Prophets of Science Fiction
Presented by Ridley Scott (Prometheus), this two-part documentary
collects the excellent SBS TV series PROPHETS OF SCIENCE FICTION and
focuses on how "science fiction" has become science in the modern world.
By linking science with some of the great science fiction writers of our
time and before such as Mary Shelley, Arthur C. Clarke and George Lucas,
each episode goes into some detail about how their ideas have become a
Philip K. Dick
Arthur C. Clarke
Prometheus just being released (07/06/2012), this collection will be
available on the 27th of June on both Blu-ray and DVD for a recommended
retail price of $34.95AUD which is perfect timing for sci-fi buffs.
Given the controversial story of Prometheus regarding artificial life
and the origin of mankind, Scott proves to be the perfect catalyst on
how ideas have become real-world inventions.
series interviews a wide range of people from directors such as George
Lucas to scientists such as theoretical physicist Michio Kaku to give
their knowledge on a particular area. Add in film clips from various
science fiction films and re-enactments and Prophets of Science Fiction
comes together quite well.
only drawback to the series is that not all the episodes are totally
interesting but of course, this is probably due to personal taste.
Nonetheless, it's also a great cinema lesson such as the first episode
that deals with Mary Shelley and her creation of Frankenstein that
spawned a series of Hollywood films and how medical science has mirrored
some of her ideas. It even focuses on artificial intelligence with some
great references to Robocop..
end, Prophets of Science is a collection of amazing visionaries and
links science fiction with science and how their ideas have led to some
amazing advances in both medical and technological advances. If you're a
fan of science fiction movies, than Prophets of Science is an
interesting insight into the merging of two worlds.