Prophets of Science Fiction
Scientific Props and Technical
Consulting Furnished by
Antiques of Science & Technologyy
Jim & Rhoda Morris
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The Science Channel
February 14th at 9PM
and February 17th at 7 PM.
The film reveals the the uncanny visions
of science fiction's founding
fathers and shows how they inspired some of the most
important inventions of
the Twentieth Century.
100 years before the Apollo program, Jules Verne foresaw
the details of
America's moon launch with remarkable accuracy -- from
the speed and weight
of the spacecraft to the location of the launch site in
Verne's submarine, the Nautilus, inspired submarine
designers for decades.
H.G. Wells gave us our first vision of hostile alien
invaders and inspired
physicists to investigate time travel. Perhaps most
foresaw the future of war: predicting aerial bombing,
the tank, and in 1913,
the atom bomb. Years later, Wells novel even helped
physicist Leo Szilard
invent the bomb. The film includes interviews with
fiction writers, and historians.
"Prophets of Science Fiction" airs after the 9 PM
broadcast of "Brilliant
Minds," an award-winning film on the minds of Galileo,
Newton, Einstein, and
Stephen Hawking, also produced by Veriscope Pictures.
in his office on the set "Prophets of Science Fiction"
working out the the details of his cannon to shoot a space ship
to the Moon in his novel
From the Earth
to the Moon
A sample of photos taken on the set showing the action
typically found in the dramatization of a TV production of
science and history.
These sets are Dr. Frederick Soddy laboratory and Jules Verne office. Click on
the thumbnails to see a large version of each photo.
|Here is Jim of A of ST helping to
set up Dr. Frederick Soddy's
chemical laboratory specifically the spectroscope for testing the
emissions from Radium. He is surrounded by the
lighting crew and TV camera. He has also been fitted
out with some period clothing in case they need a
shadowy figure to fill out the back ground.
We make a concerted effort to bring as much realism to the TV and Movie
programs, that we are working on, that is practical.
Below is a typical example.
Jim & Rhoda created this spectrum of Helium with a discharge tube
and the spectroscope on the set shown in the photos above.
This is the very spectrum that the actor portraying Dr. Frederick
Soddy, who won a Noble prize, was looking at through
the spectroscope on the set.
Below on mouse over and a minute or so you'll see a shot being taken of
looking through a 100,000 volt electric arc, and you hear the director
cueing my actions.
Below is a test shot in our lab to see how a
cameraman might chose to shoot a scene
with a particular piece of apparatus and all of its components. This
instrument is a quadrant electrometer used
to measure the radioactivity of a sample
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