Joe Vasicek

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Welcome to Condescension

A science fiction convention in a not-so-distant future of functional immortality. In spite of all the awesomeness, some things never change.


The Janus Anomaly

On a routine patrol, an Earthfleet science mission finds an anomaly near an alien crash site at Kapteyn's Star. At least, that's how Lieutenant Dusilova remembers it. Why doesn't anyone else have any memory of the incident? And why has the captain set a course for Aldebaran?


The Open Source Time Machine

The day Carl Kearsley proved that time travel was impossible was the day he received a visit from his future self. But was it too late to finally realize his dream? The answer would change the course of his life for all time.


The Gettysburg Paradox

The greatest battle of all time, secretly fought by time travelers.


Decision LZ1527

Ryan Murray wants to ask Michelle on a date, but he just doesn't have the courage to do it. Fortunately, there's a whole crew of matchmakers running around inside his head.


Brothers in Exile

Two brothers, one starship. A girl frozen in stasis. A galaxy on the verge of war.

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.


From the Ice Incarnate

When Michael Anderson woke from cryo at a distant alien star, he had no idea how alone he would feel. No idea, that is, until his sole mission partner starts to die in the thawing process. Twenty light-years from the nearest human being, cut off completely from anyone who could help, Michael must act quickly to save her life.

A 3,500 word excerpt from GENESIS EARTH. Won first place in the 2009 Mayhew short story contest at Brigham Young University.


Jane Carter of Earth and the Rescue that Never Was

Jane Carter never thought she'd be the first human in the galaxy to be sold at 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.



When Jeremiah arrived at Megiddo Station, all he wanted was to make some trades and resupply his starship. He never thought he'd come away with a wife.

Before he knows it, he's back on his ship, alone with his accidental bride. Since neither of them speak the same language, he has no way to tell her that there's been a terrible mistake. And because of the deadly famine ravaging her home, there's no going back. She's entirely at his mercy, and that terrifies him more than anything.

Jeremiah isn't ready to take responsibility for anyone. He's a star wanderer, roaming the Outworld frontier in search of his fortune. Someday he'll settle down, but for now, he just wants to drop the girl off at the next port and move on.

As he soon finds out though, she has other plans.