Aether War: Book 1

“Breza spins a world that’s rich in detail; imaginative, but still grounded in history as we know it.”★★★★★

Royal Marine James Gray wanted adventure, and got it, when he crews a wooden ship headed to the moon. This was beyond his wildest dreams – one that quickly turns into a nightmare.

A navy ship always has challenges but James didn’t bargain on a killing aether, Ben Franklin’s ray gun and an impossible mission.

England’s alchemists need something only found on the moon and her enemies will stop at nothing to destroy the ship.
James teams up with shipmate Ash Bowen and they fight to save their ship and themselves while struggling heroically to achieve their mission. If they fail England will be crushed by her enemies. Are they strong enough to survive the attacks and come out alive?

Aether War is the first book in a series, set in 1755. Drift away with this science fiction alternate history today. Click Read Now or Buy Now.

Meet Mike Breza

Mike Breza grew up on Johnny Quest cartoons, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Marx Brothers films, and classic stories from Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. His lengthy career within museums gave him outstanding first-hand experience with history. It was this blend of science fiction, history, and humor, that continues to inspire him today.
Mike currently lives in the rural Midwest with his wife and two black cats, Bombay and Wilson. Aether War is his first novel as an indie author, with a sequel in the works.
Aether War is a stunning adventure story set in an alternate 18th century where steam and static electricity drive wooden sailing ships to the moon.

Mission: Flight To Mars

Bob Astor is a Quality Assurance agent working at Vartan Inc. Lately his days have been stressful, to say the least. Butting heads with upper management has put his career on life support. A surprising change in circumstance has Bob going on a business trip to the moon city, Langrenus. On the way, he meets one of the delegates on board the Starbird, a desperate man with a dark past and a very dangerous secret. Through a mysterious series of events Bob finds himself in the middle of an interplanetary crisis that no one knows about. These secrets could change – or destroy – all human life on Earth. The key to the answer of the crises is on the Red Planet, Mars. It’s up to Bob, the burnt-out Q. A. agent to rise to the occasion and stem the dangerous tide coming from beyond the solar system.
From The Author
Are you looking for science fiction that echoes back to the positive outlook of Golden Age science fiction? Need a break from “mundane” science fiction or nihilistic science fiction and just want a fun yarn to read? Did you enjoy Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon? Do you like A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice- Burroughs? Do you love classic Star Wars or Star Trek: The Original Series? If you’ve said yes to any of these, check out The Mission space opera series. It’s a fun romp through space. Get ready for a bold adventure!

Q: There’s a lot of good science fiction out there. Why should I read this series?
What makes the Mission space opera novels contrast with other modern science fiction series out there?
The Mission series is a mix of new and old science fiction influences. Most of all it has the old aesthetic, an optimistic view on humanity’s future. Science fiction has lost much of that which made it so much fun to read, in my opinion. When I set about writing this series I’d just finished the Red World trilogy, a long, complex, Dune/ Old Testament-like sword-and-sandals fantasy series with a huge glossary and extensive appendixes and author notes.

With this series I wanted the stories to be fast-paced, full of adventure and fun and most of all, hopeful about the future. There are serious challenges and uncertainties that the hero faces, certainly, but this series has a positive outlook on humanity’s eventual future. I was mainly inspired by Edgar Rice-Burroughs’s Barsoom series and George Lucas’s original Star Wars films, as well as other science fiction influences from the past. Bob Astor, the hero in the books, is a regular guy working in a big corporation who has a keen curiosity, a good heart and a willingness to help others in trouble – and he gets himself into hot water along the way to saving the day.

Q:In what order should I read these books?
You can read them in any order you want and still enjoy them but there is a specific story arc in the books that progresses as the story moves forward. Below is the series order:
Flight to Mars
Lights of Langrenus
Attack on Europa
Harbeasts of Mars
Blackguard Conspiracy
A Venus Affair
Phoenix Rising (TBA)
Future Fantastic (TBA)

Meet V. A. Jeffrey

I’m Victoria and Epistle Publishing is an imprimatur that specializes in speculative fiction and poetry. Stories of wonder and adventure. Feel free to browse my books, read my thoughts or subscribe to the mailing list.

First Strike: Rebellion Begins – Military Sci Fi and Space Opera Thriller (Galactic Rebels Book 1)

He just wants to run space cargo. Alien warlords want him dead – with a billion credit price on his head. Now, everyone with a gun and a spaceship wants to cash in. But, humans are not easy to kill, especially a battle hardened Marine warrior from Earth. He is angry, frustrated and uncertain about where his life is going, but knows one thing – he absolutely hates the arrogance of the wealthy elite who paid the billion credit bounty. And, he’ll make them pay with their precious, jewelry studded lives if it is the last thing he does. They thought it should be easy. After all, he is just a human. They didn’t send enough ships… not nearly enough ships. An addictive, heart-stopping, time bending military science fiction and space opera thriller you just can’t put down, so, warn your family and friends you’ll be away in an alternate universe for the duration. . . Grab your copy right now, put on your battle armor and web into your ship-couch as you join Captain Derek Hamilton and his warrior crew on the ride of a lifetime, culminating in the exciting conclusion for Book 1 and the perfect next step for this exciting series – Galactic Rebels.

