Joe Vasicek

Biography

Joe Vasicek fell in love with science fiction and fantasy when he read A Wrinkle in Time and The Neverending Story as a child. He wrote several unfinished novels in high school and took Brandon Sanderson's writing class at Brigham Young University.

He first came onto the indie writing scene in 2011 with his debut novel Genesis Earth. Since then, he has written more than twenty novels and novellas, including Genesis Earth, Gunslinger to the Stars, The Sword Keeper, and the Sons of the Starfarers series. His stories have been published in Perehilion, Mirror Dance, Sci Phi Journal, Uprising Review, Kasma SF, and Leading Edge.

As a young man, he studied Arabic and traveled across the Middle East and the Caucasus Mountains. He has also traveled across the United States, and has lived in Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, California, Utah, Washington DC, and Iowa. Wherever he goes, though, he's always writing.

Where to find Joe Vasicek online

Series

Short Story Singles
Before I bundle my short stories in collections, I typically put them out for free for a few months first. Check back every month for a new free short story!
The Promise of King Washington
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until Dec. 31!)
Calling Scam Likely
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until Dec. 31!)
The Paradox of Choice
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until Dec. 31!)
Genesis Earth Trilogy
The ultimate voyage of discovery ends when you learn the truth about yourself. The ultimate truth can only be learned after you sacrifice your innocence. The ultimate redemption can only be gained after you confront the past.
Genesis Earth
Price: $4.99 USD.
Edenfall
Price: $4.99 USD.
The Stars of Redemption
Price: $4.99 USD.
Gunslinger Trilogy
Join Sam Kletchka, freelance gunslinger and privateer, and Jane Carter, xenolinguist and alien anthropologist, on their intergalactic adventures as they travel the stars, make first (and sometimes last) contact with exotic alien races, and uncover the truth about the Immortals who secretly control our galaxy.
Jane Carter of Earth and the Rescue that Never Was
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until Dec. 31!)
Gunslinger to the Stars
Price: $4.99 USD.
Gunslinger to the Galaxy
Price: $4.99 USD.
Gunslinger to Earth
Price: $4.99 USD.
Sons of the Starfarers
On a derelict colony in the far outworlds, Isaac and Aaron Deltana find a girl frozen in cryostasis. But a storm is brewing on the frontier. The war-torn Gaian Empire has turned its sights outward, and the desperate coalition of outworld colonies has little hope of stopping them. In the midst of all this, a ruthless pirate queen seeks to establish an empire of her own. The brothers must navigate a treacherous galaxy of ever-shifting alliances if they hope to save the girl—or ever see each other again.
Brothers in Exile
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until Dec. 31!)
Comrades in Hope
Price: $0.99 USD.
Strangers in Flight
Price: $2.99 USD.
Friends in Command
Price: $2.99 USD.
Captives in Obscurity
Price: $2.99 USD.
Patriots in Retreat
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Twelfth Sword Trilogy
Tamuna Leladze always dreamed of adventure, but never expected to answer its call. That changes when a magic sword chooses her to battle an evil brotherhood. In spite of the ancient prophecy, she cannot help but wonder if the sword has made a terrible mistake.
The Sword Keeper
Price: $4.99 USD.

