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Hal Spacejock by Simon Haynes (Book one in the series)


See Hal 1, Hal 2, Hal 3, Hal 4, Hal 5, Hal 6, Hal 7, Hal 8, Jnr 1, Jnr 2, Jnr 3, Harriet 1, Shorts

An incompetent space pilot, a massive debt and a twenty-four hour deadline...

Freighter pilot Hal Spacejock has a life to die for: His very own cargo ship, a witty and intelligent flight computer ... and a debt so big it makes the GFC look like a rounding error.

Hal's an upright sort of guy, and he won't take jobs from gun runners, drug smugglers or politicians. On the other hand, the finance company's brutal enforcer is on his doorstep, and Hal has barely twenty-four hours to pay him off. Miss the deadline and he - and his ship - will go under. Way, way, under.

Faced with an impossible choice, Hal chooses an impossible job ... and gains an impossible new co-pilot into the bargain.

Also available in French


Hal opened the doors at the end of the ramp and stepped into a poorly lit tunnel. Following the signs, he found the main entrance to the Orbiter: a round door with a control panel. He pressed the 'open' button, but nothing happened. When he pressed it again, a metallic voice crackled through the overhead speaker.
  "Manual override inoperative. Please use voice commands."
  "Open the door," said Hal, his voice echoing down the tunnel. It opened sluggishly, and he walked through it into a dimly lit airlock. He pressed the button on the opposite wall but nothing happened. "Open the door," he said again.
  The speaker crackled. "Close the other door first."
  "Close it yourself."
  "I'm just an airlock. You have to give the commands."
  Hal shrugged. "Close the door."
  "Which door do you want me to close, the inner door or the outer door?"
  "How can you close the inner door? It's not open."
  "I'm sorry, you'll have to rephrase that."
  "Shut the outer door and open the inner door!"
  "Unable to interpret multiple instructions."
  "Okay, interpret this," said Hal, pulling out his blaster. "I'm going to shoot holes in the walls until I hit something that makes the door open. I will start in three seconds."
  "I cannot open the inner door without the correct instructions," said the airlock.
  "These are all the instructions you're going to get." Hal pointed the blaster at a speaker high on the wall. "One."
  "I'll have to report this to the authorities," warned the airlock.
  "When I pull this trigger you won't be reporting anything to anyone. Two."
  A pleading note crept into the airlock's voice. "All you have to say is 'Close outer, open inner.'"
  "I prefer it this way." Hal raised the blaster. "Three."


An incompetent space pilot, a massive debt and a twenty-four hour deadline...

Freighter pilot Hal Spacejock has a life to die for: His very own cargo ship, a witty and intelligent flight computer ... and a debt so big it makes the GFC look like a rounding error.

Hal's an upright sort of guy, and he won't take jobs from gun runners, drug smugglers or politicians. On the other hand, the finance company's brutal enforcer is on his doorstep, and Hal has barely twenty-four hours to pay him off. Miss the deadline and he - and his ship - will go under. Way, way, under.

Faced with an impossible choice, Hal chooses an impossible job ... and gains an impossible new co-pilot into the bargain.

Also available in French





The Hal Spacejock series is perfect for fans of Hitchhiker's Guide and Red Dwarf

(See Hal 1, Hal 2, Hal 3, Hal 4, Hal 5, Hal 6, Hal 7, Hal 8, Jnr 1, Jnr 2, Jnr 3, Harriet 1, Shorts)



Publication Details

Title: Hal Spacejock 01 by Simon Haynes
Publisher: Bowman Press
Bowman Press paperback edition: 978-1877034084
Kindle Ebook ISBN: 978-1-877034-02-2
Smashwords Ebook ISBN: 978-1-877-03414-5

Fremantle Press paperback edition available in Aust/NZ:
Format: A-format Trade Paperback, 181x111mm, 349 pages
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-920731-89-2

The Hal Spacejock sci fi comedy series features robots in space, many pratfalls, british and australian humour, space travel and future history (in a distant galactic empire.) If you like Australian (or british!) style jokes and gags, you'll love this science fiction series.



Categories:

Space travel

Robots

Science Fiction

Pratfalls

Comedy

Sci fi

British Humour

British Spelling

Australian Author

SF Series

Bestseller

First in a series

Drives on the wrong side of the road



Hal Spacejock was a Dymocks Bestseller on release (Australia-wide)