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Prophets of Science Fiction

By Matt Springer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Intriguing docuseries connects science fiction with fact.

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Prophets of Science Fiction pulls off a pretty remarkable feat. It takes the works of long-dead science fiction authors and examinations of the latest scientific wonders, mashes them together, and manages to make the whole far more engaging than its parts. Frankly, there are moments when the show amazes -- there are literary antecedents for so many of today's very real scientific developments that it's hard not to imagine authors like Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells, and Philip K. Dick as prophets in the truest sense of the word.

By fusing the evolution behind some of sci-fi's true classics with an exploration of the real science that has emerged in the wake of them, Prophets of Science Fiction offers true insight into the power of literature to inspire, and the power of science to revolutionize our world and culture.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: November 9, 2011
  • Network: SCIENCE
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: June 1, 2023

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