For many readers, 'tis the season to be press-ganged into dull holiday functions. Why not spice your boring social obligations up with some deathsports? Here are five deadly competitions from scifi that don't require lightsabers or battlebots.
Nothing jazzes up holiday festivities like mortal combat. A holiday deathsport is like an emotional colonic — everyone's happy to slough off the veneer of seasonal goodwill and let their inner Master Blaster loose. Also, spectators can get in on the fun and wager Quatloos on the side. And luckily for us, science fiction is teeming with family-friendly death duels that don't require futuristic technology. In order of savagery, here are five of the finest martial competitions custom-made for Christmas, Hanukkah, or Life Day.