Anne Heche and Russell Porter by Bob Akester/ABC Anne Heche and Russell Porter by Bob Akester/ABC

ABC's Masters of Science Fiction anthology series, announced what seems like light-years ago, will finally hit the airwaves during the dog days of August. The lineup - slashed from six installments to four - is as follows:

August 4: "A Clean Escape," based on Nebula Award-winning author John Kessel's short story about a postapocalyptic psychiatrist ( Judy Davis) determined to solve a man's ( Sam Waterston) apparent memory lapse.

August 11: "The Awakening," based on a short story by Howard Fast, starring Terry O'Quinn, Elisabeth Rohm and William B. Davis, and concerning Baghdad-based soldiers' discovery of a "mysterious casualty."

August 18: "Jerry Was a Man," based on the Robert Heinlein story about an affluent couple ( Anne Heche and Malcolm McDowell) who acquire an anthropoid.

August 25: "The Discarded," based on the short story by seven-time Hugo Award winner, three-time Nebula Award winner, and Science Fiction Grand Master Laureate Harlan Ellison, directed by Jonathan Frakes, and starring James Denton, John Hurt and Brian Dennehy.