Prophets of Science Fiction, Season 1HDClosed Captioning
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Filmmaker Ridley Scott explores the biography of some of the most renowned science fiction visionaries and the formation of their imaginations and ideas. Find out how they revealed themselves in their writing and screen projects, and finally how precise their predictions of the future are ultimately proved this season on Prophets of Science Fiction.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMary Shelley||Mary Shelley set out to create a monster--along the way she created a masterpiece. In 1816, she begins stitching together a patchwork of legend, technology, and personal tragedy- giving life to her novel, Frankenstein - and the genre of science fiction.||42:37||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPhilip K. Dick||Philip K. Dick lived a life straight from the pages of his mind-bending sci-fi stories. His writing inspired Blade Runner and influenced the development of robotics and law enforcement. The troubled sci-fi legend questioned the definition of reality.||42:37||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoH.G. Wells||With stories like The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells established himself as a sci-fi writer of almost clairvoyant talent. But these tales of hi-tech adventure hold an ominous warning - beware the dark side of progress.||42:36||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoArthur C. Clarke||Some sci-fi storytellers are content to predict - but Arthur C. Clarke creates. His collaboration with Stanley Kubrick on 2001 predicted videophones, iPads, and commercial spaceflight. His sci-fi legacy inspires us to unveil the mysteries of the universe.||41:12||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoIsaac Asimov||Isaac Asimov dreamed of a better future where robots can do mankind's dirty work. His I, Robot stories led to the creation of real-life industrial robots--and inspired generations to embrace the science and technology of a robo-friendly world.||42:37||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoJules Verne||Jules Verne is the ultimate futurist, with a legacy of sci-fi adventure stories predicting everything from fuel cell technology to viral advertising. The extraordinary voyages of Jules Verne span from the center of the Earth to the surface of the Moon.||42:25||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoRobert Heinlein||Sci-fi legend Robert Heinlein is a walking contradiction. His stories address themes of patriotism but also sexual liberation and man's inability to cooperate. Heinlein's Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land continue to ask "what is freedom?".||42:36||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoGeorge Lucas||From the light sabre to the Death Star, Star Wars is one of the defining science fiction works of the later 20th century. George Lucas' imagination has inspired generations of scientists and engineers to push the envelope of technology.||41:32||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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Outstanding insights into the world of Philip K Dick
This morning I watched the episode on Philip K. Dick and found it to be very insightful and interesting. Afterwards I watched the movie A Scanner Darkly, based on one of Dick's stories, and it was very interesting to see the movie through the lens of what I had learned about Dick. It made the whole thing more intriguing and understandable. I enjoyed both. Over on the Science channel website there is plenty of discussion about who is missing from the list of subjects (William Gibson, Bradbury, Ursula Le Guin, Frank Herbert, etc.). Also a lot of discussion about whether George Lucas should be on the list (mostly negative!). Overall I'm hopeful that we haven't seen the final list of subjects they will include in this series. But, I'm very glad they included Dick - who has probably done more to influence the modern face of science fiction in both literature and film - as well as real science - as any other fiction author.
Classy Profiles Of Great Sci-Fi Authors
What a great show! You get solid profiles of a collection of amazing sci-fi authors, plus a look at the real science inspired by their fiction. You really appreciate the forward thinking of 19th century writers like Verne and Wells , plus 20th century geniuses like Asimov Clarke and Phillip K Dick. Only episode I haven't seen yet was the Heinlein and I look forward to watching it.
Excilent Value at Twice the Cost
I'm hoping that Discovery, Science or History will be continuing on with this series. The productions are exceptional and provide the viewer with insightful information on the authors that brought us the future, long before science even thought it possible. There are many more authors to cover, so I'm hoping for more!
If you're on the fence about purchasing the series, jump off the fence and buy it! You won't regret it!