The BEST episodes of Prophets of Science Fiction

Every episode of Prophets of Science Fiction ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Prophets of Science Fiction!

What once was just imagination is now real; what was once the distant future is now around the corner. The “Science Fiction” of the past has now simply become “Science”. And the science of the future was strangely prophesied by a group of visionaries whose dreams once may have deemed them renegades and “mad scientists,” have become reality! Each episode will examine, dissect, measure, scrutinise and celebrate the life; ideas, convictions, philosophies and genius of each legend from the science fiction realm, each of these greats are pillars of the genre, representing the most ground-breaking conceptual viewpoints of their era. Notable for some of today’s greatest sci-fi concepts these scholars will forever be remembered in the minds of the young and old!

Last Updated: 2/15/2024Network: Science ChannelStatus: Ended
George Lucas
106 votes

#1 - George Lucas

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/22/2012

From Luke Skywalker's light sabre to Darth Vader's Death Star, the Star Wars franchise is one of the defining science fiction works of the later 20th century. George Lucas' prolific imagination has already inspired two generations of scientists and engineers to push the envelope of technology. By introducing computers into the filmmaking process, he changed the way movies are made, and the way we all see the future. Surprisingly, many fictional technologies from "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" are now becoming reality.

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Philip K. Dick
120 votes

#2 - Philip K. Dick

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/16/2011

Literary genius, celebrated visionary, paranoid outcast: Writer Philip K. Dick lived a life of ever-shifting realities straight from the pages of his mind-bending sci-fi stories. His books have inspired films like Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Minority Report. His ideas have influenced the development of real-life breakthroughs in everything from robotics to law enforcement. The brilliant, troubled sci-fi legend's work confronts readers with a deceptively simple question: What is reality?

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H.G. Wells
86 votes

#3 - H.G. Wells

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/23/2011

"I told you so..." H.G. Wells' self penned epitaph underscores a lifetime of grim--yet uncanny--prophecy. With stories like The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The World Set Free, and The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells established himself as a sci-fi writer of almost clairvoyant talent. But these tales of hi-tech adventure hold an ominous warning: beware the dark side of progress. Our greatest innovations could very well become the tools of our own destruction.

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Isaac Asimov
81 votes

#4 - Isaac Asimov

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/1/2012

He saved the future from Evil Robots! Isaac Asimov dreamed a better future where we need not fear our own technology. His I, Robot stories of a sci-fi future where robots can do our jobs for us lead to the creation of real-life industrial robots--and paved the way for a robo-friendly world. Today, droid doctors save lives performing delicate spinal surgery, and automaton astronauts repair orbital stations in the vacuum of space. And it all started with Isaac Asimov's futuristic sci-fi vision: a robot in every home.

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Jules Verne
78 votes

#5 - Jules Verne

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/8/2012

He put a man on the Moon in the Victorian Era. He criticized the the 1863. Jules Verne is the ultimate futurist, with a legacy of sci-fi stories predicting everything from fuel cell technology to viral advertising. The extraordinary voyages of Jules Verne span from the center of the Earth to the surface of the Moon, inspiring art, industry, culture, and technology with an enduring question: Where can science take us?

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Arthur C. Clarke
82 votes

#6 - Arthur C. Clarke

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/30/2011

Some sci-fi storytellers are content to merely predict--but Sir Arthur C. Clarke creates. The writer is single-handedly responsible for the cornerstone of modern telecommunication technology: the satellite. Clarke’s collaboration with director Stanley Kubrick on the iconic 2001 predicted videophones, iPads, and commercial spaceflight--while redefining science-fiction cinema for a new generation. His sci-fi legacy inspires us to unveil the mysteries of the universe, confident in the knowledge that science is the new magic.

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Robert Heinlein
46 votes

#7 - Robert Heinlein

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/15/2012

Science fiction legend Robert Heinlein is a walking contradiction. His stories address themes of patriotism, and duty--while stressing the importance of personal freedom and expression. Heinlein's groundbreaking sci-fi stories like Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land continue to challenge readers with a steadfast theme: what is freedom?

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Mary Shelley
123 votes

#8 - Mary Shelley

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/9/2011

It’s alive! Mary Shelley set out to create a monster--along the way she created a masterpiece. In 1816, teenager Mary begins stitching together a patchwork of ancient legend, modern technology, and personal tragedy--giving life to her novel, Frankenstein...and the genre of science fiction.

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