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114 :05x01 - Life In Space

Oct/06/1993
Commander Rick looks at the challenges, dangers and benefits of living in space according to science and speculative fiction authors. He also talks with some people who've been there: Nichelle Nichols talks about her work with recruiting for NASA, and Dr. Roberta Bondar talks about the medical problems of weightlessness.
Guest Stars: Spider Robinson as Himself | Nichelle Nichols as Herself | Bruce Sterling as Himself | Ben Bova as Himself | Michael Swanwick as Himself | Jeanne Robinson as Herself | Frederik Pohl as Himself | Geoffrey A. Landis as Himself | Michael Skeet as Himself | C.J. Cherryh as Herself | Roberta Bondar as Herself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

115 :05x02 - Quest

Oct/13/1993
This week, Commander Rick looks at the mythic quest, and discusses with his guests why this type of story has been so enduring and popular.
Guest Stars: Neil Gaiman as Himself | Charles De Lint as Himself | Connie Willis as Herself | Michael Moorcock as Himself | Robert Silverberg as Himself | Clive Barker as Himself | Greg Bear as Himself | Lucius Shepard as Himself | Geoff Ryman as Himself | Sean Stewart as Himself | Jack Kirby as Himself | Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff as Herself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

116 :05x03 - The Sandman

Oct/20/1993
The comic book series that changed the face of comic book readers is the subject of Commander Rick's discussions this week. He talks about The Sandman with the author, Neil Gaiman, as well as cover and interior artists; Harlan Ellison also gives a tribute to the comic book.
Guest Stars: Neil Gaiman as Himself | Harlan Ellison as Himself | Dave McKean as Himself | Charles Vess as Himself | Karen Berger as Herself | P. Craig Russell as Himself | Jill Thompson as Herself | Mike Dringenberg as Himself | Kelley Jones (1) as Himself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

117 :05x04 - The Devil

Oct/27/1993
Commander Rick examines how the devil has been presented in comics, speculative and science fiction as well as horror novels in his interview with guests.
Guest Stars: Neil Gaiman as Himself | James Morrow as Himself | Stan Lee as Himself | Clive Barker as Himself | Harlan Ellison as Himself | Greg Bear as Himself | Garth Ennis as Himself | Parke Godwin as Himself | Jim Woodring as Himself | Kim Antieau as Herself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

118 :05x05 - Games

Nov/03/1993
This week Commander Rick takes a look at the games people play, and how they've played a part in science fiction, including the use of chess as a metaphor; the playing of poker in Star Trek; and role-playing games that the fans play.
Guest Stars: Terry Pratchett as Himself | Nancy Kress as Herself | Greg Bear as Himself | David Brin as Himself | Steven Barnes as Himself | Poul Anderson as Himself | John Brunner as Himself | Sean Stewart as Himself | Lynda Barry as Herself | Kristine Kathryn Rusch as Herself | Iain M. Banks as Himself | David Pringle as Himself | Pierre Savoie as Himself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

119 :05x06 - Writers' Workshops/Clarion

Nov/10/1993
Commander Rick talks with six instructors and four graduates of Clarion, the most well-known workshop for writers in the science ficiton and fantasy fields.
Guest Stars: Harlan Ellison as Himself | Connie Willis as Herself | Geoff Ryman as Himself | Damon Knight as Himself | Kate Wilhelm as Herself | Kristine Kathryn Rusch as Herself | Kim Antieau as Herself | William F. Wu as Himself | James Alan Gardner (1) as Himself | Nina Kiriki Hoffman as Herself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

120 :05x07 - Tolkien

Nov/24/1993
Commander Rick looks at the influence that J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy, The Lord Of The Rings has had, and continues to have, on comics, science fiction and speculative fiction.
Guest Stars: Charles De Lint as Himself | Guy Gavriel Kay as Himself | Terry Pratchett as Himself | Charles Vess as Himself | Walt Simonson as Himself | Sean Stewart as Himself | Mike Ploog as Himself | Diana L. Paxson as Herself | Martin H. Greenberg as Himself | Suzy McKee Charnas as Herself | Carole Nelson Douglas as Herself | Chelsea Quinn Yarbro as Herself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

121 :05x08 - Medicine & Nanotechnology

Dec/01/1993
Commander Rick examines the future of medicine in discussions with science fiction and fact authors, and also talks about nanotechnology.
Guest Stars: Nancy Kress as Herself | Greg Bear as Himself | Frederik Pohl as Himself | Michael Skeet as Himself | Steven Barnes as Himself | Dave Smeds as Himself | John Clute as Himself | Joel Davis as Himself | Tony Daniel (1) as Himself | Ian McDonald (1) as Himself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

