I do love space battles, which makes it kind of funny that I didn’t realize what a space geek I was for so long. I always liked the cartoons where they went to space and used to gaze at the moon wondering if anyone was there. It was cool to see Neil Armstrong walk on the moon, but it would have been more fun if there’s been some moon-lings taking him to their leader. And a shoot ’em up space battle. Did I mention I like space battles?

In my real life I’m not bloodthirsty. Okay, I have some pictures of me with guns, but when I’m shooting, I’m so aware of how lethal a weapon is, I can’t say I enjoy it that much. And yet, my fiction is filled with mayhem and so is my video viewing. I just like the old fashioned mayhem, the type without lots of gory detail.

So I got to thinking, what are some great space battles? Okay, let’s keep in mind that I’m a girl, so your space battle mileage may vary from mine.

  1. Most of the Star Wars battles. That endless pod race? No, but the battles were fun. And I liked the most of the hand-to-hand combat, too. Like I said, good, old fashioned violence.

2. Last Starfighter. I know, the movie was kind of lame, but I like fish out of water stories and the quirk of using a video game to recruit fighters. It had a sense of humor, too. I like a sense of humor.

3. Stargates. Obviously budget considerations limited their space battles, but I think they did a good job with what they had to work with. Don’t believe me? Check out this video montage of their space battles:

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4. Star Trek. The TV series’ had some of the same limitations that Stargates did, but the movies had lots of fun moments. One of my favorite battles in STNG was the battle of wits between Data and Tasha’s evil offspring during the blockade. I’m not totally about shiny ships blowing up other shiny ships.

That said, I will conclude this space battle round up with a book, or rather a series. At first I was really surprised that I liked The Lost Fleet books (by Jack Campbell) so much, but thinking about it, it’s partly about the space battles, the wits’ battles. (It’s also because I like a good guy hero, too. And Geary is a really good guy, though clueless about women. But that’s another blog post.) Geary has been lost in cyro-sleep for one hundred years and is found and revived. The world he wakens to is very different from the one he left, and not how he expected the future to turn out. But he has some very special skills, lost skills that may get the fleet home. So my space battle love doesn’t have to be all about what I can see, though that does add to the fun.

When I went to craft my own (very fictional) space battle for The Key, I went to an “expert,” —-> no, not a scientist, a gamer! My son loves the space battles, too, so I told him what he had to play with and asked him to choreograph my big, black moment battle. Man, the kid almost left my people with nothing to get home. He’s ruthless! But let’s fact it, it’s no fun if everything isn’t on the line.

So that’s it. I “heart” space battles. Oh wait! What blog post about space battles would be complete without an “Ode to Space Battles?”

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(Perilous) Pauline Baird Jones “hearts” Space Battles

12 thoughts on “(Perilous) Pauline Baird Jones “hearts” Space Battles

  • October 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I love space battles too, and the video’s you’ve included are excellent! Unfortunately, being a Hard SciFi guy I also know a thing or two about the physics of space travel. When I watch something like this I can usually shove my belief systems in the closet and enjoy the visual feast. Not so with books. Space battles in books, more often than not, scare the dog because I’m sitting there yelling, “Oh, come ON!”: But, unfortunately, when we get to doing real battles in space they’re going to be really, really boring (except for the mathematicians manning the targeting devices.

    • October 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      I am in the fortunate position of having no clue about the physics – LOL – so can enjoy any and all space battles. (grin) I do think you might enjoy Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet books. While I don’t know, they sound really accurate. LOL!

  • October 2, 2012 at 5:04 am

    I’m so bummed. I’m original comment disappeared when I submitted it. To recap my comment that is now wandering around in cyberspace:

    I realized recently that I’ve been a science fiction geek just about all my life. Marvin the Martian was my favorite Looney Tunes character. I loved The Last Starfighter and watched it every chance I got when it was on cable. Star Wars and Star Trek and Stargate? Of course! Don’t forget Firefly!

    It doesn’t matter that the “science” doesn’t “work” in most of these stories. LOL.

    The thing that puzzles me though is why I write mostly fantasy when I adore reading science fiction. I’m a geek.

    • October 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      I’m like you, Diana. Took me a while to find my way to writing SF, though its also fantasy and the “science”is totally made up. If you follow your stories long enough, you’ll probably be surprised where you end up. I started out writing comedy suspense and ended up with SFR, but my current project is romantic suspense again. Must say though, I miss space! I might need some aliens to invade or something. LOL!

  • October 2, 2012 at 12:55 am

    You are a woman after my own heart, lol. There is nothing better then a space battle in my opinion. I laughed when you mentioned the Jack Campbell series because I am currently reading it and was going to recommend it to you. I will say that this is definitely a post that I can relate to. Great job!

    • October 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Yay, Gilliad! My next Jack Campbell book is due to arrive today! It would already be on my kindle, but the kindle price sucks eggs and it is a book I will need to share with the hubs and my son. But that price stinks. LOL! So glad you love the space battles, too! Did you ever read any of the Myriad books by RM Meluch? They are kind of campy, Star Trek-ish, a bit blow your mind, but at the end of the four I liked them. I was glad I didn’t find them as they were releasing, cause huge twist at end of first book.

  • October 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Hmmmm…I am probably indifferent. I’ve never been a huge sci fi fan BUT, I mean…one can always appreciate a great battle and amazing cinemetography whether featured on earth or in outer space…

    • October 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Yeah, I think I like the drama, the shiny stuff and the big explosions that are not too bloody. LOL! The hubs had to drag me to the first Star Wars, cause I didn’t think I liked SF either. But looking back, there were clues I wasn’t indifferent. (grin)

  • October 1, 2012 at 4:32 am

    I LUUURVE space battles. Had one in both Iron Admiral books. They’re damned hard to write, I found. The Star Wars ones were good, all grist to the writer’s mill, even if the physics was… um… wrong. Oh, let’s face facts; I love spaceships. Got my Big Bonzer Book of Star Wars ships to oooh and ahhh about. And spaceships are in space battles. Ergo Sum.

    • October 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      Oh, you did a great job with your space battle! (Okay read one, next on TBR), but yeah, they are very hard. I got my son on board to consult on my first and he really helped me with the choreography. The physics is one thing I loved about Lost Fleet books. The battles were slow…but very exciting. Good stuff.

      • October 10, 2012 at 4:04 pm

        Based on THIS comment, I just went and bought Breach the Hull which Amazon listed as book 1 in that series. Looking forward to its arrival. Whispernet has been kinda poky lately…

        • October 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm

          I hope you enjoy and that it arrives! I got the new Kindle White, but with WiFi. I have my phone set as a personal WiFi spot, so going that route instead of 3G going forward. I actually ran the math! =8-0 LOL!

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