Meet J.T. Skye

If you like fast-action, space battles and troubled heroes, then click the ‘Follow’ link to receive new release emails from Amazon and sign up at for free stories. I’ve written 17 novels and 3 shorts in 4 series. I created the Trigellian Universe as the central playground of all of my Sci Fi Space Opera, Science Fiction Action-Adventure and Military Sci-Fi series stories. I love to write stories of heroic quests, ancient prophecies and mythical journeys along roads less traveled. They include grand, military space battles, secret alliances, desperate treachery, vengeance and retribution against the arrogance, elitism and glory hunting found at the highest levels of society. From pirates, slavers, saboteurs and assassins… to elite Warriors, trader families, cargo haulers and the many desperate refugees just trying to escape conscription, buy air to breathe and just live. . . one more day. If you love Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Action Adventure, join me on the journey of a life time.

Warrior Series Omnibus: Books 1 – 3 – Alien Invasion, Military Sci Fi and Space Opera Conquest (Trigellian Universe – Warrior Series Book 7)

Space Opera Box Set 1 – 3. Edge of your seat Sci Fi Romance, adventure and epic combat space battles set against the backdrop of Earth being involuntarily drawn into an alien war. . . and Earth’s first heroic, space warrior. A cataclysmic war began a thousand years ago – the Brinlo to defend their slave trade at all costs and the fearsome Hogantha to end it – forever. Today, alien first contact goes horribly wrong. An alien armada arrives to enslave Earth and hide from their mortal enemy. Earth needs a desperate miracle and human champion to end the alien occupation and the mass transport of human slaves to other planets. Ex-Marine pilot Derek Hamilton is kidnapped and sent to the slave auctions. He kills his alien captors then joins with legendary Hogantha warriors and his alien female partner, Peebo Lim to help find and destroy the Brinlo Armada. Constantly on the run from killers, Derek and Peebo must use every ounce of skill and cunning to survive and complete their quest to find out when the Brinlo Armada will return ‘en mass’ to Earth. Time is running out for Earth as they bribe, infiltrate and fight to acquire the one piece of data they frantically need. Then and only then can the mighty Hogantha Space Fleet strike the loathsome Brinlo ending the thousand-year war. The fate of Earth hangs in the delicate balance of that epic space battle, but ends with a terrible cost. This exclusive Amazon Box set continues with the journey of the characters from Warrior Dawn, introduces new champions and raises the desperate stakes for all. Grab your copy of this space opera now to join them in their quest. The fate of Earth and the galaxy is in your hands.

Meet J.T. Skye

If you like fast-action, space battles and troubled heroes, then click the ‘Follow’ link to receive new release emails from Amazon and sign up at for free stories. I’ve written 17 novels and 3 shorts in 4 series. I created the Trigellian Universe as the central playground of all of my Sci Fi Space Opera, Science Fiction Action-Adventure and Military Sci-Fi series stories. I love to write stories of heroic quests, ancient prophecies and mythical journeys along roads less traveled. They include grand, military space battles, secret alliances, desperate treachery, vengeance and retribution against the arrogance, elitism and glory hunting found at the highest levels of society. From pirates, slavers, saboteurs and assassins… to elite Warriors, trader families, cargo haulers and the many desperate refugees just trying to escape conscription, buy air to breathe and just live. . . one more day. If you love Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Action Adventure, join me on the journey of a life time.

Tarak: Blood Dictates All

On Tarak, blood dictates all.

The universe is vast and tamed, managed by a galactic-wide government called the Syndicate. Planet Tarak is an exception. Located on the rim of civilization, its people are independent and as fierce as its roving planetary storm held back by their high-tech biodome.

Through their hardened militaristic and scientific advancements, Tarakians have become the most formidable society in the universe, governed by a king with an unmatched bloodline, the Sight ability that even the Syndicate fears. Tarakian King Relaa will do anything to maintain his power and keep his planet safe from threats both internal and external while staying out of the Syndicate’s affairs.

But some threats not even he can see. A galactic civil war is brewing and even the isolated Tarakians will have to join.

Ehreo is a high-ranking Citadel agent on Tarak investigating a terrorist scheme that reaches right to the top of Tarakian society. What he discovers puts him in the crosshairs of a centuries-old prophecy . . . one that no one knows has already been set in motion by King Relaa, which may be the key to everything or could spell disaster for all.

