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Prophets of Science Fiction 1 Season 2012

Season 1
3.9 out of 5 stars (25) IMDb 8/10

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.

Starring:
Jonathan Adams, Kenneth Branagh
Original air date:
March 7, 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.

CC TV-PG November 9, 2011 42 minutes
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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.

CC TV-PG November 16, 2011 42 minutes
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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.

CC TV-PG November 23, 2011 42 minutes
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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.

CC TV-PG November 30, 2011 41 minutes
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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.

CC TV-PG February 15, 2012 42 minutes
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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.

CC TV-PG February 22, 2012 42 minutes
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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?".

CC TV-PG February 29, 2012 42 minutes
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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.

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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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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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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.
The videos are an okay into to science fiction writers. If you are a big fan of the master's you may be disappointed. I also wonder why George Lucas was included instead of some of the more important writers like Ellison or Leiber.
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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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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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I thought the profile was pretty superficial, and didn't tell me all that much about Heinlein's vision. Again and again, the narrative would choose a book by Heinlein, introduce it, and then veer off into a digression about some relevant technological area, such as cryogenics. This is the old-fashioned idea of science fiction as being oh-so-prophetic in a literal sense. "He predicted the waterbed!" All of this misses so much of the point of his work as a writer of SPECULATIVE fiction.
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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 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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