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Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo,
The series heads to the very frontiers of space and science to produce the definitive television history of science fiction. The story of one of the liveliest and most stimulating genres in popular culture will be told through its impact on cinema, television and literature. Each episode will explore one of the enduring themes of science fiction: time travel; the exploration of space; robots and artificial intelligence; and aliens. It will be made with the help of the genre's greatest pioneers: the filmmakers, writers, actors, and graphic artists whose obsession and imagination has taken them into the unknown. Having explored the future, the past, parallel universes and galaxies far, far away, they are now ready to report back on their experiences. Written by
History of SF movies and TV shows, WH in first place
The title is pretty much misleading, or just incorrect. It starts with some famous actors and is focused on SF movies and TV serials, in 98% time approx. From 4 announced corners (Robots, Space, Invasion, Time travel) I seen so far first 2. There were some interesting fact mentioned, like influence of movie Silent Runner on George Lucas and Star Wars. But in Robot episode there was really little talk about SF literature. Of course, they cited Asimov's 3 laws of Robotic - but what about European writers ?
Little better was at start of Space episode - at least they mentioned Verne, Wells .. Still, literature was just marginally touched. It is shame, especially as right at start was said that history of SF is history of imagination. Watching movies is not imagination. Reading books is. But it seems that nowadays it gets forgotten.
What's that WH in summary - Western Hemisphere :-) There were some nice movies, TV serials made in EU - completely ignored.
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