Is Relaa as invincible as he thinks? Will Ehreo succeed or will Tarak crumble from within or succumb to assault from without? The galaxy is going to war. Billions will die. How will Tarak intervene with its own rebellion secretly underway?

Find out in Tarak.

Featuring the rich and complex worldbuilding of Game of Thrones meets Dune meets Star Wars, Tarak is full of action, political intrigue, and suspense. From the radiation-enhanced blood of the elegant Tarakians to mutated rebels to global superweapons to raging planetary storms and biodomes to the brutal warrior culture of its monarchy, Tarak is one immersive and memorable sci-fi ride.

Meet Sage Patel

When I started writing, I didn’t know what the f*ck I was doing, and candidly I still don’t. But I’ve always been told I’m a good storyteller.

I grew up in the hospitality industry, working front desk to maintenance and eventually went to business school, twice. I dove deep into financial modeling and strategy but something always ate at the back of my mind in the wee hours of night staring into the abyss of a soon to be #REF excel spreadsheet.

Since I was a child I told myself stories to fall asleep. Eventually I wanted to write them down. With no formal writing training I opened MS Word and let my thoughts pour out of me and just kept going.

Tarak, my first novel, is my pride and joy. It will be a multiple book series with unlimited potential for future stories. I wrote this for those who find home in worlds beyond our own.

The Binaries: part one

After holding his dying younger brother in his arms, the defector became disenfranchised with the world he lives in. It is obvious the arch-appointee is the villain and despite not having any superpowers he seemingly has a spell over the people. Each of his fingers is adorned with a gold ring yet the people praise his modesty and humbleness. He is the source of all of their misery, but he is the protector of their zone and without his leadership and protection, those vile people of the other zones would climb over the wall and steal what little they had. And what little they did have is given to the arch-appointee. Every morning the giant beast that lives on the other side of the world disk (people here believe the world is flat) would eat the sun. The only way to lure it away from the life-giving sun is to feed it gold. Gold that people don’t have and have gone into great debt to obtain. If you think simply not paying the gold would solve the problem, you would then be deemed an outcast, a non-normal which the common person fears the most. If someone were to tell the people the arch-appointee is a charlatan and there is no giant beast trying to eat the sun, then they would be met with the violent rage of the people. How does one liberate those who don’t even know they are slaves and being in debt is slave-hood.But the defector has a powerful force on his side, a force much stronger than the lies of the arch-appointee. That force is the truth and he must find a way to expose the powers that be who they truly are.

Meet J. S. Manning

The hardest thing to write is a bio. It isn’t because I don’t know what to write, but I don’t know what to filter out. I studied art and originally wanted to travel and draw, yet my journey seeded ideas and visions of a literary universe. The best thing about being self-published is that there are no obstacles to bringing out an entire world from my imagination. I am an Australian who has travelled and lived abroad by working as an international teacher.

Bloodstained Skies: The Core of Rage

After years of tension, war has finally come to the Union worlds. Hordes of rebels, seeking revenge for their lost worlds, ravage the Peripheral Zones. One of the leaders of the rebellion is Charon Antares, a strict and shrewd warrior who doesn’t accept any weaknesses or cowardice. He has been struggling for years to liberate his planet, Zetherion, from the Union control. When another one of his braver mission ends in disaster, the rich and powerful sovereign plans to deprive him of his authority. To save his status, Antares agrees to execute her insane order that may cost the lives of thousands of his people. A young and easy-going girl named Cerridwen lives in a peaceful world. One day, by accident, she comes in Antares’s way. When she finds out about the tragedy that happened to her family, she vows revenge, but without collaboration with Antares and the rebels, she will not be able to fulfil her plan. Meanwhile, a group of the Union scientists decides to end the rebel’s invasions, once and for all – they build a deadly, inhumane weapon out of sight of the government. For fans of: Halo, Warhammer, Star Wars

Meet Dagmar Rokita

Dagmar Rokita is a Polish writer and an artist. She writes and illustrates dark sci-fi series called “Bloodstained Skies”. There are two things that inspire her: imaginary world of geek culture and the deepest corners of human psychology. Huge doses of heavy metal and history are her creative fuel. She wants to become a famous artist because she needs money to buy sophisticated food for her cat.

Oblivion’s Cloak

First Lieutenant Shaara was dead this morning.

Her captain is furious at her. She wasted company resources getting herself killed, and it’s coming out of her paycheck. Now, she’s sitting across from the first other human being she’s seen in six years. His name is Adnan. He claims to come from Earth—but that’s impossible. Earth died a long time ago. If Adnan’s telling the truth, he and the decaying ship the captain pulled him off are nearly a thousand years old.

