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Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
11:00 am
It's that time of the week!

This week it's Amnesia/Total Recall! From the episode guide:


This week Commander Rick continues to explore the theme of memory since he completely forgot to talk about amnesia in the last show. Joining him this time around are film director and screenwriter David Cronenberg - who was the original choice to write and direct the movie Total Recall, and speculative fiction authors Walter Jon Williams (Voice Of The Whirlwind), C.J. Cherryh (Heavy Time), Harry Harrison (The Turing Option), Pat Cadigan (Fools), Nancy Kress (Brain Rose), Kim Antieau ("Another Country") and Samuel R. Delany (Dhalgren). In addition Rick looks at the idea of eidetic or photographic memory with the assistance of Ray Bradbury (The Illustrated Man), Megan Lindholm (Alien Earth) and Terry Pratchett (Small Gods).

Due to problems beyond my control at the moment, I've posted the SECOND half of the Memory and Amnesia/Total Recall two-parter first. I think that the episode manages to stand on its own in terms of content. The only reason that it's considered a two-parter is because the two episodes have similar themes and because of events in the fictional side of the show (Rick lost power in the satellite before he covered everything he wanted to).

Part One - David Cronenberg, Walter Jon Williams, C. J. Cherryh, Harry Harrison.

Part Two - Pat Cadigan, Nancy Kress, Kim Antieau, Samuel R. Delany.

Part Three - Ray Bradbury, Megan Lindholm, Terry Pratchett.
Monday, July 23rd, 2007
6:38 am
This is slightly late due to bad week and me feeling sick.

This week's episode is Tolkien. From the episode guide:

522807 TOLKIEN AIRDATE: NOV. 24, 1993
The continuing influence of J.R.R. Tolkien and his trilogy, The Lord Of The Rings, is celebrated this week as Commander Rick checks in with comic book creators Mike Ploog (artist, Weirdworld), Walt Simonson (writer/artist, Thor) and Charles Vess (artist, Books Of Magic - issue 3). On the speculative fiction side of things Rick chats with Guy Gavriel Kay, who, along 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, plus After The King contributors Charles de Lint ("The Conjure Man") and Terry Pratchett ("Troll Bridge").As well, writers Suzy McKee Charnas (The Kingdom of Kevin Malone), Carole Nelson Douglas (Counter-Probe), and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Better In The Dark) point out that The Lord Of The Rings is far from perfect. Tolkien, warts and all, this week.

Part One: Walt Simonson, Charles Vess, Mike Ploog, Martin H. Greenberg and Charles De Lint
Part Two: Charles de Lint, Terry Pratchett, Guy Gavriel Kay and Diana L. Paxson.
Part Three: Sean Stewart, Carole Nelson Douglas, Suzy McKee Charnas and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.
Monday, July 9th, 2007
12:11 pm
Week Two!
Ha! I've made it to week two! This week's episode is Science and Technology.

I've tried a new type of compression, since the last one gave me grief. This didn't come without problems: there's some odd colour that flares up in the lower left corner. Some scenes are oddly compressed, like the opening shot of Rick right before Nan-Cy's first on screen bit. I don't think these are too noticeable. Look, my plan was to get the episodes out there, not to provide DVD-quality video. It's on YOUTUBE for Heaven's sake!

Ahem. I will look into improving this for next week. For some reason, the audio liked knocking out on high quality video all weekend.

From the episode guide:
Commander Rick debates the impact science and technology are having on society with science fiction writers Gregory Benford (PhD, Physics), Robert Sawyer (computer programmer), Jack Womack (neo-Luddite) and fellow techno-peasant Spider Robinson. Rick attempts to control the technology onboard his communications satellite Reality One by wiring together a "pow-R glove" -- with hilarious results!

Translation: pow-R glove = messy interview order.

YouTube Links
Part One: Jack Vance, Candas Jane Dorsey, George R.R. Martin, Candas Jane Dorsey (again), George R.R. Martin (again), Spider and Jeanne Robinson, Lewis Shiner, Jack Vance and Gregory Benford.

