Even Russians know Richard Garriott; the guards at his training facility outside Moscow salute the billionaire with the nickname "Lord British." Garriott has made a name for himself over the years--first as an online videogame designer, best known for his 1980s creation "Ultima," and now as a commercial space flight advocate.
This October, he'll be launching into space for a 10-day stint aboard the International Space Station (ISS), which orbits the earth. Accompanying him on his journey will be the entire population of his massively multiplayer videogame, "Tabula Rasa," and 40 digitized DNA sequences--all stored on a hard drive he calls the immortality drive.
Despite Garriott's pending trip, which he hopes will prove laymen can play a useful role in space exploration, he's still thinking about the world of online games.
Here are excerpts from a recent interview Forbes had with Garriott.