Prisoners of Gravity - Season 5

TVO (ended 1994)




Episode Guide

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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