“Explore/Create: My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark” will be available January 10, 2017. You can already reserve your copy here:
Critical Acclaim for “Explore/Create”
“Explore/Create is a chronicle of wonder, and the many wondrous things the future may hold. Richard and I have long shared a passion for space. Perhaps one day our kids will create and play games on a new world!” — Elon Musk, CEO, SpaceX and Tesla Motors
“Richard Garriott has inspired me to explore and create since I was a teenager. I never would’ve written Ready Player One if I hadn’t grown up playing the games he created as Lord British. This is the book I’ve been waiting to read for a long, long time.” — Ernest Cline, New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One
“Richard and his partners at Zero-G took me on my first flight into weightlessness. … I applaud his spirit and have enjoyed the fruits of his labor.” — Stephen Hawking
“I was so taken by Richard Garriott’s game Ultima that I was nearly speechless when I met him at a pizza joint in Chicago. Now finally, Richard has shared his compelling story with the rest of us in Explore/Create.” — Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple
“Richard and I are both among the first private astronauts, and we have used our unbound power of imagination to take us to new heights. This book will take you on an insider’s journey into Richards fascinating mind from creating virtual worlds and characters to exploring the cosmos. Buckle up!” — Anousheh Ansari, 1st Muslim woman to go into space
“Lively and entertaining. … [Garriott] embeds puzzles and games in the book for those who want to take it beyond the simple experience of reading. … Those looking for glimpses into an adventurous life should be pleased.” — Kirkus Reviews
About the Book
An inventor, adventurer, entrepreneur, collector, and entertainer, and son of legendary scientist-astronaut Owen Garriott, Richard Garriott de Cayeux has been behind some of the most exciting undertakings of our time. A legendary pioneer of the online gaming industry—and a member of every gaming Hall of Fame—Garriott invented the multi-player online game, and coined the term “Avatar” to describe an individual’s online character.
A lifelong adventurer and member of the Explorers Club, Garriott has used the fortune he amassed from the gaming business to embark on a number of thrilling expeditions. He has plumbed the depths of the Atlantic ocean to see the remains of the Titanic, hunted for meteorites in Antarctica, and in 2008 became one of the first private citizens to be launched into space. Richard has been one of the foremost pioneers of the private space industry, investing his time and energy into making space travel more accessible.
In this fascinating memoir, Garriott invites readers on the great adventure that is his life. Yet his is no ordinary autobiography; throughout, Garriott engages readers with interactive activities and challenges them with “secret codes” for his games. An audacious genius with an insatiable curiosity and an irrepressible playfulness, Garriott takes readers on an unforgettable intellectual experience that is enlightening, adventurous, and fun.