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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 | Roberta Bondar as Herself | C.J. Cherryh as Herself | Michael Skeet as Himself | Geoffrey A. Landis as Himself | Frederik Pohl as Himself | Jeanne Robinson as Herself | Michael Swanwick as Himself | Ben Bova as Himself | Bruce Sterling as Himself | Nichelle Nichols 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: Lucius Shepard as Himself | Geoff Ryman as Himself | Sean Stewart as Himself | Jack Kirby as Himself | Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff as Herself | Greg Bear as Himself | Clive Barker as Himself | Neil Gaiman as Himself | Charles De Lint as Himself | Connie Willis as Herself | Michael Moorcock as Himself | Robert Silverberg as Himself
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: Kelley Jones (1) as Himself | Mike Dringenberg as Himself | Jill Thompson as Herself | P. Craig Russell as Himself | Karen Berger as Herself | Charles Vess as Himself | Dave McKean as Himself | Harlan Ellison as Himself | Neil Gaiman 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: Kim Antieau as Herself | Jim Woodring as Himself | Parke Godwin as Himself | Garth Ennis as Himself | Greg Bear as Himself | Harlan Ellison as Himself | Clive Barker as Himself | Stan Lee as Himself | James Morrow as Himself | Neil Gaiman as Himself
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: Lynda Barry as Herself | Kristine Kathryn Rusch as Herself | Iain M. Banks as Himself | David Pringle as Himself | Pierre Savoie as Himself | Sean Stewart as Himself | John Brunner as Himself | Poul Anderson as Himself | Terry Pratchett as Himself | Nancy Kress as Herself | Greg Bear as Himself | David Brin as Himself | Steven Barnes 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: Nina Kiriki Hoffman as Herself | James Alan Gardner (1) as Himself | William F. Wu as Himself | Kim Antieau as Herself | Kristine Kathryn Rusch as Herself | Kate Wilhelm as Herself | Damon Knight as Himself | Geoff Ryman as Himself | Connie Willis as Herself | Harlan Ellison as Himself
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: 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 | Mike Ploog as Himself | Sean Stewart as Himself | Charles De Lint as Himself | Guy Gavriel Kay as Himself | Terry Pratchett as Himself | Charles Vess as Himself | Walt Simonson as Himself
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: Ian McDonald (1) as Himself | Tony Daniel (1) as Himself | Joel Davis as Himself | John Clute as Himself | Dave Smeds as Himself | Steven Barnes as Himself | Michael Skeet as Himself | Frederik Pohl as Himself | Greg Bear as Himself | Nancy Kress as Herself
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: Harry Harrison as Himself | Lynda Barry as Herself | Edward Bryant (1) as Himself | Howard V. Hendrix as Himself | Iain M. Banks as Himself | Dave McKean as Himself | William Gibson as Himself | Brian Aldiss as Himself | Michael Moorcock as Himself | Harlan Ellison as Himself | Neil Gaiman 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: Kim Antieau as Herself | Walter Jon Williams as Himself | Pat Cadigan as Herself | Megan Lindholm as Herself | Harry Harrison as Himself | C.J. Cherryh as Herself | Samuel R. Delany as Himself | Nancy Kress as Herself | Terry Pratchett as Himself | Ray Bradbury as Himself | David Cronenberg as Himself
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: Alan Grant as Himself | Julius Schwartz as Himself | Scott McCloud as Himself | Howard Chaykin as Himself | Neal Adams (1) as Himself | Ty Templeton as Himself | Frank Miller as Himself | Dave Gibbons (1) as Himself | Jack Kirby as Himself | Stan Lee as Himself | Bob Kane 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: Pat Murphy (1) as Herself | P.D. James as Herself | Roger Zelazny as Himself | Robert Sheckley as Himself | Howard V. Hendrix as Himself | Suzy McKee Charnas as Herself | Martin H. Greenberg as Himself | David Brin as Himself | James Morrow as Himself | Connie Willis as Herself
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: Larry Niven as Himself | Marion Zimmer Bradley as Herself | Nick Bantock as Himself | Frank M. Robinson as Himself | Karen Haber as Herself | Dan Simmons as Himself | Howard V. Hendrix as Himself | Peter David as Himself | Robert Silverberg as Himself | Spider Robinson as Himself | Harlan Ellison 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: Roberta Gregory as Herself | Maureen F. McHugh as Herself | Melissa Scott as Herself | Ellen Kushner as Herself | Frank M. Robinson as Himself | John Byrne as Himself | Jewelle Gomez as Herself | Greg Bear as Himself | Samuel R. Delany as Himself | Jane Yolen 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: Scott McCloud as Himself | Len Wein as Himself | Max Allan Collins as Himself | Walt Simonson as Himself | Dave Gibbons (1) as Himself | Kevin Eastman as Himself | Will Eisner as Himself | Samuel R. Delany as Himself | Charles De Lint 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: Jamie Delano as Himself | Melanie Tem as Herself | Len Wein as Himself | Robert Sheckley as Himself | Steve Bissette as Himself | Mike Mignola as Himself | Frank Miller as Himself | Brian Aldiss as Himself | Stan Lee as Himself | Clive Barker as Himself | Peter Straub 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: Bill McKibben as Himself | Neal Stephenson as Himself | Donald A. Norman as Himself | Jaron Lanier as Himself | Steven Barnes as Himself | James Patrick Kelly as Himself | William Gibson as Himself | Douglas Adams as Himself | Larry Niven as Himself | Greg Bear 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: Terri Windling as Herself | Chelsea Quinn Yarbro as Herself | Charles Vess as Himself | Jane Yolen as Herself | Peter Straub as Himself | Anne Rice as Herself | Clive Barker as Himself | Nancy Kress as Herself | Neil Gaiman as Himself
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: Nancy Baker (1) as Herself | Poppy Z. Brite as Herself | Jewelle Gomez as Herself | Nancy A. Collins as Herself | Chelsea Quinn Yarbro as Herself | Suzy McKee Charnas as Herself | Tanya Huff as Herself | Anne Rice 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: Carol Severance as Herself | Dave Smeds as Himself | Lucius Shepard as Himself | Archie Goodwin as Himself | George Pratt as Himself | Lois McMaster Bujold as Herself | Joe Haldeman as Himself | Peter Straub as Himself
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: Kevin O'Donnell as Himself | Hal Clement as Himself | William Stout as Himself | Poul Anderson as Himself | Kelley Jones (1) as Himself | Larry Niven as Himself | George R. Martin as Himself | Greg Bear as Himself | Nancy Kress as Herself | Robert J. Sawyer 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: Pat Murphy (1) as Herself | Andre Norton as Herself | Lisa Tuttle as Herself | Colleen Doran as Herself | Martha Soukup as Herself | Chelsea Quinn Yarbro as Herself | Suzy McKee Charnas as Herself | Jill Thompson as Herself | Trina Robbins as Herself | David Brin as Himself | Samuel R. Delany as Himself
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: Mike Ploog as Himself | Howard Chaykin as Himself | Scott McCloud as Himself | Joe Kubert as Himself | Denys Cowan as Himself | Frank Miller as Himself | Alan Moore (1) as Himself | Dave Gibbons (1) as Himself | Will Eisner as Himself | Stan Lee 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: 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 | Vernor Vinge as Himself | John Brunner as Himself | 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
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: Walter Jon Williams as Himself | Joel Davis as Himself | John Brunner as Himself | Michael Swanwick as Himself | Bruce Sterling as Himself | Douglas Adams as Himself | Connie Willis as Herself | Robert J. Sawyer 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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