Wherever he’s from, he’s Shaara’s responsibility now. Which is the last thing she needs. But it’s either that, or the captain sells Adnan into slavery. Shaara knows what that would mean. Most humans do. And something inside her won’t let her abandon Adnan to it: revenant memories, stabbed awake by the look in his eyes.

Facing those memories won’t be easy. It’d be far easier to ignore the feeling driving her forward. Far easier to let it all go to hell, and drift back to sleep.

Until a shadowy new faction starts stoking the fires of war. They’re looking for Adnan; Earth’s last survivor holds the key to unleash a terrible, indiscriminate vengeance on the galaxy that wronged them. Who they are is a mystery—to everyone but Shaara. Hard as she’s tried to forget, she knows them all too well. Which means she’s the only one who can stop them.

The question is: does she want to? Maybe the galaxy’s earned a little vengeance.

Meet Dylan McFadyen

Dylan has been writing science fiction stories since he was old enough to write. He’s been writing original science fiction stories—discounting admittedly awesome fully illustrated Star Trek and Star Wars fan fiction—since he was twelve.

Other than sci-fi and storytelling, Dylan loves history (which is just another form of storytelling, if you think about it). He has a master’s degree in international relations and conflict, and to this day spends as much time reading history as anything else.

When not reading or writing, Dylan enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Victoria, particularly watching yet more stories, from brilliant favorites like Battlestar Galactica and The Expanse, to joyously terrible films like Miami Connection and Samurai Cop. He also enjoys long walks with their dog, El Doggo, who is the fabled Goodest Boy.

Finally, Dylan enjoys shooting sports, and like all good children of the 90s, video games. He’s played more hours of modded XCOM 2 than some babies have been alive.

He also has a Lord of the Rings tattoo, which in a way tells you everything else you need to know.

Tethered Worlds: Unwelcome Star

For fans of Dune, the Honor Harrington series, & Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet series.

Imagine using a technology so different, that it appears as magic…

“…one of the most fully imagined sci-fi worlds I have ever experienced outside of Frank Herbert’s genre-defining “Dune” series.” –D.A.Cartier

Jordahk thought he was average. He was wrong. He thought his planet too far from the centuries-old stalemate line to see any action. He was wrong about that too.

To save his world from annexation he must retreat with his eccentric grandfather, seeking help from the farthest planets. But what can stop the domination of mankind’s supreme star-spanning government?

There is an ancient technology with the power to break the conventional–but it can also break the user. And only a special few can wield it. But Jordahk suspects his grandfather knows more than he’s telling…

Meet Gregory Faccone

You might think part-time mystery man Gregory Faccone has lived ten lifetimes. He’s experienced the ocean’s cool dawn, and baked in 130° deserts. He’s worked amidst the concrete canyons of major cities, and on a dark, rainy night, driven a remote road carpeted with frogs (true story, really).

Classically trained in creative arts, he performed a long tenure developing electronic entertainment with smaller dev houses and the biggest names like Electronic Arts and SONY. He collaborated with Universal Studios, Warner Bros., and Paramount, adding content to popular franchises from Star Trek, to comics, to even medical dramas like ER.

Gregory’s editing skills, refined in the crucible of competitive entertainment, can be put to use for your novel or creative endeavor. See his Editing Services page and get your dream moving forward today.

To share his creations beyond fleeting game systems, Gregory had to venture into the written word. It has stood for centuries, and although the ways we read evolve, novels continue unimpeded. A reader’s bond with a quality literary work is unlike any other. When Gregory starting creating a unique science fiction universe, he knew the medium for which it was destined. The fantastic framework for his science fiction series, Tethered Worlds, took two years to create before he jumped into writing the first entry.

Gregory is influenced by Arthur C. Clarke’s axiom: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” So jump into Tethered Worlds and go on an adventure based in the centuries to come. While the technology is advanced, the nature of mankind is unchanged. It continues to wrestle with flaws, and is preserved through selflessness and nobility.

Cease Fire: A Space Adventure Book 1

Stranded in uncharted space, Karma is finding it harder to keep information from the crew.

But what she knows will affect their chances of survival.

At least with the crew knowing about the device it means that she can work with them to get it back online and find a way home.

That would be the plan, but for a pesky distress call.

A distress call they have to answer.

The problem with responding to distress signals in unknown space, with untold threats all around, is that you also run the risk of needing to send out your own distress call.

Which presupposes that there are friendly folks somewhere around. And that you’re not going to attract the attention of any lurking hostiles.

Not only that, but their side quest could very well result in losing crew members.

And we’re not just talking about red shirts.


“If you like Star Trek and devastatingly handsome androids, you’ll love this series!”

Similar to: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, and Firefly.