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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
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
Original network ABC
Original release August 4 – August 25, 2007
Related shows Masters of Horror
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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]


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 (Judy Davis) tries to help a patient (Sam Waterston) regain his memory.
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 (Terry O'Quinn) comes out of retirement when an alien comes to Earth supposedly in peace.
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 (Malcolm McDowell and Anne Heche) come into possession of an android called Jerry.
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 minorities are forced to make a pact with those that sent them adrift in space.
5 "Little Brother" Darnell Martin Walter Mosley December 2, 2007 (2007-12-02) (Canada)
Justice is determined by machines.
6 "Watchbird" Harold Becker Story by : Robert Sheckley
Teleplay by : Sam Egan
December 9, 2007 (2007-12-09) (Canada)
Androids can prevent killings before they happen.


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