Prophets of Science Fiction
Thursday, 8.30pm, Discovery Science Shown on SBS last April, this fantastic series, produced and introduced by Ridley Scott, investigates the predictions of sci-fi visionaries. From Mary Shelley, Jules Verne and HG Wells to Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein and even George Lucas, it seems sci-fi writers have always had remarkable antennae for gleaning the shape of things to come. Unlike SBS, which decided to show the series out of order, beginning with the sixth episode, Jules Verne, Discovery Science is showing the whole thing in the order in which it was intended. There is a reason Mary Shelley comes first — she was the very first science fiction writer. Meticulously researched, the series investigates the personal lives of the authors and the conditions in which they created their work as well as the impact of it on others. Not to be missed by any selfrespecting science fiction fan.