Masters of Science Fiction

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Steven Hawking's Sci-Fi Masters
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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, 2007 – August 25, 2007
Related shows Masters of Horror

Steven Hawking's Sci-Fi Masters 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]

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]


Title Original story author Director Original U.S. air-date Original Canadian air-date
"A Clean Escape" John Kessel Mark Rydell August 4, 2007 November 11, 2007
"The Awakening" Howard Fast
"The General Zapped an Angel"
Michael Petroni August 11, 2007 November 25, 2007
"Jerry Was a Man" Robert A. Heinlein Michael Tolkin August 18, 2007 November 18, 2007
"The Discarded" Harlan Ellison Jonathan Frakes August 25, 2007 December 16, 2007
"Little Brother" Walter Mosley Darnell Martin Not scheduled December 2, 2007
"Watchbird" Robert Sheckley Harold Becker Not scheduled December 9, 2007


  1. ^ a b Richmond, Ray (August 3, 2007). ""Masters of Science Fiction" too artistic for ABC". Reuters. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  2. ^ a b "ABC SLATES 'LAUGHS' FOR TUESDAYS, CONFIRMS 'MASTERS' INSTALLMENTS". Futon Critic. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  3. ^ "Stephen Hawking's Sci Fi Masters". Science Channel. 

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