Prophets of Science Fiction 1 Season 2012

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Season 1
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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.

Starring:
Jonathan Adams, Kenny Baker
Runtime:
42 minutes
Original air date:
March 7, 2012

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DFWTexan42 on February 18, 2012
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All the episodes of this series I have seen so far have been an very good overview of each author from multiple perspectives. Published works, personality, philosophy, and their major predictions with real world comparisons. Recommended for both dedicated Sci-Fi fans, and new arrivals to the genre.
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By BruceK on June 18, 2014
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As a teen-ager I began to read the books of Robert Heinlein. I started with
"Stranger In A Strange Land" and eventually read everything Heinlein had
written, and caught up as he wrote the last books of his fantastic writing
career.

I found a mind in these books that I agreed with on almost all levels, a man
who understand human rights and freedoms and a man who understood that
they had to be protected while maintaining them even for the people who could
really grasp the or did not want to grasp the whole system.

I've always been interested in Science Fiction, and Robert Heinlein was
one of the classical best. Robert Heinlein was also a military man and a
scientist and engineer. He was a motivator for me to persist in learning
math and science and becoming and engineer.

Sadly, most of this is missing from this documentary on Heinlein's life and
books. The documentary is more of a tour of all the things predicted by
Science Fiction with rather long irrelevant asides where they showed
technology that today that was predicted or realizations of science fiction
ideas.

I was hoping for more about Heinlein the man, Heinlein the author, and
stories and reminiscences of those who knew him. There were a few of
these, but this should have made up the whole documentary. Most of the
people talking about Heinlein did not know him.

Then we have the people who show up in anything about science, and the
movemakers ... Dr. Michio Kaku, Ridley Scott, and others who wax nostalgically
about the man. The technology is less important today.
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By Elizabeth on May 13, 2014
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This entire series is extremely informative and a must watch for any science fiction fan. They go into each author's life and the time period in which the sci-fi piece was made. They then go into how the science fiction of these pieces are becoming fully realized in reality today! Wonderful series!
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I have been reading the featured authors since I was a child, and beyond, and there are none better. This series is just plain Great and I really recommend it.

This series features the most seminal writers of the genre and helps one understand it by showing the groundwork---little of which has ever been surpassed. For instance, ALIENS was based upon a short story I read when I was about eight years old, 1953.

Ridley Scott does his uttermost best to wreck this fine documentary series by being the dullest, deadest, emptiest host i have ever seen, and his audio also dips down into some nether-realm where it is nearly unintelligible to me, and I think he should be written out and somebody new dubbed in---he's that totally bad. Of course, he's a directorial genius and can also draw pictures with supreme artistic skill---so what do i know? I just found him extremely irritating.

But I GIVE THIS SERIES 5 STARS AND CANNOT RECOMMEND IT HIGHLY ENOUGH. BUY IT; WATCH IT!!

Live long and prosper.

**Don't bother writing me critical remarks because I don't care about anything anybody else has to say :)
.GREAT SERIES --- RIDLEY SCOTT STINKS. Learn it; live it; love it.

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By Ken Barat on March 30, 2014
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I think the series is a great idea, it demonstrates where so much of today's SF books and movies owe their roots. I did find the section on Issac Asimov only gives him credit for the three laws of Robotics. Never mentions the Foundation Series or other books he authored Fiction or Science Fiction to me this is the glaring flaw in the series and insult to the man and his fans.
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By Vicky Madden on March 27, 2014
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I first stumbled across this series online. As a college English teacher, I find the series fascinating! I especially love the way it connects to science and technology today. I was thrilled to have the chance to purchase the series.
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This short documentary, only 37 minutes long, wastes valuable minutes with at least four digressive segments about new robots R&D, instead of concentrating on its subject matter, which was supposed to be Isaac Asimov, his life and his books. The film seems only interested in robots and in Asimov's robot novels and stories, which is a very narrow approach and a serious limitation. His most famous series of books, the Foundation series, is not even mentioned. There is no analysis of most of his novels and short stories, except the ones directly dealing with robots. There is only a brief reference in passing to the many non-fiction books that Asimov wrote.
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Great historical review of the invention and development of SiFi. This is about true SiFi stories of the future which include future travel and robots.
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