What Story Did You Recognize As An Important Work Of Art Right Away?

Sometimes, it takes decades or longer for something to be recognized as a timeless, vitally important artwork. Great art stands the test of time after all. But sometimes, you see something and just know immediately that it's a great life-changing artwork. Which science fiction or fantasy story did you recognize as… » 10/21/14 1:15pm 10/21/14 1:15pm

The final episode of Black Mirror gives you Big Brother for the social media age

Last night marked the final episode in the second series of Black Mirror, the ultra-dark UK show that explores the future of media. This series, like the first, was a set of three short stories (we reviewed the first episode here), each set in the near future. Though this second series was more uneven than the first… » 2/26/13 11:34pm 2/26/13 11:34pm

Dystopian British series Black Mirror returns to twist the knife

Last year, writer and satirist Charlie Brooker awed us and basically ripped our guts out with the first season of Black Mirror, a three-episode series of short stories set in troubling, media-saturated futures. Now he's back with season two, whose first episode, "Be Right Back," aired last night on Channel 4. It was… » 2/12/13 4:59pm 2/12/13 4:59pm

Can you tell the difference between this Black Mirror trailer and a Microsoft ad?

The intense creepiness of this trailer for season two of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror is only amped up by the fact that it resembles any number of ads for consumer electronics and internet whizbangery. By the time you get to the slogan — "The future is broken" — you're already feeling the horrible dystopian vibe.… » 1/28/13 11:20am 1/28/13 11:20am

First Details About Black Mirror Season 2!

The first three episodes of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror were among the coolest television I've ever watched, and images and ideas from those three one-hour playlets often pop into my head at inopportune moments. So there's no way to overstate my excitement for the second batch of three episodes, coming sometime… » 1/22/13 12:27pm 1/22/13 12:27pm

Black Mirror is television science fiction at its best

Aired late last year in the UK, the short anthology series Black Mirror is one of the best works of science fiction I've seen on television in a long time. All three episodes, set in near and distant futures, are about how we integrate new technologies into the most intimate parts of our lives, often with hideous… » 1/18/12 4:00pm 1/18/12 4:00pm

Zombies Invade, and the Only Safe Place is a Reality TV House

Though some might say that zombies already inhabit reality TV shows like Britain's smash hit Big Brother, a new show called Dead Set is taking that claim to the next level. Produced by the same company that makes Big Brother, the (fictional, scripted) show takes place in the Big Brother house as massive zombie… » 8/22/08 1:51pm 8/22/08 1:51pm