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A sleekly modern rendition of pulp sci-fi, Space Games is fast-paced, straightforward read that leaves you wanting to know what happens next.
Mary Fan, ‘Artificial Absolutes’, Red Adept Publishing
Like any good reality show, Space Games leaves us wondering what the contestants would do next and how they could possibly top the last bone-breaking outburst of brutality. The ending goes to a pretty dark place—the worst nightmare for any TV producer, except Zimmer.
Brian Bandell, New York Journal of Books
The cameras are on and the gloves are off in this battle of the sexes in space.
Say hello to Robin and Joe—contestants in 2034’s “Space Games,” a high-stakes reality TV show from Hollywood producer Sheldon J. Zimmer that is set aboard next-generation space station, ISS 2. The winner takes home a multimillion-dollar jackpot and a chance at stardom, while the loser faces the ultimate in public humiliation. Only former NASA astronaut Vince, acting as the station’s commander and the games’ sole referee, can separate sexy spitfire and martial artist, Robin Miller, from her brutal opponent, “Big Joe” O’Donnell, as the pair compete inside the cramped zero-g environs. Watched by millions of people back on Earth, the reality show rapidly degenerates into a deadly spectacle.
Space Games is a compelling story and a biting satire about reality television: those who make and participate in it – and those who watch it.
What they’re saying :
“Man versus woman competition rockets into orbit in Space Games—and a good spirited Billie Jean King versus Bobby Riggs tennis match this is not.” Brian Bandell, New York Journal of Books.
That’s the contestants …. but what’s it like having to be the referee? Station Commander Vince is in the chair :
(And as the lights go down in the house, applause reaches deafening levels as Chat show host Mortimer Dukes takes the stage to interview Station Commander Vince via satellite…):
Thank you for taking time off from your schedule to talk to us about this show. Let’s begin at the beginning :
How, from being a NASA astronaut, did you become a referee on a reality show (albeit one in space)?
V: Thanks for having me on Mr. Dukes. In answer to your question, NASA is—unfortunately—a much smaller agency than it once was due to federal budget cuts. Private enterprise has picked up the slack in terms of manned space missions which has forced astronauts like me to take whatever work we can find. I was employed part-time as a consultant training civilian astronauts when the Space Games people invited me to interview for the job as one of the station’s commanders and as the referee for the show. They wanted someone who not only had experience aboard a space station but who could keep the peace, which I did as an Air Force security officer prior to becoming an astronaut. The offer the show made me was nice. Given I had few other options, I took it.
How has it been, working with the contestants?
V: Let’s just say I’m counting down the days until the mission is over. If it weren’t for the paycheck …
That bad, huh?
V: Like I said before, I’ve been stationed with dozens of civilians up here, and Robin and Joe are … (interview continues here)