Stephen Hunt's novella Sliding Void is available for free till December 23rd here.
Here's the blurb:
Control Lana Fiveworlds has a hell of a lot of harms.
She’s sliding void in an ageing seven-hundred-year-ancient space ship, scrabbling around the edges of civilised space tiresome to find a cargo valuable enough to pay her bills without proving so risky that it’ll kill her. She’s got an alien devout freak for a route-finder, an unreliable android for a initially mate, a shamed lizard for a trade speaker and a deserter from the fleet performing arts as her chief persuade.
And that was well before an ex-crewman turns up wanting Lana to rescue a barbarian prince from a long-failed colony world.
Sorry to say for Lana, the harms she doesn’t know about are even more treacherous. In fact, they just might be enough to ruin Lana’s rickety but much-loved vessel, the Gravity Rose, and abandon her and her crew into the void without a spacesuit.
But there’s one business you can by no means tell an self-determining space trader. That’s the odds…