Joseph W. Morris, writing as J. W. Morris, began his love affair with science fiction at age eight when his 3rd grade teacher introduced him to Tom Swift. Since then he has worked to make SF a reality as an aerospace engineer and innovator. Along his career path he earned six patents and helped pioneer two technologies flying in the missile defense program. He led a team team delivering rocket thrusters for NOAA’s (U.S. Weather Service) next weather satellite. He is currently CEO of a consulting firm, Rocket Science Technologies. His interests are diverse, ranging from history to quantum physics to management of small businesses (he cofounded a successful web-based business). 

Joe was born in New York City to parents who ran a small hotel in mid-town Manhattan. Living and working in a hotel spoiled him rotten but also gave him an introduction to a variety of people and their idiosyncratic personalities that served him well in his writing. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School and then obtained bachelor degrees in Physics and Engineering from NYU. He started his technical career working for the government but soon moved off to private industry. Besides missile defense, he has worked on aircraft ejection seats and other military components and systems. He shares in six patents and has two technical innovation awards.

He lives near Buffalo, NY with his beautiful wife and rambunctious Labrador retriever, Wally.

Empire’s Passing is the first book in the Imperium Succession Saga, a series about the collapse of an interstellar empire, and the battle against an evil that can control Human minds and needs to feed off Human souls. What happens when Humans are given some of these same powers by a billion-year-old race? Can they resist temptation to use these abilities for their own purposes? Or does power corrupt?

J. W. Morris, Author, Entrepreneur, Engineer

A new space saga emerges. This sci-fi novel is an epic triumph.... --TBR         Full Review


I don't see any need to tiptoe around saying I loved this book. --  Andrew Baker, Fanboys Anonymous  Full Review

"... an impressive debut..."  -- San Francisco / Sacramento Book Reviews    Full Review

“A richly woven space saga that will leave sci-fi fans anxious for the next installment.” – Kirkus Reviews         Full Review


“Epic battles alternate with an intriguing storyline…” BlueInk Reviews                                                           Full Review