First three chapters of Gunslinger to the Stars on InstaFreebie!

It is exactly one month before Gunslinger to the Stars goes live, but if you want to read the first three chapters, they are available right now on InstaFreebie.

If you’re unfamiliar with InstaFreebie, it’s a site where you can download free books by sharing your name and email with the author. Basically, you sign up for the author’s newsletter, and you get a copy of their book. You can browse by genre or author, too.

In addition to this giveaway, I’ll start posting short 300 word excerpts on my blog starting in about a week. I’m also going to publish a prequel short story in the next few days. And of course, you can pre-order Gunslinger to the Stars right now by following one of the links below!

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GUNSLINGER TO THE STARS now up for pre-order!

Hi guys! Sorry to be out of the loop for a while. I have just made the pioneer trek of my ancestors, except in the wrong direction (from Utah to Iowa). Still getting settled in, but I should be more active from now on.

That said, I’m happy to report that Gunslinger to the Stars is now available for pre-order! It’s scheduled to release on May 19th, across all ebook platforms. For Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, and Smashwords, you can pre-order your copy now!

I’m super excited about this book. It’s my first novel since May 2016, and if it does well enough, I’d like to expand it into a trilogy. Either way, it’s definitely taken my writing in a new direction, and I think you’re really going to enjoy it. If I had to pitch it in one sentence, I’d say that it’s Monster Hunter International meets Guardians of the Galaxy.

Just a short post for now, but I’ll be sure to let you guys know what I’m up to as I get back into the swing of things. Thanks for reading!

Gunslinger to the Stars

Gunslinger to the Stars

Not long from now, in our own Milky Way…

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.
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The name’s Sam Kletchka. Perhaps you’ve heard of me: captain of the Star Runner, military contractor for Earthfleet, and interstellar privateer. But before all that, I was a hired gun, freelancing across the galaxy one gunslinging job at a time.

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. Not that it was easy, of course. I’ve looked death in the face so often, he’s practically an old buddy of mine. But when all your worst enemies are immortal, that’s a buddy you want on your side.

Stay frosty, my friends. You never know what you’ll find at the next star.

This book is rated T! according to the AO3 content rating system.

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Tag: 2017 Release
Publication Year: May 2017
Length: Novel
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Joe Vasicek

Joe Vasicek fell in love with science fiction with Star Wars as a child and hasn't looked back since. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Genesis Earth, Bringing Stella Home, Heart of the Nebula, and the Star Wanderers and Sons of the Starfarers series. As a young man, he studied Arabic at Brigham Young University and traveled across the Middle East and the Caucasus. He currently lives in Utah, which he claims as his home.

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Another one done!

The Sword Keeper
Phase:2.0 Draft
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It’s done! Draft 2.0 of The Sword Keeper is finished. Still need to run it by some test readers, but it’s looking very good for a release this year.

In other news, the power cable for my laptop decided to die. I’ll replace it eventually, but in the meantime, I’m going to try turning my phone into a writing device. Just got a K480 bluetooth keyboard and I’m excited to try it out. My phone is a device I’ve always got with me, so adapting it for writing could be really great.

I’m also going to try a new writing technique that should hopefully lead to cleaner (perhaps even publishable) first drafts. If it works, this could significantly increase my writing output. It involves cycling through yesterday’s words before writing any new ones, getting into the flow and making any changes as necessary. This is actually very close to how I used to write back in high school, before all those college English classes. I also get the sense that this is how Dean Wesley Smith writes.

All sorts of experimental new things going on with my next WIP, which is Edenfall. Yes, it’s time to complete the trilogy. But before I jump into it, I’m going to take some time to do some serious prewriting, in the hopes (again) of writing a clean first draft. Which, if it works, means that the book will be published that much sooner.

In the meantime, Gunslinger to the Stars is almost ready for publication. My editor is working on it now, the cover art is just about finished, and besides that all that’s really left is crafting the book description and metadata. If all goes well, it should be up for pre-order on iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, and Nook before the end of the month.

Also, new short story!

Killing Mister Wilson

Killing Mister Wilson

Every time traveler wants to kill Hitler. Only one actually stopped him.

The event was an open air parade, my vantage point, an abandoned building. I arrived in the early morning, and set up for the gruesome deed just as the crowds were starting to gather. With the patience of a man who literally has all the time in the world, I cocked my weapon and steadied my aim.
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EVERY TIME TRAVELER WANTS TO KILL HITLER. ONLY ONE ACTUALLY STOPPED HIM.

The event was an open air parade, my vantage point, an abandoned building. I arrived in the early morning, and set up for the gruesome deed just as the crowds were starting to gather. With the patience of a man who literally has all the time in the world, I cocked my weapon and steadied my aim.

This book is rated T according to the AO3 content rating system.

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Tag: 2017 Release
Publication Year: February 2017
Length: Short Story
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Joe Vasicek

Joe Vasicek fell in love with science fiction with Star Wars as a child and hasn't looked back since. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Genesis Earth, Bringing Stella Home, Heart of the Nebula, and the Star Wanderers and Sons of the Starfarers series. As a young man, he studied Arabic at Brigham Young University and traveled across the Middle East and the Caucasus. He currently lives in Utah, which he claims as his home.

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My answer to Worldcon 2016, Sad Puppies, and the Hugo Awards

So Worldcon 2016 and the Hugo Awards happened over the weekend. It went down about how I expected it would: the award for Best Novel went to an outspoken racist, one of the most prominent female editors in the field lost (again) to No Award, and the TruFans and SJWs made the convention Safe for Diversity by silencing or evicting everyone who did not think, act, believe, or look like them.

