Prisoners of Gravity

TVO (ended 1994)




Episode Guide

  • Season 5
    • Evolution
      Episode 25
      This week, Commander Rick asks the question, "Where do we go from here?" with respect to evolution. To help him answer this question, Commander Rick talks with guests, science fiction authors: Connie Willis, Douglas Adams, Michael Swanwick, John Brunner, Bruce Sterling, Walter Jon Williams, Robert J. Sawyer, Dr. Richard Leakey, and Joel Davis.moreless
    • The Brain & Artificial Intelligence
      This week, Commander Rick thinks about thinking, and examines how the human brain works, and then looks into computer intelligence, and discusses this with guests: Timothy Leary, Marvin Minsky, Greg Bear, Vernor Vinge, Frederik Pohl, Harry Harrison, Jack Williamson, Jerry Oltion, John Brunner, Amy Thomson, Roger Zelazny, Robert J. Sawyer, Howard Rheingold, and Donald A. Norman.moreless
    • Comic Book Layout
      Comic Book Layout
      Episode 23
      This week, Commander Rick takes a look at how comics are crafted and speaks to some of the foremost people in the genre. Guests are: Stan Lee, Will Eisner, Mike Ploog, Joe Kubert, Scott McCloud, Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, Howard Chaykin, Denys Cowan, and Frank Miller.
    • Sexism & Feminism
      Sexism & Feminism
      Episode 22
      This week, Commander Rick speaks with the creators of various female characters in both Science Fiction and comic books. Female characters have been criticized for their portrayal, however some creators are trying to change this. Commander Rick speaks with guests: Trina Robbins, Colleen Doran, Jill Thompson, Andre Norton, Lisa Tuttle, Martha Soukup, Pat Murphy, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, David Brin, Samuel R. Delany, and Suzy McKee Charnas.moreless
    • Aliens
      Episode 21
      This week, Commander Rick wonders what a Martian really looks like, and what sort of creature we'd meet on fictional planets such as the planet Medea? Commander Rick talks about this with guests Nancy Kress, George R.R. Martin, Robert J. Sawyer, Greg Bear, Poul Anderson, Hal Clement, William Stout, Kelley Jones, Steve Perry, Kevin O'Donnell, Jr., and Larry Niven.moreless
    • Vietnam
      Episode 20
      This week, Commander Rick examines the influence that Vietnam has had on comics and science fiction, which continues even twenty years after the United States pulled out of Vietnam. Commander Rick talks with guests Archie Goodwin, George Pratt, Peter Straub, Lois McMaster Bujold, Carol Severance, Lucius Shepard, Dave Smeds, and Joe Haldeman.moreless
    • Vampires
      Episode 19
      This week Commander Rick talks to the women who have resurrected the vampire legend. He talks to Anne Rice, Poppy Z. Brite, Nancy Collins, Nancy Baker, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Suzy McKee Charnas, Jewelle Gomez, and Tanya Huff.
    • Fairy Tales
      Fairy Tales
      Episode 18
      This week, Commander Rick enters the wonderful world of fairy tales. With the help of NanCy, his computer, Commander Rick learns all about these stories in interviews with guests Charles Vess, Clive Barker, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Peter Straub, Anne Rice, Jane Yolen, Nancy Kress, Neil Gaiman, Terri Windling.
    • Virtual Reality
      Virtual Reality
      Episode 17
      This week, Commander Rick examines the concept of virtual reality, and checks in with guests Larry Niven, Steven Barnes, Douglas Adams, Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, Greg Bear, James Patrick Kelly, Donald A. Norman, Bill McKibben, and Jaron Lanier.
    • Monsters
      Episode 16
      This week, Commander Rick looks at the question of why we're so intrigued by monsters. He tries to answer this in conversation with guests, noted monster creators: Clive Barker, Peter Straub, Melanie Tem, Brian Aldiss, Robert Sheckley, Mike Mignola, Steve Bissette, Jamie Delano, Len Wein, Stan Lee, and Frank Miller.
    • Jack Kirby
      Jack Kirby
      Episode 15
      **Note: This week's episode of Prisoners of Gravity repeats last season's tribute to Jack Kirby in honour of his death on Feb. 5th, 1994.** This week, Commander Rick pays tribute to Jack Kirby in interviews with guests Will Eisner, Walt Simonson, Scott McCloud, Max Allan Collins, Kevin Eastman, Len Wein, Dave Gibbons, Charles De Lint, and Samuel R. Delany.moreless
    • Homosexuality
      Episode 14
      Commander Rick examines the how gay and lesbian characters are portrayed in comics and speculative fiction. John Byrne, Roberta Gregory, Samuel R. Delany, Greg Bear, Jewelle Gomez, Maureen F. McHugh, Frank M. Robinson, Melissa Scott, Jane Yolen, and Ellen Kushner.
    • Telepathy
      Episode 13
