Ever since the ancient Greek writers threw Theseus and a Minotaur together in King Minos’ labyrinth, storytelling and mazes have gone hand in hand. And while literal examples abound, like the hedge mazes in Alice in Wonderland and The Shining, there are also more figurative examples, like the complex hallways of the Death Star or the impossible to escape woods of Hansel and Gretel.
The maze is a trope that is at the foundation of fantasy and sci-fi and is central to the archetypal hero’s journey.
Our authors this week were challenged to write a story in which a maze, or labyrinth, or wildly confusing landscape, is central to their tale.
Who will find their breadcrumbs eaten by crows and who will reach the Millennium Falcon?
Let’s find out.
The Winding War has begun!
We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.
And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).