An Inconvenient Book

DISTANT SHORES: Ben Stein’s “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed”

A review of Ben Stein’s documentary film about Intelligent Design. You can visit the ‘Expelled: No Intelligent Design’ website for more information on the film and their take on ID.

News and Mail

THE CREATIVE ENGINE: An Inconvenient Book

The strange case of ‘Dragonlance: Lost Chronicles’ and the twisted fate of ‘Dragons of the Hourglass Mage’ are considered — the mystery of how a third book in an advertised trilogy (whose previous novel was a New York Times Best Seller) would be abandoned by its publisher.

STATUS REPORT

UNCHARTED TERRITORIES: Blu-ray and Browncoats

Why HD DVD is … er, WAS … better than Blu-ray … and why it didn’t matter.

CAPTAIN’S CABIN: “The Immortals”

Celebrating the new printing of the book with an excerpt from the podiobook.

Episode 28 / April 22nd, 2008

Richard Garriott (Part 2)

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 aboard the DragonHearth from Star City, Russia to conclude our two-part conversation about his amazing life, his recent projects and his preparations for his upcoming spaceflight aboard Soyuz TMA-13 to the International Space Station scheduled for launch this coming October. 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 second part of our interview, we discuss his training for the mission, his objectives for the flight and what he is looking forward to after his flight.

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

Episode 26 / February 11th, 2008

Richard Garriott (Part 1)

PORT OF CALL: Richard Garriott, Spaceflight Participant
Legendary computer game designer Richard Garriott — known to many of us as ‘Lord British’ — joins us aboard the DragonHearth from Star City, Russia to talk about his amazing life, his recent projects and his preparations for his upcoming spaceflight aboard Soyuz TMA-13 to the International Space Station scheduled for launch this coming October. 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 first part of our interview, we discuss life in Star City, his history and his views on the current state of computer games.

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

Episode 26 / February 11th, 2008

Holiday Special 2007

UNCHARTED TERRITORIES: The Dragonlance Movie Review
The Dragonlance Movie has premiered here at the Hickman House … and here is our first review. You can join the discussion on this topic either at the Dragonhearth Message board or get additional information from the Official Dragonlance Movie website.

PORT OF CALL: The Blu-ray / HD-DVD War Report
Our son Curtis Hickman … a professional After Effects artist as well as professional magician … calls the victor in the Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD war.

CREATIVE ENGINE: Softening Stories for Young Children … and why you shouldn’t
An essay by Stephen Leacock from the early 1900’s shows us why ‘politically correct’ children’s stories may NOT be the best choice!

CAPTAIN’S CABIN: Santa’s Beard
My father recites our favorite of his Christmas Poems:

DON’T TALK TO ME ABOUT SANTA’S BEARD
By Dr. Harold Hickman

Don’t talk to me about Santa’s Beard…
That it’s just fur or cotton.
I busted Joe just up the block
for saying things that rotten.

He said down at the shopping mall
The Santa Line was merry.
‘Cause they gave kids a lolly-pop
And his was lime … or cherry.

It stuck to Santa’s beard real good
It glued right in the middle.
And he yanked that guys beard right off
And he just tugged a little.

Well that might be for store-bought ‘Nicks
In shopping malls some place
But it’s not true of Santa Claus
He’d always save his face.

You see there’s just ONE Santa Claus
A mighty jolly guy
The others are just helpers
Like Santa’s foreign spies.

Cause Santa’s got a rush up there
To get his stuff all ready
He’s got a million things to do
And work must go quite steady

If he would leave this time of year
The whole place would be frantic
With all them elves a running round
And Mrs. Claus in panic.

So he assigns some guys around
Who look the same as he does
But they ain’t got no beard like his
As soft as down or peach fuzz.

They represent the grand old man
And listen to the kiddies
And ask what kind of dolls they want
To sing them little ditties.

So these guys look like Santa Clause
To make us all remember
That this old man who brings the stuff
Will be here this December.

So next time you sit on his lap
NO LOLLYPOP … and trust him!
The next kid that pulls off his beard…
I’ll find him out AND BUST HIM!

Episode 25/ December 1st, 2007

Killer Breakfast and the NaNoWriMo

PORT OF CALL: Killer Breakfast
At last we can bring you Killer Breakfast: The Series! Our famous Gencon event is now a new video podcast which you can view either online at our website or subscribe to for download… and don’t miss the obligatory gift shop on our way out!

CREATIVE ENGINE: NaNoWriMo
Nation Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an effort to bust through your writer’s block with a blitz attack of words on the page. It includes mutual support online.

STATUS REPORT

UNCHARTED TERRITORIES: NaDruWriNi
An joke that has a darker side when we explore the myth of the drunken writer.

CAPTAIN’S CABIN: Dragonlance Art Auction
A discovery of forgotten art brings a piece of Dragonlance history to light. The original Larry Elmore painting that was used to sell Dragonlance to TSR is for a limited time up for auction on Ebay … along with four additional pieces by Larry Elmore. You can view the art and find the auction by searching Ebay for ‘TRH’ or through this link in the DragonHearth Ship’s Log.

Episode 24 / November 19th, 2007

Halloween Bones and Frights 2007

UNCHARTED TERRITORIES: Choking on Bones
Our visit to the set the the hit television series ‘Bones‘ — as guests of the talented Director of Photography, Gordon Lonsdale — turns into a nightmare as I fight to suppress the dreaded COUGH!

NEWS AND MAIL

CREATIVE ENGINE: Scary Writing Reviews
We ponder the the underlying questions behind the most dreaded and terror-inspiring question “What do you think of my writing?”

STATUS REPORT

CAPTAIN’S CABIN A halloween story by Dr. Hal Hickman.
My father has told this tale to generations of Hickmans … and now you are being subjected to it as well! For other tales, you may wish to listen to his own podcast, “Tale of the Old West.”

Episode 23 / October 30th, 2007

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