Actually, I don’t know whether or not Justin Bieber has an advance copy of Galaxy Games: The Challengers, but how else can you explain what we all saw on the Grammy Awards ceremony this weekend?
At one point in my book, a young girl with a questionable hairstyle is plucked from obscurity and thrust into the international spotlight. On stage, in front of a huge crowd of adoring fans, she is suddenly attacked by ninjas!
In real life, a young boy with a questionable hairstyle has been plucked from obscurity and thrust into the international spotlight. On stage, in front of a huge crowd of adoring fans, he was suddenly attacked by ninjas!
The difference is that Tomoko Tomizawa has judo skills sufficient to defeat her attackers. Lacking that, Justin Bieber had to dodge the ninjas using only slick dance moves and pyrotechnics until Usher could come to his defense. A well-choreographed duet with Usher apparently has ninja-repelling effects–who knew?
But Justin, using Galaxy Games: The Challengers as his guidebook, knew that Usher wouldn’t be able to close the deal. For that he’d need a young martial arts champion on his side to scare his attackers away for good. And Tomoko, being fictional, was unavailable.
Enter Jaden Smith, a.k.a. “The Karate Kid.” Jaden’s father played Muhammad Ali in one movie and has been known to punch zombies, aliens, and robots right in the face in others. The ninjas took one look at Jaden and said, “It’s Fresh Prince Junior! And he’s been trained by Jackie Chan! Let’s get out of here!”
And speaking of punching aliens right in the face, why couldn’t Wil Smith do anything to stop Lady Gaga from emerging from her glowing green pod? Just sayin’.
Later in my book, Tomoko Tomizawa loses a Best New Artist award to Esperanza Spalding. It’s almost like she and Justin Bieber are the same person!
What Grammy moment do you think could have been taken from a speculative fiction novel?
—Greg R. Fishbone, Gramtastic