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.
A thousand years ago, an order of twelve magic swords kept the world at peace. Each sword had a personality, a mind, and a memory. Through the bonds they shared with their bearers, the wisdom and skill of generations was preserved.
But the swords became corrupted. They turned on each other, shattering the order and plunging the world into war. The twelfth sword went into hiding until the day of prophecy, when the last sword bearer would free the world of men.
That day has come, and the sword bearer of prophecy is a mere tavern girl.
As Gulchina's forces bombard Edenia II from orbit, Mara Soladze and the Deltana brothers rush to the planet's aid. Trapped on the surface, Reva finds an unlikely ally—one who proves to be a game changer for them all.
Reva may be the queen of an alien-human hive mind, but that doesn't mean the others trust her. With Gulchina personally hunting them and Star's End consumed by worldfire, they all must face the terrible truth: unite or be destroyed.
Gulchina's betrayal has all but sealed the fate of the Outworld Confederacy. As world after world falls before the Gaian Imperial onslaught and the crew of the Merope-7 take losses of their own, a young Imperial agent must decide what she's truly fighting for.
Tamuna Leladze always dreamed of adventure, but never expected to answer its call. That changes when a wandering knight arrives at her aunt's tavern. He is the keeper of a magic sword that vanished from the pages of history more than a thousand years ago. The sword has a mind and a memory, and it has chosen Tamuna for purpose far greater than she knows.
Sam Kletchka here, freelance gunslinger and interstellar privateer. This, my friends, is how I went from being stranded in the armpit of the galaxy to becoming the luckiest human being in the universe.
Jane Carter never thought she'd be the first human in the galaxy to be sold an alien slave auction. Only one man can rescue her, but he's the last man she wants to see. Thankfully, there are alternatives to being rescued.
Isaac and Reva are running out of time. Gulchina's cruelty knows no bounds, and on the edge of known space, no one can stop her. But an unexplored planet holds an ancient alien secret that may prove to be a game changer.
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'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.
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 they aren't the only enemies of the new Outworld Confederacy. Together, Aaron and Mara must face a threat from within.
BROTHERS IN EXILE
Two brothers without a homeworld. A girl frozen in stasis. A galaxy on the verge of war.
COMRADES IN HOPE
War brought them together, but only hope can unite them.
STRANGERS IN FLIGHT
Fate has brought them across time and space but war will drive them farther.
When Reva Starchild went into cryosleep, she wasn't prepared to be the sole survivor of a people that history never remembered. Isaac wants to help her, but he carries a secret that may decide the outcome of the war. Little does he know, the Imperials aren't the only ones hunting him.
Isaac and Aaron have joined the war effort, and not a moment too soon. The Imperials are poised to strike at the heart of the New Pleiades and obliterate the ragtag flotilla standing in their way. Aaron always wanted to prove himself, but he was never ready to make the ultimate sacrifice—until now.
Isaac and Aaron are nothing if not survivors. Their homeworld lost and their people scattered, all they have left is each other. Then, in the Far Outworlds, they find a dead colony with a beautiful young woman frozen in cryostasis. She is also a survivor—and she needs their help.
When Lucca stumbles across a colony mission captured by pirates, saving them seems like a grand adventure. But when the pirates see through his skillful ruse and strand him on an alien world, the girl that he's trying to rescue comes up with a better plan.
When Mariya's family leaves for the Far Outworlds, she realizes that her best friend's husband may be the last good man she meets. She doesn't want to break up their marriage, but she doesn't want to be alone either. Sharing a husband seems like the best option—until everything falls apart.
Jakob gave up his freedom to start a family at Megiddo Station, and now he's starting to regret it. Famine and exodus have left them all penniless, and the cycle of racism keeps it that way. As the spark of his marriage slowly dies, a benefactor emerges to pull him back from the brink.
Noemi fully expected to die in the famine ravaging her homeworld. But when a mysterious young starfarer carries her off, she suddenly has a chance to start over. First, though, she must convince him to open up to her, even though the only way to communicate is through dreams.
With Noemi's pregnancy well into its final term, Jeremiah must find a home for them soon. But they arrive at the new world only to be captured by pirates. With all their dreams about to be shattered, Jeremiah must put everything on the line—include the lives of the people he loves most.
As Jeremiah and Noemi make new friends in the immigrant community on Oriana Station, the cycle of poverty and Imperial oppression forces them to make uncomfortable decisions about their future, and about what it means to be faithful.
When Jeremiah set out for the stars, he never expected to receive an accidental bride. Since neither of them speak the same language, he has no way to tell her that there's been a terrible mistake. But the more time they spend together in the vast, lonely space between stars, the less of a mistake it seems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.