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"Prophets of Science Fiction" is an American documentary series that was made in 2011. It profiled eight science fiction writers and filmmakers, and explained how they predicted and even influenced future advances in science and technology. They did the latter by inspiring people to actually try to develop the technologies depicted in their works. For example, Isaac Asimov wrote dozens of robot stories, some of which inspired engineers to make real industrial robots. Mary Shelley, the author of "Frankenstein" is often said to be the first science fiction writer.

Discovery Channel
1 Season, 8 Episodes - Returning Series
Science Fiction
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Prophets of Science Fiction Full Episode Guide

  • The legacy of George Lucas ("Star Wars").

  • The legacy of Robert Heinlein ("Starship Troopers").

  • The legacy of Jules Verne, whose works predicted viral advertising and fuel-cell technology.

  • Author Isaac Asimov ("I, Robot") and his impact on robotics are discussed.

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