122 :05x09 - Memory

Dec/08/1993
Commander Rick wonders about the role of memory in speculative fiction and comic books, asking the question of guests, "how much of who we are is the result of memory?" He also looks at how childhood memories help authors create the stories that they do.
Guest Stars: Neil Gaiman as Himself | Harlan Ellison as Himself | Michael Moorcock as Himself | Brian Aldiss as Himself | William Gibson as Himself | Dave McKean as Himself | Iain M. Banks as Himself | Harry Harrison as Himself | Lynda Barry as Herself | Edward Bryant (1) as Himself | Howard V. Hendrix as Himself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

123 :05x10 - Amnesia/Total Recall

Dec/15/1993
Last week, Commander Rick talked about memory; this week, it's amnesia that is up for discussion with film makers and authors. He also discusses the idea of photographic, or eidetic memory with his guests.
Guest Stars: David Cronenberg as Himself | Ray Bradbury as Himself | Terry Pratchett as Himself | Nancy Kress as Herself | Samuel R. Delany as Himself | C.J. Cherryh as Herself | Harry Harrison as Himself | Kim Antieau as Herself | Walter Jon Williams as Himself | Pat Cadigan as Herself | Megan Lindholm as Herself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

124 :05x11 - Alter Ego

Dec/22/1993
This week, Commander Rick takes a look at the man (or woman) behind the mask, and examines the comic book tradition of the Alter Ego with his guests.
Guest Stars: Bob Kane as Himself | Stan Lee as Himself | Jack Kirby as Himself | Dave Gibbons (1) as Himself | Frank Miller as Himself | Ty Templeton as Himself | Neal Adams (1) as Himself | Alan Grant as Himself | Julius Schwartz as Himself | Scott McCloud as Himself | Howard Chaykin as Himself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

125 :05x12 - Post-Apocalypse

Jan/12/1994
This week, Commander Rick examines the end of the world, and the fascination that science fiction writers and readers seem to have with it, as well as the post-apocalypse survivors who inhabit novels and comic books.
Guest Stars: Connie Willis as Herself | James Morrow as Himself | David Brin as Himself | Martin H. Greenberg as Himself | Suzy McKee Charnas as Herself | Howard V. Hendrix as Himself | Pat Murphy (1) as Herself | P.D. James as Herself | Roger Zelazny as Himself | Robert Sheckley as Himself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

126 :05x13 - Telepathy

Jan/19/1994
This week, Commander Rick looks into telepathy, and discusses some famous characters, such as Deanna Troi of Star Trek: The Next Generation, who have it and use it in science and speculative fiction.
Guest Stars: Harlan Ellison as Himself | Spider Robinson as Himself | Robert Silverberg as Himself | Peter David as Himself | Howard V. Hendrix as Himself | Dan Simmons as Himself | Karen Haber as Herself | Larry Niven as Himself | Marion Zimmer Bradley as Herself | Nick Bantock as Himself | Frank M. Robinson as Himself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

127 :05x14 - Homosexuality

Jan/26/1994
Commander Rick discusses the way that gay and lesbian characters are portrayed in comics and speculative fiction with his guests. Included is a discussion with winners and nominees of the Lambda Awards, which are presented for excellence in the portrayal of gay characters.
Guest Stars: Jane Yolen as Herself | Samuel R. Delany as Himself | Greg Bear as Himself | Jewelle Gomez as Herself | John Byrne as Himself | Frank M. Robinson as Himself | Roberta Gregory as Herself | Maureen F. McHugh as Herself | Melissa Scott as Herself | Ellen Kushner as Herself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

128 :05x15 - Jack Kirby

Feb/16/1994
This is a repeat of the season 4 episode paying tribute to Jack Kirby, in honour of his death on February 6th, 1994.

This week, Commander Rick pays tribute to Jack Kirby, whose art style changed the comic book world with Captain America in the early 1940s. With Stan Lee in the 1960s, Kirby also created The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, and Thor; these characters now form the basis of the Marvel Universe. Jack Kirby is praised and remembered by Commander Rick and his guests.
Guest Stars: Charles De Lint as Himself | Samuel R. Delany as Himself | Will Eisner as Himself | Kevin Eastman as Himself | Dave Gibbons (1) as Himself | Walt Simonson as Himself | Max Allan Collins as Himself | Len Wein as Himself | Scott McCloud as Himself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

129 :05x16 - Monsters

Feb/23/1994
This week, Commander Rick examines the question: why are we so captivated by monsters? He tries to answer this question in his discussions with guests from the comic book, science fiction and horror worlds.
Guest Stars: Peter Straub as Himself | Clive Barker as Himself | Stan Lee as Himself | Brian Aldiss as Himself | Frank Miller as Himself | Mike Mignola as Himself | Steve Bissette as Himself | Robert Sheckley as Himself | Len Wein as Himself | Melanie Tem as Herself | Jamie Delano as Himself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

