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The Real History of Science Fiction

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The genre of science fiction is full of new, imaginative, and riveting creations. From robots to space to time, each are explored more in depth. "The Real History of Science Fiction" seeks to point out why science fiction is not just a genre and the how of immersing its viewers into a whole different dimension. It is narrated by Doctor Who writer, actor, and co-creator of BBC's Sherlock, Mark Gatiss as he seeks to educate on the impact the genre has had on cinema, television, and literature. He is helped by the genre's greatest pioneers--the filmmakers, writers, actors, and artists including William Shatner, Nathan Fillion, Zoe Saldana, Steven Moffat, Neil Gaiman, Ursula K Le Guin, among many, many more.

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The need the explore the mysteries of the universe inspires the epic spectacle of "Star Wars" as well as the fearsome dread of "Alien."
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Examples of sentient machines and beings from "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Battlestar Galactica" and "The Matrix" are used to explore the meaning of humanity.
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The ideas of time travel; "The Grandfather Paradox;" "The Butterfly Effect;" "Doctor Who."
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Host Dominic Sandbrook and leading writers and filmmakers look at science fiction's obsession with alien invasion, from all-out assault to hidden threats.

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