The Way of the Warrior: A Story About a Warrior

Rocket Boy and the Geek GirlsMy story in Book View Press’s first anthology, Rocket Boy and the Geek Girls, happens to be about a warrior. It’s not about a war, though. The war ended long ago and my warrior was on the losing side. She’s been on the run ever since.

So there aren’t any battle scenes. But there are a couple of good fight scenes, starting with a bar fight.

I like to choreograph my fight scenes in detail, so I can figure out a series of logical moves and also throw in a few flashy techniques, just for fun. The first part of the bar fight ends with a sacrifice throw that I particularly like — one where you drop to the ground and send your opponent flying.

I always describe this story as space opera, because it’s basically an adventure story set in a made up galaxy. But it’s also a love story. In fact, I always wanted to call it “Love Story,” but everyone who has ever read it absolutely vetoed that title. Instead, it’s called “Blindsided by Venus in the House of Mars,” which I hope gets across both the love and war idea.

Despite that description — and despite the anthology title (which, unlike Sarah, I like because “Geek Girls” just sounds better than “Geek Women” and it should be obvious we’re employing a bit of irony here) — it’s not a funny story. There’s a moral dilemma at the heart of it.

Moral dilemmas and fight scenes: My idea of the perfect story.

“Blindsided” originally appeared in the Australian publication Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.


Nancy Jane’s flash fiction for this week is “Hallowe’en Party.”  Her collection Conscientious Inconsistencies is available from PS Publishing and her novella Changeling can be ordered from Aqueduct Press.

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The Way of the Warrior: A Story About a Warrior — 1 Comment

  1. Rocket Boys and Geek Women sounds very odd indeed. I’m a great believer in parallel construction for such things. “Men and Women” or “Ladies and Gentlemen” or “Boys and Girls.” Hence, “Rocket Boys and Geek Girls” is perfect. Not to mention it hits on the perpetual youth associated with fandom!