Ridley Scott, the creative genius behind legendary Hollywood classics including "Alien," "Blade Runner" and "Gladiator," comes to SCIENCE this November with the world premiere eight-part series, PROPHETS OF SCIENCE FICTION. An auteur of science fiction himself, Scott goes from behind the camera to on-air guide to explore the relationship between genre and the constantly-evolving worlds of science and technology. From Jules Verne and Isaac Asimov to George Lucas and Phillip K. Dick, the dreams of storytellers often become the inspiration for researchers seeking mankind's next transformative discovery. PROPHETS OF SCIENCE FICTION debuts on SCIENCE on Wednesday, November 9, at 10:00 PM (ET/PT).
"For years I have been fascinated with the connection between creative inspiration and scientific progress," said Scott. "Often there is an attempt to separate the worlds of art and science, when in reality the two are inseparably linked. I am thrilled to work with SCIENCE on PROPHETS OF SCIENCE FICTION, which will be the definitive exploration of science fiction's ability to spark real-world genius."
Each episode of PROPHETS OF SCIENCE FICTION focuses on a visionary sci-fi figure whose spark of imagination changed our reality. The premiere episode explores the celebrated author, Mary Shelley. Widely credited with creating the science fiction genre, Shelley's 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 bold 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; such as George Lucas, Isaac Asimov, Jules Verne, Phillip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke, H.G. Wells, and Robert Heinlein.
"Sometimes it takes a true genius to clearly articulate the genius of others. This is what makes PROPHETS of SCIENCE FICTION such a singular project," said Debbie Myers, General Manager and Executive Vice President of SCIENCE. "Having the brilliant Ridley Scott as the on-air guide for this journey enables the series to illuminate the one-of-a-kind inspiration that transforms science fiction to science fact."
PROPHETS OF SCIENCE FICTION is produced for SCIENCE by RDI Productions and Go Go Luckey Productions. For RDI Productions Ridley Scott is executive producer along with Tony Scott, Mary Lisio and David Zucker. Executive Producers Gary Auerbach , Julie Auerbach as well as Co-Executive Producer David Cargill represent Go Go Luckey. Executive Producers for SCIENCE include Debbie Myers, Bernadette McDaid and Rocky Collins.
Mary Shelley Premieres Wednesday, November 9, at 10:00 PM (ET/PT) Mary Shelley set out to create a monster--along the way she created a masterpiece. In 1816, teenager Mary begins stitching together a patchwork of ancient legend, modern technology, and personal tragedy- giving life to her novel, Frankenstein - and the genre of science fiction.
H.G. Wells Premieres Wednesday, November 16, at 10:00 PM (ET/PT) (Tentative) H.G. Wells' self-penned epitaph underscores a lifetime of grim - yet uncanny - prophecy. With stories like The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The World Set Free, 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. Our greatest innovations could very well become the tools of our own destruction.
Philip K. Dick Premieres Wednesday, November 23, at 10:00 PM (ET/PT) (Tentative) Literary genius, celebrated visionary, paranoid outcast, writer Philip K. Dick lived a life of ever-shifting realities straight from the pages of his mind-bending sci-fi stories. His books have inspired films like Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Minority Report and his ideas have influenced the development of real-life breakthroughs in everything from robotics to law enforcement. The brilliant, troubled sci-fi legend's work confronts readers with a deceptively simple question; "what is reality?"