Prophets of Sci­ence Fic­tion

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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