Science, Ridley Scott Introduce Us to the ‘Prophets of Science Fiction’

November 7, 2011 | by gweiswasser

Prophets of Science Fiction - Mary Shelley GetGlue StickerCalling all sci-fi fans! On Wednesday night at 10pm ET/PT, Science debuts Prophets of Science Fiction, a series that explores the relationship between science fiction and the constantly-evolving worlds of science and technology. Executive Producer Ridley Scott, the creative genius behind Hollywood classics including Alien, Blade Runner and Gladiator and a student of science fiction explores how the dreams of storytellers like Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov, George Lucas and Phillip K. Dick often become the inspiration for researchers seeking mankind’s next transformative discovery.

The premiere episode looks at the world and mind of Mary Shelley, who is widely credited with creating the science fiction genre. Her seminal work, Frankenstein, provided a springboard for the future study and development of organ transplantation, cardiac defibrillation, electric batteries and many other modern advances.

Using iconic movie clips and cutting-edge animation, each episode of Prophets of Science Fiction features a future-forward on-air look that is consistent with Scott’s big-screen legacy. Scott and his group of cinematic and scientific experts, including famed director Paul Verhoeven and renowned theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, dissect the genius of Shelley and other science fiction titans.

Check out a sneak peek of the episode below, and check into Prophets of Science Fiction on GetGlue to unlock stickers featuring each of the prophets throughout the series.

  • steve_from_virginia

    Our completely insane Earth CV (current version) of exploding national economies, oil wells and nuclear reactors is straight out of the so-called ‘minds’ of ad managers and comic book artists starting in the Depression. These fools lacked the mental horsepower to come to reasonable and obvious conclusions about their fantasies, letting them arrive in real life.

    Let’s leave the Futurama Fantasias to the children, please. Maybe the few adults remaining can fix the mess before things get much worse … and the human race falls into well-deserved extinction.

    Spoiler Alert: our new world, intended or not, will require future participants to work, as in labor, sweat, effort, judgment, restraint and to abhor waste.

    You can start weeping now, for lost dreams of luxury …