This week, Commander Rick looks at the continuing influence of J.R.R. Tolkien and his trilogy, The Lord Of The Rings. Commander Rick talks with comic book creators Mike Ploog (artist, Weirdworld), Walt Simonson (writer/artist, Thor) and Charles Vess (artist, Books Of Magic - issue 3). From the speculative fiction world, Commander Rick talks with Guy Gavriel Kay, who, with Tolkien's son Christopher, completed Tolkien's last manuscript, The Silmarillion, Diana L. Paxson (The Wolf and the Raven), Sean Stewart (Nobody's Son), Martin H. Greenberg, editor of the Tolkien tribute anthology, After The King, as well as After The King contributors Charles de Lint ("The Conjure Man") and Terry Pratchett ("Troll Bridge"). Also, writers Suzy McKee Charnas (The Kingdom of Kevin Malone), Carole Nelson Douglas (Counter-Probe), and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Better In The Dark) discuss the fact that The Lord Of The Rings is far from perfect.