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James Cameron is producing a series for AMC analysing the history of sci-fi. The six-part series – titled 'James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction' – will see the 'Terminator' and 'Avatar' director chart the genre's rise from the days of H.G. Wells right up to the present day.

Rather than taking a purely chronological approach, the series will tackle topics, with each episode focussing on a big question that has troubled humankind through the ages, and how these have been approached by sci-fi films, TV shows, video games and books.

Cameron and "other notable sci-fi personalities" will be on hand to offer their thoughts. There's no word on who these "personalities" will be, but given Cameron's standing in the film world, we're expecting some big names.

Cameron's career has centred on sci-fi – basically everything he's done has been in the genre, apart from 'True Lies' and 'Titanic'. His work includes such classics as 'Aliens', 'The Abyss' and the aforementioned 'Terminator' and 'Avatar' franchises.

"When I was a kid, I basically read any book with a spaceship on the cover and I saw '2001: a Space Odyssey' many, many times," he said in a statement.

About '2001', he added: "I liked the special effects, but I really loved the ideas and the questions behind them: How will the world end? Will technology destroy us? What does it mean to be human?"

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