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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.