Prophets of Science Fiction 1 Season 2012
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1. Mary 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.
2. Philip 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.
3. H. 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.
4. Arthur 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.
5. Isaac 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.
6. Jules 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.
7. Robert 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?".
8. George 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.
|Supporting actors||Isaac Asimov, Chad Bennett, David Brin, John W. Campbell Jr., Harlan Ellison, Amanda Jane Fleming, Matt Fraction, Akiva Goldsman, Adolf Hitler, Jason Johnson, Michio Kaku, V.I. Lenin, Maja Mataric, Bridget Moynahan, Roberto Orci, Oliver Platt, Harv Popick, Tom Riordan|
|Executive Producer||Gary Auerbach|
|Purchase rights||Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details|
|Format||Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)|
A "Prophets of Science Fiction" series that lacks Stanley G. Weinbaum and Joe Haldeman while including second-raters Philip K. Dick and George Lucas is very lame.Published 11 months ago by Arthur Frame
What the heck! No mention of Foundation or that whole series in the video on Asimov. The video on Asimov concentrated on robotics and just barely touched on his social ideas. Read morePublished 19 months ago by White Raven
When I teach Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, I use this product to help students understand who Mary Shelley was. They like the connections made to current and future science, too. Read morePublished 21 months ago by writer
I thought the profile was pretty superficial, and didn't tell me all that much about Heinlein's vision. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Robert E. Gorsch
The entire Prophets of Science Fiction series aims to cover the high points of the subject in an concise manner, and the episode about Jules Verne is no exception. Read morePublished on June 24, 2012 by DFWTexan42