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

Heart of the Nebula
Series: Gaia Nova, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 107,900. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
(4.00)
To save his people from the brutal Hameji, James McCoy must lead them on an exodus deep into the Good Hope Nebula. But the temptation to trade freedom for security has never been greater, and the greatest threat to their future may come from within.
Starchild
Price: Free! Words: 3,930. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Starchild's father was a star wanderer, and that was what set her above her peers. It gave her the freedom to choose her own mate, no small thing on an isolated space colony. In her innocence, though, she failed to see her place in the cycle of Outworld life—or how she was doomed to repeat it.
A Hill on Which to Die
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,290. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2015. 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.
Science Fiction from A to Z
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,150. 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.
Tales of the Far Outworlds
Series: Star Wanderers, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 110,470. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Thousands of years after mankind's exodus from Earth, a small band of friends seeks a better life in the Far Outworlds.
The Jeremiah Chronicles
Series: Star Wanderers, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,600. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
(2.00)
In a vast and lonely universe, a starship pilot and his accidental bride wander the stars in search of a new homeworld.
Outworlder
Series: Star Wanderers, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 17,310. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
(4.20)
An accidental marriage on the final frontier. Neither of them speak the same language, but in the vast, lonely space between stars, they come to understand each other.
Stars of Blood and Glory
Series: Gaia Nova, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,950. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
As the Hameji Empire and the last of the free stars face off for a final showdown, Danica and her band of Tajji mercenaries must rescue a runaway princess before the son of Sholpan makes her his slave.
Desert Stars
Series: Gaia Nova, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,230. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
On the fringes of a desert world at the heart of an interstellar empire, a young man embarks on a holy pilgrimage to the ancient temple of Earth. But love and honor clash as his companion, the daughter of the sheikh, seeks to win his heart.
Bringing Stella Home
Series: Gaia Nova, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,970. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
(4.00)
James McCoy never thought he would face an invasion. 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.
Memoirs of a Snowflake
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,500. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
*** Free for the month of December. For updates on new releases and special offers, sign up for my email list at onelowerlight.com/writing/?page_id=9513 *** The life and times of a December snowflake. A 1,000 word short story.
Genesis Earth
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,950. 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 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.