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Masters of Science Fiction

Masters of Science Fiction is an American television anthology series by the same creators as Masters of Horror. The show debuted on ABC on August 4, 2007 at 10PM for a run of four episodes.[1] It was originally scheduled to run in six parts, but two episodes were removed from the schedule for undisclosed reasons.[2]

Masters of Science Fiction
Masters of Science Fiction intertitle.png
Steven Hawking's Sci-Fi Masters intertitle
Genre Science fiction anthology
Presented by Stephen Hawking
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Production
Executive producer(s) John W. Hyde
Brad Mendelsohn
Andrew Deane
Keith Addis
Running time approx. 41 minutes
Production company(s) Reunion Pictures
Industry Productions
MOSF Productions
IDT Entertainment
Release
Original network ABC
Original release August 4 – August 25, 2007
Chronology
Related shows Masters of Horror
External links
Website

The show follows a similar format as Masters of Horror, with each hour long episode taking the form of a separate short film adaptation of a story by a respected member of the science fiction community, hence the Masters in the title.[2]

In December 2007, the show was picked up by Space in Canada. This was followed by the North American premiere of the missing two episodes. A Region 1 DVD of all six episodes was released on August 5, 2008. On February 12, 2012, the Science Channel began airing the episodes, under the title Stephen Hawking's Sci-Fi Masters, beginning with the first domestic airing of the episode "Watchbirds".[3]

The show is hosted off-screen by physicist Stephen Hawking.[1]

EpisodesEdit

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air-date
1 "A Clean Escape" Mark Rydell Story by : John Kessel
Teleplay by : Sam Egan
August 4, 2007 (2007-08-04) (USA)
November 11, 2007 (2007-11-11) (Canada)

In a post-apocalyptic future, a psychiatrist tries to help a patient regain his memory.

Featuring: Sam Waterston as Havelman, Judy Davis as Dr. Deanna Evans, Allison Hossack as Kelly Prosky, Tom Butler as Warren Geslow, Robert Moloney as Pierce, Terence Kelly as Goldstone, Garry Chalk as General, Peter Bryant as Dr. Gavin, McKye Kelly as Claire, Peter Hall as Nick, Burkely Duffield as Will, Camyar Chai as Mansur, Malaya Cooks as Technician
2 "The Awakening" Michael Petroni Story by : Howard Fast
Teleplay by : Michael Petroni
August 11, 2007 (2007-08-11) (USA)
November 25, 2007 (2007-11-25) (Canada)

In this adaptation of "The General Zapped an Angel", a major comes out of retirement when an alien comes to Earth supposedly in peace.

Featuring: Terry O'Quinn as Maj Albert Skynner, Elisabeth Röhm as Lt. Granger, William B. Davis as President, Julian D. Christopher as General MacKenzie, Malcolm Stewart as Col. Dingham, Doron Bell as Kirby, Samir El Sharkawi as Iraqi, Dave Lantaigne as Army Officer, Adrian Glynn McMorran as Medic, Dean Marshall as General's Aide, Hiro Kanagawa as Captain Oguchi, Johannah Newmarch as Assistant, Mitra Lohrasb as Palestinian Woman, Andre Fex as French Leader, Deni DeLory as Interpreter, Veena Sood as Dr. Kashani, Parm Soor as Pakistani Leader, Scott Miller as Technician, Eddy Ko as Chinese Leader, Igor Ingelsman as Russian Leader, Laura Soltis as Skynner's Wife, Ben Cotton as Creature
3 "Jerry Was a Man" Michael Tolkin Story by : Robert A. Heinlein
Teleplay by : Michael Tolkin
August 18, 2007 (2007-08-18) (USA)
November 18, 2007 (2007-11-18) (Canada)

A wealthy couple come into possession of an android called Jerry.

