Galactic Games

TOP AUTHORS, including 8 New York Times best-selling authors, imagine sports in intergalactic, Olympic-like competitions of the future. George R.R. Martin, Larry Correia, Mercedes Lackey, Gene Wolfe, Robert Silverberg, Mike Resnick, Seanan McGuire, David Farland and many more. Eighteen stories, eighteen different sports, many never written about in science fiction before.


The Olympic Games—pushing skills, minds, brains and bodies to their limits in the ultimate competition on Earth. But once mankind has reached the stars, playing sports will travel with us. Yet galactic sports come with new challenges and possibilities. And new dangers.

From downhill figure skating to horse racing with alien life forms; from baseball played with speedboats to basketball on Mars and golf on the Moon; from alien opponents to literally death defying stakes, Galactic Games takes the competition to a whole new level. Includes stories by top selling authors George R.R. Martin, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Correia, Todd McCaffrey, David Farland, and Seanan McGuire as well as legends Robert Silverberg, Randall Garrett, Gene Wolfe, Mike Resnick, Jack C. Haldeman, and more.

Cover Art by Domic Harman

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, June 2016

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ISBN-13: 978-1-4767-8158-7
eISBN: 978-1-62579-504-5

Copyright 2016 Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Additional Copyright information:
Introduction © 2016 by Bryan Thomas Schmidt; “With Fones” © 2016 by Todd McCaffrey; “Little Games” © 2016 by Mercedes Lackey; “Regulation” © 2016 by Seanan McGuire; “Earth, Corner Pocket” © 2016 by Lezli Robyn; “The Great Kladnar Race” © 1956, 1984 by Randall Garrett and Robert Silverberg; “Advantages” © 2016 by Louise Marley; “Louisville Slugger” © 1977 by Jack C. Haldeman II; “For The Sake of The Game” © 2016 by Gray Rinehart; “Shooter Ready” © 2016 by Larry Correia; “Minor Hockey Gods of Barstow Station” © 2016 by Beth Cato; “Pompoms and Circumstance” © 2016 by Esther M. Friesner; “The Olympian” © 1984 by Mike Resnick; “Petra and The Blue Goo” © 2016 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch; “Green Moss River” © 2016 John David Wolverton; “The On-Deck Circle” ©2006 Gene Wolfe, reprinted by permission of the author and the author’s agents, the Virginia Kidd Agency, Inc.; “Stress Cracks” © 2016 by Anthony R Cardno; “Run To Starlight” © 1974 by George R. R. Martin; “Mars Court Rules” © 2016 by Brad R. Torgersen; “Last Shot, First Shot” © 2016 by Dean Wesley Smith; “The Great Ignorant Race” © 2016 by Robert Reed

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