Want some first-hand knowledge about what went into Richard Garriott's DNA? His father, astronaut Owen Garriott, has helped to write a book! Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story adds an essential volume to the all-too-small body of literature on NASA's Skylab program, which placed the first American space station in orbit in the 1970s. One of the three crews included none other than Garriott, a scant few years before the first Ultima came into being. The book is available available now (Amazon).
Last, but not least, we present from Johnny's CD a pile of Wing Commander Shadow Force 'source code', which is likely taken from various elements of Wing Commander Prophecy and Secret Ops. There are several hundred tiny files .h and .cpp, most of which are completely incomprehensible to non-technical sorts such as myself -- but I imagine that many in the community will be interested in seeing exactly how the bits and pieces of the games fit together.
Rather than try to examine each piece, we've put the entire directory structure online, exactly as it appeared on the original CD. Begin the journey here. Be sure and let us know if you discover any amazing secrets of meanings behind any of this.