      Commander Rick looks at telepathy in science fiction, and speculative fiction, and discusses this with guests: Nick Bantock, Frank M. Robinson, Dan Simmons, Larry Niven, Karen Haber, Robert Silverberg, Harlan Ellison, Howard V. Hendrix, Spider Robinson, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Peter David.
    • Post-Apocalypse
      Episode 12
      This week, Commander Rick investigates science fiction's undying interest in the Post-Apocalypse story. David Brin, Roger Zelazny, Suzy McKee Charnas, Howard V. Hendrix, James Morrow, P.D. James, Pat Murphy, Connie Willis, Martin H. Greenberg, Robert Sheckley.
    • Alter Ego
      Alter Ego
      Episode 11
      This week, Commander Rick examines the traditional comic book device of alter ego, asking: Who is the man behind the mask? He discusses this with guests Bob Kane, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Julius Schwartz, Neal Adams, Ty Templeton, Steve Perry, Frank Miller, Alan Grant, Scott McCloud, Dave Gibbons, Howard Chaykin.
    • Amnesia/Total Recall
      This week Commander Rick continues to explore the theme of memory, this week looking at amnesia with guests David Cronenberg, Walter Jon Williams, C.J. Cherryh, Harry Harrison, Pat Cadigan, Nancy Kress, Kim Antieau, Samuel R. Delany, Ray Bradbury, Megan Lindholm, and Terry Pratchett.
    • Memory
      Episode 9
      How much of does memory shape who we are? This week, Commander Rick looks at the role of memory in speculative fiction and comic books this week with the help of guests Brian W. Aldiss, Edward Bryant, Harlan Ellison, Iain M. Banks, Harry Harrison, Howard V. Hendrix, and William Gibson, Lynda Barry, Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean, and Michael Moorcock.moreless
    • Medicine & Nanotechnology
      Commander Rick, feeling a little under the weather this week, examines the future of medicine with guests Frederik Pohl, Nancy Kress, Joel Davis, Steven Barnes, Tony Daniel, Ian McDonald, Michael Skeet, Dave Smeds, John Clute, and Greg Bear.
    • Tolkien
      Episode 7
      This week, Commander Rick looks at the continuing influence of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy, The Lord Of The Rings, and discusses this with guests Mike Ploog, Walt Simonson, Charles Vess, Guy Gavriel Kay, Diana L. Paxson, Sean Stewart, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles de Lint, Terry Pratchett, Suzy McKee Charnas, Carole Nelson Douglas, and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.moreless
    • Writers' Workshops/Clarion
      This week, Commander Rick takes a look at writers' workshops, focussing on Clarion, in interviews with instructors and graduates, including Damon Knight, Kate Wilhelm, Harlan Ellison, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Geoff Ryman, Connie Willis, Kim Antieau, James Alan Gardner, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, and William F. Wu.
    • Games
      Episode 5
      This week, Commander Rick examines how Science Fiction authors have used the games people play to add more dimensions to their stories. Guests are Poul Anderson, Greg Bear, John Brunner, Kristine Kathryn Rusch (a.k.a. Sandy Schofield), Iain M. Banks, David Brin, Nancy Kress, Terry Pratchett, Lynda Barry, Sean Stewart, Steven Barnes, David Pringle, and Pierre Savoie.moreless
    • The Devil
      The Devil
      Episode 4
      To celebrate Halloween, Commander Rick presents a devilishly scary show about the Prince of Darkness and his appearances in comics, speculative fiction and horror. With guests Stan Lee, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, Jim Woodring, Clive Barker, Kim Antieau, Harlan Ellison, James Morrow, Greg Bear, and Parke Godwin.
    • The Sandman
      The Sandman
      Episode 3
      This week Commander Rick profiles the comic book series that everyone is reading: The Sandman. Featuring interviews with guests Neil Gaiman, Karen Berger, Dave McKean, Charles Vess, P. Craig Russell, Jill Thompson, Mike Dringenberg, Kelley Jones, and Harlan Ellison.
    • Quest
      Episode 2
      This week, Commander Rick looks at the mythic quest, and discusses why this kind of story has been so popular throughout the ages with his guests Robert Silverberg, Michael Moorcock, Clive Barker, Charles de Lint, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Sean Stewart, Lucius Shepard), Greg Bear, Connie Willis, Geoff Ryman, Jack Kirby, and Neil Gaiman.moreless
    • Life In Space
      Life In Space
      Episode 1
      In this week's episode of Prisoners of Gravity, Commander Rick takes a look at what it's like not to be a prisoner of gravity, discussing life in space with guests Geoffrey A. Landis, Michael Skeet, Frederik Pohl, Ben Bova, Spider and Jeanne Robinson, C.J. Cherryh, Bruce Sterling, Michael Swanwick, Nichelle Nichols, and Dr. Roberta Bondar.moreless
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