Frej Wasastjerna

Biography

I'm currently retired after having worked at VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland, as a senior research scientist. I write fantasy, science fiction and other stuff, mostly in English but a little in Swedish and Finnish (and one silly little poem in German). Free samples are available at my website.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, that would be 'En rutinartad spaningsflygning', back around 1960 when I was in my teens. In English that would be 'A Routine Reconnaissance Flight'. As the title indicates, it's a war story in Swedish. It's set in IU1, my Imaginary Universe #1, which I started developing at the age of 7 or thereabouts, so over time it accumulated so many impossibilities and so much silly stuff that I eventually abandoned it. As an example, the aircraft in the story was a P-51 Mustang, in a world with intergalactic space flight. (There was a rationale for this: The development of the warp drive led to all intellectual effort and all economic resources that could be spared being concentrated on space exploration and colonization, so that all other fields stalled or retrogressed.)

The title is rather ironic, since the story ends with the pilot dead.
What is your writing process?
Generally I don't have any structured process for writing. I mull an idea for a period varying from minutes to decades, then I start writing. Sometimes I finish the job, sometimes not. In the former case I still have to turn it into something worth reading, which sometimes involves submitting it to Critters, sometimes not.
Read more of this interview.

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Books

Mixed Nuggets
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,080. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A collection of 7 fantasy, science fiction and mainstream short stories, mostly light entertainment but with some exceptions.
Tochwyatis
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,070. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
In a world where magic works part of the time and gods exist but are sleeping, Kumulhan, the Supreme High Priest of the Sky Father has decided to make the worship of his god supreme over all others before he wakes up. To ensure this, he launches a brutal war of conquest. Tochwyatis, a young sailor, finds himself playing a major part in the efforts to defeat Kumulhan.

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Smashwords book reviews by Frej Wasastjerna

  • Raingun (Book #1, The Talan Revolt) on May 26, 2012

    A particular strength of the Raingun Chronicles, a series by "John Blackport", is the way the protagonist finds himself facing moral dilemmas. Tyverix "Rick" Rivoire gets enrolled in the army of Foverre as a "raingun", a light cavalry officer trained in battle magic. He's the kind of man who wants to protect the weak, fighting for good against evil. And he certainly gets the opportunity to fight against evil – but fighting for good turns out to be more problematic. In Raingun, the first volume, we start learning that Foverre itself is a seriously corrupt society. In Resolution, the second volume, this becomes even clearer, and it turns out that the alternatives don't look good either. Thus he has to fight enemies and monsters of various kinds, to dodge the efforts of the minions of an evil god to eliminate him, and on top of that to figure out what, if anything, is worth fighting for. In addition, the woman he loves has issues that drives her to avoid him. I liked this novel. Not only is there a good plot that moves along nicely, there are some interesting ideas. People who get killed don't stay dead until the fifth time, they resurrect in a shrine or temple belonging to whatever god they consider theirs. Of course this has intriguing consequences. And there are the smokemares, magical steeds that the rainguns can conjure up. The novel also handles military issues well. Are there any shortcomings? Well, some minor issues. The sole map in the novel, which covers only Foverre, is nonetheless quite unreadable on my Kindle. It does show adequately on my PC screen in full screen mode, however. And there are a few inappropriate words or awkward phrases, but they are few and far between. They are more than balanced by some good images. There is a warning that "This book contains graphic violence and some explicit sex. It is intended for adults only." That is no exaggeration. But for adults who like that and are interested in fantasy, I recommend it.