Battlespace is a collection of short stories written and produced by veterans. All the proceeds to to help wounded warriors.
For many service members the military can open some unexpected doors. You learn unique and necessary skills, you forge unforgettable friendships and - on some occasions – you discover a talent or a passion that you didn’t even knew you had.
For Air Force veterans Keith Houin, Jason Tudor, and Michael J. Wistock, it was a passion for science fiction and a desire to help other veterans in need that provided the opportunity for a rather unique collaboration: a science fiction book that helps wounded warriors.
From Air Force veterans to science fiction writers? Seems like a natural transition to me. But I guess I’m not normal, so let’s take a look at this unique path for these three veterans.
It all started with a little science fiction podcast.
In many cases, there is a community connection amongst geeky members of society. Something that says “I get that 8-bit wreath on your door” or “that Yoda quote on your white board makes sense to me. Let’s be friends” (okay, maybe it’s not quite that black and white, but I have made more than one friend thanks to the TARDIS mug on my desk).
Keith and Jason became friends as a result of this kind of nerd magnetism, even though at first they didn’t even realize it.
“We were friends for eleven years and we had no clue that we were both geeks. Then at some point Keith and I discovered that we had similar interests, and that was that we were both nerds,” Jason says with a little laugh. “And I said that I itching to do a podcast. I love doing radio.”
Jason had experience in radio while doing some work for AFN during his public affairs days. He said it was this experience that created a passion for entertaining people on the airwaves. He asked his friend and fellow Air Force veteran Keith to join him in in creating a show about science fiction. One that ended up being aptly named “The Science Fiction Show”.
Jason invited his friend (and also fellow Air Force veteran) Michael to join the ranks of this burgeoning nerdfest. Before they knew it, the show went from a concept to a weekly podcast. The three geek veterans discuss everything science fiction, and according to Jason, The Science Fiction Show has been downloaded more than 12,000 times since May 2011.
And normally this would be the part where I’d say “the rest is history”. However, in this case, the story of what I’m calling the veteran SciFi triforce was just beginning.