I was probably the last on my block to hear about it, but thank heavens I did. ABC premiered a new, not-quite-series called Masters of Science Fiction last Saturday evening. Fortunately, I saw something in the paper in time to set my DVR and catch it. It’s an anthology series (or not-quite series, since ABC hasn’t committed to continuing it beyond a few episodes) featuring adaptations of short stories by noted SF writers, including Kessel, Heinlein, Ellison, and others. Each story will be intro’d, and I guess outtro’d, by the voice of physicist Stephen Hawking, ala Rod Serling.
I quite enjoyed the first episode, “A Clean Escape,” based on a short story by John Kessel. Well written and acted, and pretty powerful.
Who knows how long this will last, so watch it and support it (Saturday evenings at 10, Eastern time). Maybe if it gains an following, ABC will see that there’s an audience for more than one intelligent SF show on TV! Wouldn’t that be great?
“The mere habit of writing, of constantly keeping at it, of never giving up, ultimately teaches you how to write.” —Gabriel Fielding