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

Captives in Obscurity (Sons of the Starfarers: Book V)
Series: Sons of the Starfarers. Pre-release—available May 15, 2016. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,360. Language: English. 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
Series: Gaia Nova, Book 4. You set the price! Words: 107,900. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
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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
You set the price! 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
You set the price! 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.
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 they aren't the only enemies of the new Outworld Confederacy. 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
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 (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
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 (Sons of the Starfarers: Book I)
Series: Sons of the Starfarers, Book 1. You set the price! Words: 37,990. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
On the fringes of settled space, two starfaring brothers discover a derelict station with a girl locked in cryofreeze. Realizing that they are her only hope for rescue, they set out to find a way to revive her. But a frontier war is brewing—one that they cannot hope to avoid.
Science Fiction from A to Z
You set the price! 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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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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.
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
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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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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.
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
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.
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
As Jeremiah and Noemi set out to build their new life together, Mariya inserts herself between them. Good men are hard to come by in the Far Outworlds, and Mariya is determined to make Noemi share.
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
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.
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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An accidental marriage on the final frontier, between a young starship pilot and a girl whose father gave her to him to save her life. Neither of them speak the same language, but gradually they come to understand each other.
Stars of Blood and Glory
Series: Gaia Nova, Book 3. You set the price! 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. You set the price! 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. You set the price! Words: 109,970. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
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
You set the price! 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: Free! Words: 69,950. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
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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.