Science Fiction Storytelling, Since Mary Wollstencraft 's Frankenstein

2492 Words Nov 24th, 2016 10 Pages
Science Fiction storytelling, since Mary Wollstencraft’s Frankenstein in 1818, has always tapped into anxieties people did not know they had. Black Mirror, a Sci-Fi anthology television series by British writer, Charles Brooker, does not deviate from this technique, but, instead, appears to do a better job than its predecessors. It explores the dark consequences that result from human use of technology. In an article written for the New York Times, Brooker explains how his series “was inspired indirectly, by The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling’s hugely entertaining TV series of the late 50s and early 60s.” Many critics consider The Twilight Zone to be the most significant Sci-Fi television program of its time (Booker 8). It laid the groundwork for future television shows such as Black Mirror. The two programs have many similar characteristics. They both follow an anthology format which allows for an immense amount of flexibility in their storytelling. With their shows, Brooker and Serling strived to create conversation surrounding contemporary problems in their respective time periods. “In Serling’s day, the atom bomb, civil rights, McCarthyism, psychiatry and the space race were of primary concern. Today, [Brooker writes] about terrorism, the economy, the media, privacy, and our relationship with technology” (Brooker). Where the two differ, however, is in how grounded each is to reality; and, as a result of this disparity, they garner different reactions from their viewers.…

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