The Harriet Walsh series

Hal Spacejock - Free!

There may be no free lunch for goofy hero Hal Spacejock, but his fans worldwide are about to be served a big helping of science fiction - for nothing! Western Australian author, Simon Haynes, is giving away free ebook copies of the novel Hal Spacejock. To coincide with the release of the fourth book, Hal Spacejock: No Free Lunch, the first novel in the popular series is now available as a free download.

Author Simon Haynes says there is a method to his madness.

"Science fiction readers are typically technologically savvy and familiar with E-books.

"They are often bloggers with many online connections and the spread of information across the online community is incredibly fast," he said.

Haynes said he was keen to build an international following but in some countries his books were only available as an expensive import.

Download the Hal Spacejock ebook here.

"Hal Spacejock 1 is now on its third reprint and I've proved there's an audience for my particular brand of offbeat humour.

"By giving away the first novel as a free online download, I hope to reach a wider, international audience and, with any luck, get them hooked on the whole Hal Spacejock series," said Haynes.

Although the practice is rare in Australia, free online books in the science fiction genre have been given away by overseas publishers such as Tor Books, HarperCollins and Baen with interesting results. Initial reports indicate that releasing "freebies" can lead to increased book sales.

Haynes also has his eye on the reluctant reader in the school system - especially boys. He said that while many potential readers may shudder at the thought of borrowing a book from the library, he hopes they may be more inclined to check out an E-book.

"If you're a school librarian, a parent or an English teacher who wants a way to promote reading, you've really got nothing to lose by pointing kids in the direction of an online novel.

"I'm a parent and I figure that if my kids are going to spend more time online then you'd better make books available to them there as well as in the school library," he said.

The four Hal Spacejock books are a comic science fiction series that will be enjoyed by anyone who likes books by Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Tom Holt or Jasper Fforde.

To download your free copy of Hal Spacejock 1 go to the download page

About the author

Simon Haynes - Biography


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Simon Haynes was born in England and moved to Spain with his family in the 1970's. After a childhood in the Spanish school system, he moved to Australia for the two final years of high school - with everything suddenly in English. Despite the language barrier, Simon entered Curtin University, graduating three years later with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Creative Writing. In 1997 he returned to the same university, graduating with a second degree in 1999 ... this time, Computer Science.

In 2004 Simon was writing his fourth novel when Fremantle Press, an Australian trade publisher, offered a contract for his first three books. They were published over a five-year period, and were distributed by Penguin across Australia and New Zealand.

Simon now has nine Hal Spacejock novels, three Harriet Walsh novel, four Hal Junior novels, three Robot vs Dragons novels, a space opera and a dozen short stories in print, all of them available on Amazon Kindle and other bookstores. Several of his works are available in translation, including German editions of Hal 1 and 2, an Italian edition of Hal Junior 1, and French editions of Hal Spacejock and Loss Leader.

Simon is the programmer and designer behind Spacejock Software, and is responsible for popular programs like FCharts, yWriter and yBook.

How I came to write Hal Junior

How I came to write Hal Spacejock