Joe Vasicek

Biography

Joe Vasicek is a Science Fiction writer who has lived in the mountains of Utah, the forests of New England, the Bedouin deserts of Jordan and the fertile vineyards of the Caucasus. When he writes, though, his mind is anywhere but this world. One day, he will look down on this planet from space. But until then, he's always writing.

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Books

A Hill on Which to Die
Pre-release—available August 29, 2015. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,290. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
As the witch-king forces the mountain clans to join his orcish army, Garak-Nur must lead the last of the free orcs into the wilderness to start a new clan.
Friends in Command (Sons of the Starfarers: Book IV)
Series: Sons of the Starfarers. You set the price! Words: 44,690. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The future of the Outworlds now lies in uncertain hands. The Imperials are back, and this time, a ragtag flotilla isn't going to stop them. But the Gaian Empire isn't the only enemy in this war. Together, Aaron and Mara must face a threat from within.
Sons of the Starfarers: Omnibus I-III
You set the price! Words: 121,640. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
This omnibus edition contains the first three books of the SONS OF THE STARFARERS series, which include: BOOK I: BROTHERS IN EXILE To wake a lost girl from the ice, two brothers must face an empire. BOOK II: COMRADES IN HOPE War brought them together, but only hope can unite them. BOOK III: STRANGERS IN FLIGHT Fate has brought them across time and space, but war will drive them farther.
Strangers in Flight (Sons of the Starfarers: Book III)
Series: Sons of the Starfarers, Book 3. You set the price! Words: 43,090. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Fate has brought them across time and space, but war will drive them farther. A 42,000 word novella. Book III of SONS OF THE STARFARERS.
Comrades in Hope (Sons of the Starfarers: Book II)
Series: Sons of the Starfarers, Book 2. You set the price! Words: 44,200. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
War brought them together, but only hope can unite them—if it's not too late. A 42,000 word novella. Book II of SONS OF THE STARFARERS.
Brothers in Exile (Sons of the Starfarers: Book I)
Series: Sons of the Starfarers, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 37,990. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
To wake a lost girl from the ice, two brothers must face an empire. A 36,000 word novella. Book I of SONS OF THE STARFARERS.
Science Fiction from A to Z
You set the price! Words: 25,340. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2014. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
An exploration of the tropes of Science Fiction by a writer, author, and fan. Originally published on One Thousand and One Parsecs for the 2013 Blogging From A to Z Challenge.
Star Wanderers: Tales of the Far Outworlds (Omnibus V-VIII)
You set the price! Words: 110,970. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
This omnibus edition contains parts five through eight of the STAR WANDERERS series. Thousands of years after mankind’s exodus from Earth, a small band of colonists seeks a better life in the Far Outworlds. These are their stories. Contents: Part V: Dreamweaver Part VI: Benefactor Part VII: Reproach Part VIII: Deliverance
Star Wanderers: Deliverance (Part VIII)
Series: Star Wanderers, Book 8. You set the price! Words: 34,100. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
She never took a chance and he never had a plan until they met in the Outworld Stars. A 32,000 word (100-140 page) novella.
Star Wanderers: Reproach (Part VII)
Series: Star Wanderers, Book 7. You set the price! Words: 33,650. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
On the Outworld frontier, good men are scarce and friends are expected to share. A 31,000 word (90-120 page) novella.
Star Wanderers: Benefactor (Part VI)
Series: Star Wanderers, Book 6. You set the price! Words: 29,080. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
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In a cold and lonely universe, a simple act of grace can resonate across worlds. A 28,000 word (80-100 page) novella.
Star Wanderers: The Jeremiah Chronicles (Omnibus I-IV)
You set the price! Words: 74,460. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
(2.00)
This omnibus edition contains the first four parts of the STAR WANDERERS series. Set on the Outworld frontier thousands of years after the exodus from Earth, it follows the story of starship pilot Jeremiah Edeni and his accidental bride, Noemi, as they wander the stars in search of a new homeworld. Contents: Part I: Outworlder Part II: Fidelity Part III: Sacrifice Part IV: Homeworld
Star Wanderers: Dreamweaver (Part V)
