this bad boy a few months early on the official release date of August this year.
I suspect there won’t be any members of the royalty willing to crack a bottle of Dom Pérignon across Voyage of the Void-Lost. It would probably end up as a rather soggy mess of papier mâché (or sparking Kindle) if they did!
Now, the real question is, which book should I tackle next? So many ideas, so little time.
More on this thorny issue next week.