My Brother, Gerry Hickman

CAPTAIN’S CABIN: My Brother, Gerry Hickman

On December 20th, 2008, my beloved and only brother, Gerald Todd Hickman, passed away suddenly as a result of a bicycling accident.

Episode 40 / January 13th, 2009

Richard Garriott Flight Debriefing (Part 3)

PORT OF CALL: Richard Garriott and the Return to the World

Richard Garriott Legendary computer game designer Richard Garriott — known to many of us as ‘Lord British’ — joins us aboard the DragonHearth for a final time from Star City, Russia to conclude his first-hand account of his recently completed spaceflight aboard Soyuz TMA-13 to the International Space Station. In this final of three parts interview, we’ll discover how life after such an adventure has its own challenges … that the lessons that have been learned are sublime and unexpected … and how he has not yet had time to fully appreciate what the journey had brought to him.

You can read more about both Richard and his mission into space at his Richard in Space website.

Episode 39 / November 8th, 2008

Richard Garriott Flight Debriefing (Part 2)

PORT OF CALL: Richard Garriott and the First Sci-Fi Movie Made in Space

Richard Garriott Legendary computer game designer Richard Garriott — known to many of us as ‘Lord British’ — joins us aboard the DragonHearth from Star City, Russia to continue his first-hand account of his recently completed spaceflight aboard Soyuz TMA-13 to the International Space Station. In this second of three parts interview, we’ll hear about his feelings approaching the International Space Station … how the realities of life in space can be unexpected … and how he took a ‘secret project’ created by Laura and I with him into orbitand used it to make the first science-fiction film ever actually filmed in space.

You can read more about both Richard and his mission into space at his Richard in Space website.

Episode 38 / November 7th, 2008

Richard Garriott Flight Debriefing (Part 1)

PORT OF CALL: Richard Garriott, Private Space Explorer

Richard Garriott Legendary computer game designer Richard Garriott — known to many of us as ‘Lord British’ — joins us once again aboard the DragonHearth from Star City, Russia this time to tell us his first-hand account of his recently completed spaceflight aboard Soyuz TMA-13 to the International Space Station. In this first of three parts interview, we’ll learn of his experiences leading up to his launch … what it it like to take a Soyuz into space … and the costs beyond the monetary that such an adventure exacts on one’s life.

You can read more about both Richard and his mission into space at his Richard in Space website.

Episode 37 / November 6th, 2008

Richard Garriott Prelaunch

PORT OF CALL: Richard Garriott, Spaceflight Participant

Richard Garriott Legendary computer game designer Richard Garriott — known to many of us as ‘Lord British’ — joins us once again aboard the DragonHearth from Star City, Russia to update us on his final training and events leading up to his upcoming October 12th spaceflight aboard Soyuz TMA-13 to the International Space Station. Richard, a tireless crusader for the exploration of space, is a founding board member of the X-prize Foundation, is on the board of directors of Space Adventures, and takes all of us to other worlds in his new Tabula Rasa computer game.

In this interview we’ll learn about some of the final ceremonial duties that are part of his graduation from the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, the experiments he will be conducting and about the infamous ‘spinning chair’.

For those of you who are hearty, you may stay up with me and watch the launch over the internet. You may wish to try NASA Select TV online to watch the launch. According to the NASA Select TV website, Sunday, October 12th, the video feed of Expedition 18/Spaceflight Participant Launching Morning Activities begins at 1:15 a.m. EDT with coverage beginning at 2:am EDT. The launch itself is currently scheduled for 3:01 a.m. EDT. There is a scheduled replay of the morning’s launch at 10:00 a.m. later that morning. Docking of the Soyuz to the ISS has coverage beginning at 4:00 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 14th. The docking itself is scheduled for 4:38 a.m. EDT. At 5:30 a.m. begins coverage of the Spaceflight Participant hatch opening and Welcoming Ceremony. Both of these events will be rebroadcast at 9:00 a.m. EDT. As the return schedule may have changed, look for updates on the hatch closing and farewells as well as the reentry coverage.

You can read more about both Richard and his mission into space at his Richard in Space website.

Episode 36 / September 26th, 2008

Storytelling, Movie Extras and the Dairy District Derby

PORT OF CALL: The Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

Laura takes us to the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival held in Provo Canyon and at the Sierra Amphitheater in Orem, Utah. She introduces us to the incredible storytellers: Victoria Bernett, Antonio Rocha, Kevin Kling, Motoko,  and Rex Ellis.

Carmen Agra Deedy is our dear, exceptional friend. If you would like a sample of her extraordinary talents, watch the online video of her address at the Library of Congress.

DISTANT SHORES: On Being Extras in the Movies

We’re in a MOVIE! You can check out the website and previews for the movie and, who knows, you might actually get to SEE it one day.CREATIVE ENGINE: Secret Projects

Thoughts on why sometimes silence is the best course of action.

STATUS REPORT

Laura and Tracy’s DNA going up to the International Space Station as part of Operation Immortality. Upcoming appearances at the Lucca Comics and Game Convention in Lucca, Italy and the “Life, the Universe and Everything” Symposium at Brigham Young University in February.

UNCHARTED TERRITORIES: The Dairy District Derby

You can keep your Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Derby … here’s what horse racing is all about!

CAPTAIN’S CABIN: The Course Ahead

Settling in on course for the fall … and a look at our future transmissions.

Episode 35 / September 16th, 2008

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