Series: Star Wanderers, Book 5. You set the price! Words: 22,030. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
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He saved her from death, but to save him she must command the power of dreams. A 19,000 word (60-80 page) novella.
Star Wanderers: Homeworld (Part IV)
Series: Star Wanderers, Book 4. You set the price! Words: 22,880. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
They've finally found a world to call home. But first, they have to fight for it. A 20,000 word (60-80 page) novella.
Star Wanderers: Sacrifice (Part III)
Series: Star Wanderers, Book 3. You set the price! Words: 21,350. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
She gave up everything to wander the stars with him. Now, he must do the same. A 19,000 word (60-80 page) novella.
Star Wanderers: Fidelity (Part II)
Series: Star Wanderers, Book 2. You set the price! Words: 19,410. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Is fidelity worth the price of freedom? Can love take root beyond the stars? A 17,000 word (50-70 page) novelette.
Star Wanderers: Outworlder (Part I)
Series: Star Wanderers, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 17,360. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
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He wanders the stars in search of a home. Instead, he got a girl without one. A 15,000 word (40-60 page) novelette.
Stars of Blood and Glory
Series: Gaia Nova, Book 3. You set the price! Words: 77,250. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
The only hope for the last free stars now lies on the path of blood and glory. A 75,000 word novel of Gaia Nova.
Journey to Jordan
You set the price! Words: 98,830. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Travels of a young Mormon writer to Jordan, Egypt, and the Holy Land.
Desert Stars
Series: Gaia Nova, Book 2. You set the price! Words: 97,720. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
A tale of adventure and romance on the fringes of an interstellar empire that has forgotten its holiest legend: the story of Earth.
Sholpan
Price: Free! Words: 37,700. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(5.00)
She'd rather die than be a slave to the conquerors of her home world.
Bringing Stella Home
Series: Gaia Nova, Book 1. You set the price! Words: 110,020. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
James McCoy, the youngest son of a starfaring merchanter family, never thought he would face an invading battle fleet. But when an undefeated enemy slags his homeworld and carries off his brother and sister, nothing in the universe will stop him from getting them back.
Decision LZ1527
You set the price! Words: 3,410. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00)
A boy, a girl, and a whole crew of matchmakers. Originally published in Leading Edge issue 58 (December 2009).
Genesis Earth
You set the price! Words: 70,380. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(3.00)
Michael and Terra never thought that they would be the first human beings to set foot on an alien world. Twenty light-years away from civilization, what they discover forces them to re-examine their deepest, most unquestioned beliefs about the universe—and about what it means to be human.

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Smashwords book reviews by Joe Vasicek

  • Smashwords Style Guide on June 14, 2011

    This book is only useful if you use Microsoft Word. If you use Open Office, the instructions are meaningless and extremely difficult to follow. I would appreciate an appendix for authors who use other word processing programs besides MS word and an executive summary that assumes a basic level of competence with html and basic document formatting (the current edition contains far too many step by step instructions for things that could be explained in much simpler terms--again, good if you're a complete beginner but very difficult to skim and use as a reference if you have even a basic level of experience).
  • One Confirmed Kill on April 06, 2012

    Full disclosure: the author is a friend of mine from the Leading Edge slushpile, and I was one of the beta readers for this book. That said, I really enjoyed this novel, both the earlier draft that I read and the finished version that I bought as soon as it came out. It’s a lot like Catch 22, except I actually liked this one (whereas I could hardly get through the first chapter of Catch 22). The writing is witty and sarcastic, and the story, while far from honeycoated, ends on a note that makes the read worthwhile. If you’re happily employed by the military, this book will probably make you livid with rage…or it’ll send you roaring on the floor laughing your ass off. I can see my military friends taking it either way. But one thing is for sure: you won’t find it boring.