A sci-fi anthology featuring adaptations of works by noted writers begins with John Kessel's 1986 short story “A Clean Escape,” in which a psychiatrist questions a distinguished-looking man with a memory lapse that troubles her considerably more than it troubles him. In fact, he still thinks it's 2007, not 2031.
A retired U.S. military UFO investigator called back when troops in Iraq are unable to identify “corpses” that don't seem human...or dead. Eye contact with them causes instant catatonia, but their victims aren't traumatized. “It's like they're in a state of bliss,” says a stumped military doctor.
A rich woman living in 2077 leases a soon-to-be-destroyed anthropoid from the genetic engineer who designed it. Or is it really a human? The question ends up in court, and it's a life-or-death matter for Jerry.
The season ends with Harlan Ellison's “The Discarded.” An emissary from Earth arrives on a spacecraft loaded with disfigured outcasts and offers their leader an opportunity for the group to return home. But there's a catch: They'll have to donate their blood first, because it's needed as an inoculation against a new outbreak of the disease that caused their disfigurement.
In the future, a man argues for his life in a courtroom of computer generated judge and jury.
In a future where law enforcement has become more and more computerized, flying droids called Watchbirds patrol the streets, and stop crimes before they can occur.