Prisoners of Gravity

Season 5 Episode 14


Aired Monday 7:30 PM Jan 26, 1994 on TVO

Episode Recap

Commander Rick examines how gay and lesbian characters are portrayed in comics and speculative fiction. John Byrne discusses why he included a gay superhero (Northstar) when he created the Alpha Flight team for Marvel Comics. Roberta Gregory, the first openly lesbian comics creator talks about her comic book series, Naughty Bits. From the world of speculative fiction, Commander Rick talks with Samuel R. Delany (Dhalgren), Greg Bear (Tangents) and two recipients of the Lambda Award (presented for excellence in the portrayal of gay characters) Jewelle Gomez (The Gilda Stories) and Maureen F. McHugh (China Mountain Zhang). Also, the members of Control send in reports from their video footage which they gather on behalf of Commander Rick at science fiction conventions around the world in interviews with authors Frank M. Robinson (Lambda Award winner for The Dark Beyond The Stars), Melissa Scott (Lambda Award finalist for Dreamships), Jane Yolen (Briar Rose) and Ellen Kushner (Swordspoint).