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"Prophets of Science Fiction" Mary Shelley (2011)

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Prophets of Science Fiction: Season 1: Episode 1 -- Mary Shelley set out to create a monster--along the way she created a masterpiece. In 1816, she begins stitching together a patchwork of legend, technology, and personal tragedy- giving life to her novel, Frankenstein - and the genre of science fiction.


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Original Air Date:
9 November 2011 (Season 1, Episode 1)
Mary Shelley set out to create a monster--along the way she created a masterpiece. In 1816, she begins stitching together a patchwork of legend... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast)

Jonathan Adams ... Narrator (voice)

Kenneth Branagh ... Victor Frankenstein in 'Frankenstein' (archive footage)

Colin Clive ... Victor Frankenstein in 'Frankenstein' (archive footage)

Robert De Niro ... The Creature in 'Frankenstein' (archive footage)

Jessica DeShaw ... Clare Clairmont (as Jessica Wyckoff)

Matt Drago ... Lord Byron
Andre Fenton ... Himself / neuroscientist, New York University

Dwight Frye ... Fritz in 'Frankenstein' (archive footage)

Craig Harvey ... Himself / Chief Coroner Investigator, Los Angeles County

Michio Kaku ... Himself / theoretical physicist

Boris Karloff ... The Monster in 'Frankenstein' (archive footage)
Kim Stanley Robinson ... Himself / science-fiction author

Gavin Scott ... Himself / writer

Ridley Scott ... Himself
Jeffrey Steinberg ... Himself / U.S. Director, The Fertility Institutes [this is not the same Jeffrey Steinberg in IMDB database]

Episode Crew
Directed by
Declan Whitebloom 
Produced by
Gary Auerbach .... executive producer
Julie Auerbach .... executive producer
Henry Capanna .... executive producer in charge of production
David Cargill .... co-executive producer
Rocky Collins .... executive producer
Charlie Cook .... story producer
David Franzke .... line producer
Jason S. Lee .... associate producer
Mary Lisio .... executive producer
Nino Lopez .... associate producer
Bernadette McDaid .... executive producer
Kaitlin McIntyre .... producer
Deborah Adler Myers .... executive producer
Dennis Principe Jr. .... production executive
Katie Pyne .... associate producer
Ridley Scott .... executive producer
Kathryn Takis .... field producer
Kevin Tavolaro .... story producer
Fred Villari .... field producer
David W. Zucker .... executive producer
Original Music by
Scott Greer (series)
Joel J. Richard 
Film Editing by
Joseph Lorenzetti 
Tanner Roth 
Casting by
Chad Patterson 
Art Direction by
Gary Kroytor 
Production Management
Christopher Lauer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Isaac Heckert .... second unit director
Sound Department
John Barzelay .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Alena Cochran .... visual effects artist
Jeff Fuller .... visual effects artist
Patrick Hibbs II .... visual effects artist
Sean McHale .... graphics coordinator
John Mitchell .... lead visual effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Leif Lindhjem .... b camera operator
Megan Mitchell .... digital imaging technician
Casting Department
Chad Patterson .... casting producer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Megan Hofferth .... stylist
Editorial Department
Brandon Crooks .... post production supervisor
Elizabeth Krasick .... assistant editor
Shane Lefler .... colorist
Shane Lefler .... on-line editor
Andrew Parkhurst .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Joel J. Richard .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Eric Day .... production assistant
Hilari Farrell .... production accountant
Alexandra Gibson .... location manager
Henry Hobson .... director: title sequence
Rose Krane .... production coordinator
Kelly Tanaka .... production accountant


Additional Details

43 min (excluding commercials)

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Prophetic, indeed, 14 November 2013
Author: Grann-Bach ( from Denmark

This documentary episode consists of expert(of different fields, including biographers and fellow writers) interviews, narration, real life footage of advances, movie clips(mainly from Kenneth Branaugh's version - to which I say, well chosen), reenactments(some animated) and computer simulations(of the possibilities of current research).

It goes into many aspects of the iconic work of Mary Shelley, the first author of the genre of sci-fi - Frankenstein. All of it is viewed through the lens of "what have we discovered since then/what are we likely to arrive at in the near future". This is well-edited and keeps to a solid pace.

The elements gone into include the relationship between electricity and the human form, reusing/replacing body parts, the creation of new, potentially smart, life, and crafting new species.

There is brutal, violent and disturbing content in this. I recommend this to any fan of the novel and/or learning about science. 8/10

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