Prophets of Science Fiction, exec produced by Alien and Blade Runner director Ridley Scott and produced by his RDI Productions and Go Go Luckey Productions, will make its debut on U.S. cable net Science on November 9.
The eight-part series, announced during Discovery Communications’ presentation at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, aims to illustrate how such legendary sci-fi figures as Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov inspired scientific advances through their works.
The series also provides something of a historical look at the sci-fi genre, with the premiere episode focusing on Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, and the closing episode examining the impact of George Lucas’ work on science and technology.
Other science-fiction legends profiled in the series include Robert Heinlein, Jules Verne, and H.G. Wells.
Scott will also act as an on-air guide for the series, with other guests such as director Paul Verhoeven and theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku adding their input to the episodes.
“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.”
“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.”
For RDI Productions, Ridley Scott is executive producer along with Tony Scott, Mary Lisio and David Zucker. For Go go Luckey, executive producers are Gary Auerbach and Julie Auerbach with co-executive producer David Cargill. Exec producers for Science include Debbie Myers, Bernadette McDaid and Rocky Collins.
Look for a feature on the series in the upcoming November/December issue of realscreen.