Nerds Unlimited

The title has nothing to do with the story, yet it does.  It has more to do with the reader of it, maybe even the author.  We’ll see.

I dedicate this story to Sandra Crook, a dear friend and most wonderful author of our Friday Fictioneers group.  She will get it, even though she is not a nerd.  Love ya, Sandra!

Rochelle is the boss lady.  BUY HER NOVELS!!!!  They’re AWESOME!

The picture is from Emily L. Gant.  Thank-you, Emily, for this fine picture.

Let’s just jump right in.



They always traveled together, so Steve felt it was the time to make the play.  He turned his chair, looked her in the face.

“Listen, we’ve been doing this for a long time now and I just want you to know I’m very fond of you.”  The rest of the speech seemed to work, until he started to sing the most “romantic” song he could think of.

“My heart would be a fireball, a fireball if you would be my Venus of the sta-a-ars.”

Venus stared at him with disdain.  “Forget it, Zodiac.  I have a pulled neck string.”


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23 Responses to Nerds Unlimited

  1. Sometimes singing is a very bad idea. I’m assuming this is an inside joke?

    • wmqcolby says:

      Thanks for reading, Alicia! I didn’t publish any links, but look up Fireball XL5. You’ll get it. Like the title of my story implies, right? 😉

  2. plaridel says:

    the trick isn’t to give up. maybe she’d fall for flowers. 🙂

  3. Amy Reese says:

    Ha! I watched the video of the Fireball XL5. That was a kick. The beginning was a little James Bond-like. Oh, that Steve Zodiac is cool, man. Fun story, Kent.

  4. draliman says:

    Well, it’s probably for the best. Don’t want to get their strings all tangled up! You realise I’m going to have “Fireball XL5” going round in my head all day now… 🙂

    • wmqcolby says:

      Hahaha! And you think I DON’T? Woke up to it this morning. It is a catchy tune regardless. I never grew up on it, though, since it was a British show and I doubt there was much of a market for it in my area. Too bad. It would have been WAY cool as a kid.

  5. To quote a nerdish cousin, “hahahahahhhahahahahahahahahahahahahhahhah!!!!!!!!!!” Glad to see you back on the flying cycle.

  6. rgayer55 says:

    Enjoyed the video, Kent. I can’t remember if this came on one of the three channels we got in the 60s or not. It did seem faintly familiar. That Venus was a hottie.I like the professor too.

    • wmqcolby says:

      I didn’t know about this until I was in high school or junior high. We never had it played. WOULD that we would have had Youtube then. Yeah, Venus was a looker. She was carved VERY well. Thanks for reading, Russell!

  7. the title. It seems to fit.

  8. Sandra says:

    I was more a “Thunderbirds Are Go” type of nerd, Kent. Thank you for the dedication. I’ve never had a story dedicated to me before … oh wait… there was Pollyanna… It’s nice that you’re back. 🙂

    • wmqcolby says:

      You really do inspire us a lot, Sandra, whether you’re aware of it or not. You stayed with the blog when Rochelle took it over and have been producing consistently high-quality stories. You’re really quite well-respected by us.

      I have yet to see Thunderbirds. They are on Youtube somewhere. I have known of the existence of the Gerry and Sylvia Anderson puppet shows since the 70’s when Space: 1999 was on here in America. “Supermarionation.” Wonderful! There was something kind of “cool” about the 60’s.

  9. Ha.. Had to read the comments to get it… Nerdy to me would probably be proposing in Klingon

    • wmqcolby says:

      My first draft, Bjorn, was to have the guy take his girl through a comic book/ sci-fi convention and say he was nervous as a Klingon with a tribble in his hand. 😀

  10. Lynda says:

    Loved this show as a child and really enjoyed the reference in your story. Thanks for a well penned trip down memory lane.

  11. wmqcolby says:

    You are MOST welcome, Linda. I never saw the show until it became available in various ways many years later. It sure looked cool! My American childhood could have been made even better, you know? And thanks for reading. 🙂

  12. Jan Brown says:

    I had to google it! Read the wikipedia entry and listened to the goofy theme song on youtube. The bit about the pulled neck string is hysterical. Well done!

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