My Writing – Border Run

Border Run is the story of a once-great space pilot, over-promoted into uselessness and stationed at the far edges of known space.

Length: 3 pages

Genre: Science Fiction

Creation/Publication: 1994

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The story was loosely inspired by the PC game Wing Commander – which had a profound effect upon my youth. At the time I had only seen science fiction movies and read only a handful of books within the genre – so my ideas were fairly small. I decided to try putting pen to paper in this genre.

Stay on target…Stay on target!

Chris Roberts, creator of the entire series, wrote and directed the movie Wing Commander – which departed greatly from his established mythos. Curious as he was owner/writer/director for the property. It was a good popcorn flic – but could have been so much more. What was also interesting was the fact that the 3rd/4th/5th game installments revolutionized the full-motion video “movie-as-videogame” experience. They featured popular real life actors like Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, John Rhys-Davies, and Thomas F Wilson to name just a few.

They all look so young!

EA (after acquiring Origin) eventually released an XBOX game called Wing Commander: Arena which had almost nothing to do with the broader universe but was fun to see some favorite elements on the tv screen. It was nowhere near as revolutionary as experiencing the PC game intro for Wing Commander 2 – Vengance of the Kilrathi for the first time. It was one of the first games to introduce fully-spoken voice within a game. The introduction is still impressive after all these years – check it out!

The story can be read here: Border Run

If you’re interested in additional stories, check out the My Writing section for more reading options!

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A few items to note when reading these stories:

  • Please enjoy them and feel free to let me know your thoughts. A writer always appreciates feedback when attempting to grow their craft.
  • Many of them remain unedited since their original creation date and contain misspellings, improper grammar and made up words. These are in here for flavor and as a time stamp to reflect my age when they were created.
  • Over time, I hope to include “Directors Commentary” in all of my stories. Hopefully this adds some flavor and context for the creative process and my thinking as these stories were created.
  • These are being shared for the benefit of the community and ask for respect to all who read, share, and comment on the material within.
  • All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without express written permission. Contact skillpointstation@gmail.com if interested.
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2 thoughts on “My Writing – Border Run

  1. CJ says:

    I loved Wing Commander! I still remember going to the computer store and buying the speech pack then spending 10 hours configuring my Sound Blaster to get the Fing thing to work. TheI owned all the games and wish I had kept them. Oh well, there’s always Ebay.

    • skillpointstation says:

      I remember doing that and being floored. I saw the game at a gaming convention here in Chicago as a kid (with my dad). We were both floored and he isn’t a gamer. I have all of them ready to play but just haven’t installed and played them anytime recently. I was impressed with the storytelling arc over all those games and how they kept reinventing themselves.

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