This week, Commander Rick takes a look at how Science Fiction writers have used games and the people who play them to add more dimensions to their stories. He interviews authors Poul Anderson ("The Immortal Game"), Greg Bear (Anvil of Stars) and John Brunner (The Squares of the City), who all discuss their use of chess as a metaphor. Kristine Kathryn Rusch (a.k.a. Sandy Schofield) (co-author of the Deep Space Nine novel, The Big Game) talks about the importance of poker in the Star Trek universe. Also interviewed are: Iain M. Banks (The Player of Games), David Brin (Glory Season), Nancy Kress ("Touchdown"), Terry Pratchett (Small Gods) and cartoonist Lynda Barry (Come Over, Come Over). As well, Commander Rick examines the role-playing game phenomenon with the help of authors Sean Stewart (Nobody's Son) and Steven Barnes (co-author, Dream Park), David Pringle, editor, Games Workshop Books and Pierre Savoie, of the Committee for the Advancement of Role-Playing Games.