by Simon Haynes (2018)
Hal takes an odd call from a team of scientists, and minutes later he and Clunk are boarding a shuttle for the nearby orbiter. Turns out the scientists need some vital information, and only Hal can help.
This story follows directly after Hal Spacejock 8: Double Trouble, it’s a pity as I read it after #9 Max Damage and had forgotten most of the plot.
The story illustrates the problem with the novella length, it’s too long for a short, punchy story but not long enough to develop the setups that a comedic story requires. Still, it’s well told (although a little confusing around the physics of black holes) and a good read for fans of the series.