The Real History of Science Fiction

Take a peek at BBC America's upcoming history of sci-fi

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Mar 23, 2014, 8:27 AM EDT (Updated)

BBC America is launching a four-part look at the history of sci-fi next month, and a teaser has arrived for the ambitious-sounding project.

The show, titled The Real History of Science Fiction, will premiere on Saturday, April 19, at 10 p.m., and according to the channel itself, it will feature "filmmakers, writers, actors, and graphic artists looking back on their experiences and on how their obsession and imagination has taken them into the unknown."

BBC's promotional info adds, "The series determines why science fiction is not merely a genre ... for its audience it’s a portal to a multi-verse -- one that is all too easy to get lost in."

Narrated by Doctor Who writer and Sherlock actor/co-creator Mark Gatiss, thes series will be broken into segments titled Robots, Space, Invasion and Time. As for the list of talents lined up to appear. it's quite impressive:

Among those taking part are: William Shatner (Star Trek), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek), Steven Moffat (Doctor Who), Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Chris Carter (The X-Files), Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London), David Tennant (Doctor Who), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner), John Carpenter (Dark Star, The Thing), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Neil Gaiman (The Sandman, Stardust), Kim Stanley Robinson (Mars Trilogy), Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise), Ursula K. Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness), Syd Mead (Blade Runner), Kenny Baker (Star Wars), Anthony Daniels (Star Wars), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Peter Weller (Robocop), Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner, Battlestar Galactica), and many more.

That's what you call a star-studded roster, and we're glad to see some book writers in there along with the film and TV personalities (what, no room for Harlan Ellison?). Is four hours enough to cover the entire "real" history and sweep of our beloved and longstanding genre? We'll find out soon enough. Check out the trailer below.

(via Slashfilm)