Featuring: Malcolm McDowell as Tibor Cargrew, Anne Heche as Martha Von Vogel, Russell Porter as Bronson, Jason Diablo as Jerry, Bill Dow as McCoy, Sonja Bennett as Judge Pomfrey, Val Cole as News Anchor, Osmond L. Bramble as Bailiff, Matty Finochio as Judge # 2, David Neale as Pyramus, Jeanie Cloutier as Judge # 3
4 "The Discarded" Jonathan Frakes Story by : Harlan Ellison
Teleplay by : Harlan Ellison and Josh Olson
August 25, 2007 (2007-08-25) (USA)
December 16, 2007 (2007-12-16) (Canada)

A group of mutants exiled from Earth are forced to make a pact with those that sent them adrift in space.

Featuring: Brian Dennehy as Bedzyk, John Hurt as Samswope, James Denton as Barney Curran, Gina Chiarelli as Annie, Lori Triolo as Harmony Teet, Donny Lucas as Steve, Vicky Lambert as Frenchy, Alex Zahara as Bucky, Leanne Adachi as Sharon, Jason Diablo as Smiler, Brian Dobson as Voice of Samswope 2, Barbara Kottmeier as Sis, Harlan Ellison as Nate, Ken Kramer as Schmool, Gillian Barber as Dr. Goldstein
5 "Little Brother" Darnell Martin Walter Mosley December 2, 2007 (2007-12-02) (Canada)

Set in the future, we are introduced to courtrooms without human judges or juries, and automated justice is the law of the land.

Featuring: Kimberly Elise as Tilly Vee, Clifton Collins Jr. as Frendon Blythe, Garwin Sanford as Judge - The Court, Daryl Shuttleworth as Otis Brill, Matthew Walker as Augustus, Jorgito Vargas Jr. as Young Man, Lorena Gale as Mary - Mother, Shelley MacDonald as Female Guard, Nicole Muñoz as Frightened Girl, Adrien Dorval as Officer Bernard, Keith Dallas as Officer Labey, Joanna Reid as Defense Attorney, Donna Yamamoto as Asian Police Woman, Louis Chirillo as Interrupt Progarm 91, Alex Kliner as Juror #1 - Jessup, Doreen Ramus as Juror #2 - Renee, Carlos Joe Costa as Juror #3 - Kwame, Alexia Fast as Juror #4 - Ginnie, Ellen Ewusie as Black Woman - Juror #5, Jim Shepard as Middle Aged White Man - Juror #6, Ray G. Thunderchild as Native American Man - Juror #7, Greg Chan as Old Chinese Man - Juror #8, John Burnside as Juror #9, Jeni Le Gon as Juror #10, Nimet Kanji as Juror #11, Esme Lambert as Juror #12
6 "Watchbird" Harold Becker Story by : Robert Sheckley
Teleplay by : Sam Egan
December 9, 2007 (2007-12-09) (Canada)

In the not too distant future, Watchbird robots, previously used as unmanned weapons for the military, are assigned to aid police forces in a small number of cities. Watchbirds can prevent killings before they happen. However, soon everyone discovers the fragile formula of life and death.

Featuring: James Cromwell as Randolph Ludwin, Sean Astin as Charlie Kramer, Vincent Gale as Jack Valentine, Stacy Grant as Sarah Moser, Christine Chatelain as Marissa, Michael Kopsa as Ratcliffe, Sally Kellerman as The Watchbird (voice), Viv Leacock as Willy, Dean Redman as Bradley Tanner, David Abbott as President, Ivan De Leon as Hispanic Youth #1, Andreas Abbondanza as Hispanic Youth #2, Ken Camroux-Taylor as Summer, A.B. Chater as Terrorist #1, Mehdi Darvish as Terrorist #2, Sean Owen Roberts as Mugger, Alistair Abell as SWAT Leader, Gerry South as Gunman, Vanesa Tomasino as Housekeeper, Jill Krop as TV Newscaster, Link Baker as Technician, Mark Docherty as TV Newscaster, Paul Herbert as Medical Technician (uncredited), Javier Villarreal as Additional Voices (uncredited)

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