Black Mirror, the popular TV and Netflix series known for focusing on high-tech futuristic themes, is about to get a very low-tech spin. Charlie Brooker, the English satirist responsible for the writing and concepts behind the sci-fi show, recently announced to BBC that he will be the editor of three anthology volumes to be published in what he calls a “high-tech ‘paper’ format.”
Brooker has been pushing the envelope with his satirical writing since the early ’90s, and made the move to television in the early ’00s with non-fiction work about technology and television. His fascination with modern technology, especially the personal kind that most people use daily in their own homes and lives, grew along with the technology itself and culminated in the 2011 debut of Black Mirror. While each episode has its own unique characters, setting and reality, a connecting thread of dystopian euphoria winds its way throughout the series, exploring the ways personal technology affects our world both for better and worse. As Brooker himself put it to The Guardian, “If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side-effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror, my new drama series, is set.” He goes on to explain that the title itself refers to the shiny dark screens of televisions, computers and smartphones, reflecting humanity wherever we go.
The new book series, set to be published in February of 2018, will require no black mirror to enjoy and will consist of novellas written by various authors and edited by Brooker. The satirist seems excited about this lateral move in format, remarking drolly that “Apparently, you just have to glance at some sort of ink code printed on paper and images and sounds magically appear in your head, enacting the story. Sounds far-fetched to me, but we’ll see.”