130 :05x17 - Virtual Reality

Mar/02/1994
Commander Rick delves into the world of virtual reality this week, and discusses this topic with his guests from the science fiction and speculative fiction worlds, as well as non-fiction writers.
Guest Stars: Greg Bear as Himself | Larry Niven as Himself | Douglas Adams as Himself | William Gibson as Himself | James Patrick Kelly as Himself | Steven Barnes as Himself | Bill McKibben as Himself | Neal Stephenson as Himself | Donald A. Norman as Himself | Jaron Lanier as Himself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

131 :05x18 - Fairy Tales

Mar/09/1994
Commander Rick takes a look at fairy tales, and the authors who tell and retell them; he discusses the stock characters and themes with his guests.
Guest Stars: Neil Gaiman as Himself | Nancy Kress as Herself | Clive Barker as Himself | Anne Rice as Herself | Peter Straub as Himself | Jane Yolen as Herself | Charles Vess as Himself | Chelsea Quinn Yarbro as Herself | Terri Windling as Herself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

132 :05x19 - Vampires

Mar/16/1994
This week Commander Rick examines the popularity of the vampire legend, and the women who are behind the resurgence of this genre.
Guest Stars: Anne Rice as Herself | Tanya Huff as Herself | Suzy McKee Charnas as Herself | Chelsea Quinn Yarbro as Herself | Nancy A. Collins as Herself | Jewelle Gomez as Herself | Poppy Z. Brite as Herself | Nancy Baker (1) as Herself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

133 :05x20 - Vietnam

Mar/23/1994
Commander Rick discovers that even twenty years after the United States pulled out of the Vietnam War, the topic is still a hot one for comics and speculative fiction; he discusses this with his guests.
Guest Stars: Peter Straub as Himself | Joe Haldeman as Himself | Lois McMaster Bujold as Herself | George Pratt as Himself | Archie Goodwin as Himself | Lucius Shepard as Himself | Dave Smeds as Himself | Carol Severance as Herself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

134 :05x21 - Aliens

Mar/30/1994
Commander Rick wonders what a Martian would really look like, and what sort of creatures we'd meet on Medea; he discusses the creation of alien races with science fiction authors and people who design creatures for movies.
Guest Stars: Robert J. Sawyer as Himself | Nancy Kress as Herself | Greg Bear as Himself | George R. Martin as Himself | Larry Niven as Himself | Kelley Jones (1) as Himself | Poul Anderson as Himself | William Stout as Himself | Hal Clement as Himself | Kevin O'Donnell as Himself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

135 :05x22 - Sexism & Feminism

Apr/06/1994
This week, Commander Rick takes a look at how women are portrayed in science fiction and comics; this portrayal hasn't always been a positive one, but some authors are trying to change the situation. He also gets the low-down on the Barbie Liberation Organization.
Guest Stars: Samuel R. Delany as Himself | David Brin as Himself | Trina Robbins as Herself | Jill Thompson as Herself | Suzy McKee Charnas as Herself | Chelsea Quinn Yarbro as Herself | Martha Soukup as Herself | Pat Murphy (1) as Herself | Andre Norton as Herself | Lisa Tuttle as Herself | Colleen Doran as Herself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

136 :05x23 - Comic Book Layout

Apr/13/1994
This week, Commander Rick examines the art of crafting a comic book, and talks to some of the foremost people in the genre.
Guest Stars: Stan Lee as Himself | Will Eisner as Himself | Dave Gibbons (1) as Himself | Alan Moore (1) as Himself | Frank Miller as Himself | Denys Cowan as Himself | Mike Ploog as Himself | Howard Chaykin as Himself | Scott McCloud as Himself | Joe Kubert as Himself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

137 :05x24 - The Brain & Artificial Intelligence

Apr/20/1994
Commander Rick considers the workings of the human brain, and takes a look at the new frontiers of computer intelligence. He discusses these topics with his guests from the science fiction, non-fiction and computer programming fields.
Guest Stars: Jack Williamson as Himself | Robert J. Sawyer as Himself | Greg Bear as Himself | Timothy Leary as Himself | Frederik Pohl as Himself | Harry Harrison as Himself | John Brunner as Himself | Vernor Vinge as Himself | Roger Zelazny as Himself | Marvin Minsky as Himself | Donald A. Norman as Himself | Jerry Oltion as Himself | Amy Thomson as Herself | Howard Rheingold as Himself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck

138 :05x25 - Evolution

Apr/27/1994
Commander Rick looks at the question of where we go from here, and discusses that with science fiction and non-fiction authors.
Guest Stars: Robert J. Sawyer as Himself | Connie Willis as Herself | Douglas Adams as Himself | Bruce Sterling as Himself | Michael Swanwick as Himself | John Brunner as Himself | Joel Davis as Himself | Walter Jon Williams as Himself | Dr. Richard Leakey as Himself
Director: Greg Thurlbeck
Warning: Prisoners of Gravity guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Talk Shows
Genre: Interview | Literature | Sci-Fi
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: TVOntario ( Canada)
Airs: Mondays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: January, 1989
Ended: April, 1994
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