Books

Love and Truth at Universe End
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until Dec. 31!) Words: 5,680. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Where have all the aliens gone? That is the central question of the Fermi Paradox. In a universe like ours, there should be more aliens—so where are they? But Sheila's roommates are more interested in where all the good men have gone, since they seem to be as scarce as aliens these days. Little do they know, the problems are not unrelated…
Calling Scam Likely
Series: Short Story Singles. Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until Dec. 31!) Words: 3,250. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
He was a telephone scam artist, the kind of lowlife scum who preys on the gullible, robs from the elderly, and annoys the rest of us with endless calls about our expiring auto warranties. But then, he scam called the wrong person: someone who knew everything about him. Someone who knew where he lived. Someone who seemed to be always watching, even when he sure he was alone…
Beyond World's End
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 49,090. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Eleven short stories and a poem that show us what comes after the end of all we know.
The Promise of King Washington
Series: Short Story Singles. Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until Dec. 31!) Words: 7,370. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Shortly after first contact, Earth became the latest proxy war between the two major alien empires in the galaxy. Now humanity is divided between them, and the last independent nation—the United States of America—is ruled by a would-be dictator: Lieutenant Rex Washington.
In the Wake of Zedekiah Wight
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,920. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil! A sci-fi novella.
The Complete Genesis Earth Trilogy
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 193,620. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
This omnibus edition contains all three books in the Genesis Earth Trilogy.
The Stars of Redemption
Series: Genesis Earth Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,890. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The ultimate redemption can only be gained after you confront the past.
The Stars Our Destination
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 43,640. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Ten optimistic and forward-looking space stories that show how we journey to the stars!
Queen of the Falconstar
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,600. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Zlata always yearned to see the stars, but when a raiding party of starfaring nomads carries her off captive, it seems to be more than she bargained for. Determined to save herself and her friend Sonya from being sold as slaves, Zlata must rely on her wits, her resourcefulness, and her Machiavellian ruthlessness to navigate the brutal and treacherous universe beyond the civilized stars.
In Times Such As These
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 40,840. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This is the second volume of the collected short stories of Joe Vasicek. It contains: The Paradox of Choice Payday Utahraptors at Dawn Sex, Life, and Love Under the Algorithms Welcome to Condescension A Less Than Perfect Game Take Up Your Sword The Numismatist Elusive Eden (by J.M. Wight) Worlds Without Number (by J.M. Wight)
Pilgrims and Time Travelers
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 42,220. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This is the first volume of the collected short stories of Joe Vasicek. It contains: The Gettysburg Paradox Killing Mister Wilson My Name Is For My Friends Memoirs of a Snowflake The Curse of the Lifewalker Decision LZ1527 Jane Carter of Earth and the Rescue that Never Was Time and Space in Amish Country A Hill On Which To Die The Open Source Time Machine
Star Wanderers
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 120,490. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Torn from their homes by failure and famine, drawn to the stars by fortune and faith, a band of unlikely friends must navigate a universe of pirates, empires, and pioneers as they strive to build a future on the Outworld frontier.
Edenfall
Series: Genesis Earth Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,100. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Young, fearless, and free, Estee grew up on a planet untouched by man. But all of that changes when a military expedition arrives from Earth to colonize the new world. As the poison of war spreads across Estee's home, she must unlock the dark secrets of her homeworld's past to restore both shattered worlds.
The Complete Gunslinger Trilogy
Series: Gunslinger Trilogy. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 148,310. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Join Sam and Jane Kletchka as they travel the stars, make first (and sometimes last) contact, and uncover the truth about the Immortals who secretly run our galaxy.
Gunslinger to Earth
Series: Gunslinger Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 46,030. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(3.00 from 1 review)
When the colonies went into revolt and my secret crush all but kidnapped me, I didn't know whether she was a patriot or a terrorist. Then the Earth was swallowed by an anomaly, and I realized that if I picked the wrong side, I would never see my sister's family again.
The Paradox of Choice
Series: Short Story Singles. Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until Dec. 31!) Words: 2,460. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A chilling glimpse of an all-too possible future. (CC BY 4.0)
Gunslinger to the Galaxy
Series: Gunslinger Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 47,560. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.00 from 1 review)
Jane Kletchka here. You've already heard my dear husband's account of how we thwarted the Immortals and saved the Gorinal star cluster. What he didn't tell you was how he threw the whole galaxy into chaos, and how it fell on me to save it. That's my story.
Victors in Liberty
Series: Sons of the Starfarers, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,800. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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.
An Empire in Disarray
Series: Sons of the Starfarers, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,520. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The Outworlds have shattered—but the Empire is shattering faster. With Isaac's help and Reva's telepathic powers, only Mara can stop the would-be usurpers and bring the war to a favorable conclusion.
A Queen in Hiding
Series: Sons of the Starfarers, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,280. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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.
Patriots in Retreat
Series: Sons of the Starfarers, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,650. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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.
The Sword Keeper
Series: The Twelfth Sword Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,550. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
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.
Gunslinger to the Stars
Series: Gunslinger Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,350. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
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 of Earth and the Rescue that Never Was
Series: Gunslinger Trilogy. Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until Dec. 31!) Words: 5,200. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(2.50 from 2 reviews)
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.
Captives in Obscurity
Series: Sons of the Starfarers, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,150. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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.
Heart of the Nebula
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 112,510. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
(4.00 from 1 review)
To save his people from a brutal occupation, James McCoy must lead them on an exodus across the stars. But it will take a strong leader to get them there, and the temptation to trade freedom for security has never been greater.
Friends in Command
Series: Sons of the Starfarers, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,230. 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 they aren't the only enemies of the new Outworld Confederacy. Together, Aaron and Mara must face a threat from within.
Strangers in Flight
Series: Sons of the Starfarers, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,830. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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.
Comrades in Hope
Series: Sons of the Starfarers, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 49,420. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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.
Brothers in Exile
Series: Sons of the Starfarers, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until Dec. 31!) Words: 35,120. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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.
Outworlder
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until Dec. 31!) Words: 16,510. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
(4.43 from 7 reviews)
He wanders the stars in search of a home. Instead, he got a girl without one.
Stars of Blood and Glory
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,730. 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
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,860. 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
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until Dec. 31!) Words: 96,060. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
James McCoy, the youngest son of a starfaring merchanter family, never thought he would face an invasion. But when a barbarian war fleet from the edge of known space carries off his brother and sister, nothing will stop him from getting them back.
From the Ice Incarnate
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until Dec. 31!) Words: 3,780. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
They say that going into cryo is the closest thing to death short of actually dying. I believe it.
Genesis Earth
Series: Genesis Earth Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,700. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Michael and Terra never thought that they would be the first human beings to set foot on an alien world. What they discover forces them to question their deepest beliefs about what it means to be human.

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Joe Vasicek's favorite authors on Smashwords

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.