Part Two: Jack Womack, Guy Gavriel Kay, Marianne Neilsen, Jack Vance, Marianne Neilsen (again), Larry Niven, Dave Duncan, George R.R. Martin, and Spider and Jeanne Robinson.

Part Three: Robert Sawyer, Spider Robinson, Dave Duncan, Larry Niven, Larry Niven (again).

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Monday, July 2nd, 2007
12:24 pm
This is the Prisoners of Gravity episode "Fans". From the episode guide:
471002 FANS AIRDATE: OCTOBER 8, 1992
Walter Koenig (Chekov) and Michael Dorn (Worf) bring a Star Trek perspective to this week's show as SF authors Douglas Adams (The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Lois McMaster Bujold (Barrayar), Spider Robinson (Time Travelers Strictly Cash) and comic book creators Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), Garth Ennis (Hellblazer) and Neil Gaiman (Sandman) provide the anecdotes, and Julius Schwartz and Forrest J. Ackerman explore the history, as Commander Rick examines the phenomenon of fandom. Harlan Ellison (The Essential Ellison) is his usual acerbic self as he enlightens Rick on the dark side of fandom.

Located on YouTube and broken into three parts.
Part One (Douglas Adams, Julius Schwartz and Forrest J. Ackerman): http://youtube.com/watch?v=ybDavTjKW6Y
Part Two (Lois McMaster Bujold, Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman, Dave Gibbon and Garth Ennis): http://youtube.com/watch?v=MNWcq7xijxU
Part Three (Spider Robinson, Walter Koenig and Michael Dorn): http://youtube.com/watch?v=be52s77Cjb8

Embedded Youtube files under the cut.

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Thursday, June 21st, 2007
2:31 pm
A quick sample
Season One Opening Theme, Version One

1:55 pm
What on Earth is the Summer Time Rerun Project?
The Summer Time Rerun Project is an excuse for me to spam YouTube and Google Video with Prisoners of Gravity episodes, with an average of one or two episodes a week.

Because I can.

No, seriously. Why?
Long version: I run Signal Loss and as such, get a lot of requests for Prisoners of Gravity DVDs. While it's perfectly fine for in my mind to convert people's VHS tapes to DVDs and sent them copies (and I still do this! Read on for details!), it's a massive time and money sink to me to make copies for every person that wants them.

Streaming video offers a situation. It is not perfect by any means, especially in terms of video and audio quality, but you're getting the video for free in an easy to access format. I can help more people in less time by doing this than by making the DVDs one by one.

What episodes are you uploading?
I'll probably be starting with the ones I like. If there's enough demand, I'll open up polls and allow people to vote on which out of a selection of videos they want to see. From what I've seen online, there's a more interest in some episodes than in others.

Is this only for the summer?
Right now, yes. If I enjoy this project and people like what they see, I may continue it into the fall.

Where are these episodes from?
They're from a range of sources, but either recorded by myself or by people who have kindly shared parts of their collection with me. I do have episodes sourced from Discovery and Booktelevision reruns, which have been edited for time. In these cases, it will be noted that the episodes aren't "complete".

What's this about converting VHS to DVD?
If you have episodes or any video related to PoG, I want it. Consider this a slightly different version of tape trading. So, if you send me your tapes, I'll put the episodes onto DVD-R/DVD+R, make you a copy and send the tapes back with the DVDs.

I realize that this is a big risk for your tapes, but if you're still interested, send me an email and we can discuss the details. If you're in the Toronto area, you may not even have to mail anything.

Can I still get DVDs off of you? I'll give you money!
While I'm starting this project to curb some of this demand, I know this isn't the perfect work-around. If you really want episodes on DVD, feel free to email me and we'll talk. Be forewarned that unlike the tape trading, I probably will not handle the costs of discs or postage. You'll have to help with that.

And your email?
Use "teddog_3000 at yahoo.com"

Are you going to do this with other TVOntario programs too?
Sadly, all I have to offer is Prisoners of Gravity. However, I am very interested in retro TVOntario programming and if fans of other series are interested in creating parallel projects, I'll gladly support and help them.
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