In other words, it was a complete crapshow, and I’m glad that they didn’t get any of my money. Instead, I’ve decided to follow in the Grand American Capitalist Tradition by offering you an opportunity to give me your money instead.

That’s right: “Welcome to Condescension,” my Sad Puppies short story, is now available on all the major ebookstores. Check it out!

Welcome to Condescension

Welcome to Condescension

The graying of fandom was never this much fun.

SALUT, SALAAM, and SALUTATIONS to CONdescension 373, proud denizens of fandom! We hope that you will help us all work together to keep the convention friendly and welcoming for everyone, and not repeat the unspeakable disaster of CONtamination 146. Unfortunately, time does not heal all wounds in fandom, especially when we are all functionally immortal.
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THE GRAYING OF FANDOM WAS NEVER THIS MUCH FUN.

SALUT, SALAAM, and SALUTATIONS to CONdescension 373, proud denizens of fandom! We welcome you to our convention this year, held in the beautiful underwater city of New Galveston.

We hope that you will help us all work together to keep the convention friendly and welcoming for everyone, and not repeat the unspeakable disaster of CONtamination 146. Unfortunately, time does not heal all wounds in fandom, especially when we are all functionally immortal.

Have fun!

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Publication Year: August 2016
Length: Short Story
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Joe Vasicek

Joe Vasicek fell in love with science fiction with Star Wars as a child and hasn't looked back since. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Genesis Earth, Bringing Stella Home, Heart of the Nebula, and the Star Wanderers and Sons of the Starfarers series. As a young man, he studied Arabic at Brigham Young University and traveled across the Middle East and the Caucasus. He currently lives in Utah, which he claims as his home.

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Two new stories!

Now that I’m back from Cape Cod, I’ve got two major projects that I’m focused on: finish the first draft of Captives in Obscurity (Sons of the Starfarers: Book V), and get Heart of the Nebula ready for publication in November. Those are some big releases, so you can expect to hear a lot in the coming months about them—especially Heart of the Nebula, which I’ve been working on for the past four years. Lots of exciting stuff!

In the meantime, I had two smaller releases in the past couple of weeks, and I think you guys are really going to enjoy them!

The first is the re-release of “A Hill on Which to Die,” an epic fantasy novelette about a band of free orcs trekking into the wilderness to start a new clan. This is my first real foray into fantasy, but I really enjoyed it and am thinking seriously about writing more books in this universe. If that sounds like something you’d like to see, then give this story a try and let me know what you think by posting a review or shooting me an email.

The second is a short story in the Star Wanderers universe. Longtime readers may recognize it as a story I wrote last year as part of the Short Blitz challenge“Starchild” is a quick read that takes place in a far-off corner of the universe, and shows what life is like on a tiny isolated space colony in the Far Outworlds.

This is only the tip of the iceberg as far as stories go. My goal is to have a new release at least every two months, with short stories in between the major novel releases. I’ve been averaging about one short story every month as far as writing goes, and it looks like quite a few of them are going to come off of the submission pipeline (either by getting picked up or by exhausting the pro/semi-pro markets) in the next year or so. This is all in addition to my novel writing, which hasn’t slowed down in any way from writing short stories.

So you can definitely expect to see more stories from me in the coming months! And as always, if you want to be the first to hear about a new release (as well as special offers and exclusives), then be sure to sign up for my email list.

Thanks for reading!

A Hill on Which to Die

A Hill on Which to Die

Is this the hill on which you want to die?

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.
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IS THIS THE HILL ON WHICH YOU WANT TO DIE?

That is the question on Garak-Nur’s mind every time he draws his trusted sword Blacknife. A battle-hardened mountain orc, he knows when to turn from an unwinnable fight—and when to face death head-on, sword in hand.

Garak-Nur is ready to meet his fate, but the rest of his clan is not. A Witch King has risen to power in the north, assembling an orcish army by force. To preserve their freedom, Garak must lead his orcs into the wilderness to start a new clan.

But the challenges they face are great, and the lands they must cross are teeming with peril. Dwarves, dragons, and rival orcish war parties all stand in their way of finding a new home. Even if they do manage to start a new burrow, their fledgling clan may still not survive the winter.

One day, Garak-Nur will climb his last hill and meet the fate that awaits him. But for the sake of all those who look up to him, that day must not come a moment too soon.

This book is rated M! according to the AO3 content rating system.

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Publication Year: 2015
Length: novelette
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Joe Vasicek

Joe Vasicek fell in love with science fiction with Star Wars as a child and hasn't looked back since. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Genesis Earth, Bringing Stella Home, Heart of the Nebula, and the Star Wanderers and Sons of the Starfarers series. As a young man, he studied Arabic at Brigham Young University and traveled across the Middle East and the Caucasus. He currently lives in Utah, which he claims as his home.

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Starchild

Starchild

The revolutions passed, and the stars spun silently underfoot.

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.
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THE REVOLUTIONS PASSED, AND THE STARS SPUN SILENTLY UNDERFOOT.

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.

This story is rated T according to the AO3 content rating system.

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Genres: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Tag: 2015 Release
Publication Year: September 2015
Length: short story
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Joe Vasicek

Joe Vasicek fell in love with science fiction with Star Wars as a child and hasn't looked back since. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Genesis Earth, Bringing Stella Home, Heart of the Nebula, and the Star Wanderers and Sons of the Starfarers series. As a young man, he studied Arabic at Brigham Young University and traveled across the Middle East and the Caucasus. He currently lives in Utah, which he claims as his home.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the page above are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. You will not receive any additional charge.