In a similar – if less gory – vein to the Masters Of Horror anthologies, this sister piece takes six tales by famous genre authors and adapts them into 45-minute TV episodes. Introduced by Stephen Hawking (kind of a computer-voiced version of The Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling), the end result, like most compilation series, has its share of ups and downs. Robert Sheckley’s Watchbird is arguably the highlight, thanks to its cranium-pricking concept of a robot law-enforcer that can read your mind and kill you if you’re about to commit murder. John Kessel’s post-apocalyptic A Clean Escape isn’t bad either, but The Discarded takes a sickening 1959 story by Harlan Ellison and hams it up too far (although it’s worth a look if only for Brian Dennehy’s giant mutant hand). Studded with a few stars ( John Hurt, Anne Heche, Sean Astin), this is pitched at serious SF fans, but others will also enjoy.