After becoming a hit in the UK, Channel 4’s Black Mirror started streaming worldwide on Netflix in late 2014. Charlie Brooker’s sci-fi anthology show became a huge international hit, even prompting a new season to be released on Netflix, with a further two currently in development.
Charlie Brooker recently announced on Twitter that there would be a Black Mirror collection in “high-tech ‘paper’ format”, more commonly known as a book. In celebration of its impending release, we take a look the best Black Mirror you can buy, as well as more from Charlie Brooker.
Black Mirror Volume 1 (Hardcover) [No Longer Available]
Charlie Brooker took to Twitter to announce that he would be editing a collection of stories to appear in a Black Mirror anthology. Although there has not been any word yet on the authors involved, a release date of 22nd February 2018 has been set. If you pre-order to receive the book on release day, as well as benefiting from Amazon’s Pre-order Price Guarantee.
The first two series of Black Mirror aired on Channel 4, and became a sleeper hit. They received almost universal critical acclaim for depicting the near futures we may be accidentally walking into. It has even attracted a lot of comment for seeming to predict the election of Donald Trump, as well as David Cameron and the, well… yeah. If you prefer to go digital, you could always buy or rent the original collection on Amazon Video.
Before Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker dipped his toe into television with Dead Set, a satirical horror series. It takes place inside the Big Brother house, as the housemates and production staff attempt to shelter and defend themselves from the zombie outbreak happening outside. Incidentally, the series was produced by Endemol, who produce the actual Big Brother series.
A Touch of Cloth is a collaboration between Charlie Brooker and Daniel Maier. Rather than attempting to terrify us about the state of the modern world, Brooker and Maier look to make us laugh in this comedy police procedural which originally aired between 2012 and 2014.
Prior to his career as a purveyor of science fiction, Charlie Brooker cut his teeth as a journalist. From his beginnings as a gaming writer, he made the transition into a current affairs satirist. I Can Make You Hate is a collection of columns he wrote for The Guardian as well as scripts from The 10 O’Clock Show and his Wipe series.
If dystopian fiction is what you are looking for, and you can’t wait for Black Mirror to return, then Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is a great substitute. Set in a near-future US where women are subjugated, the novel explores themes of female oppression and their struggle for independence. It was recently turned into a television show courtesy of Hulu, but is available to watch in the UK on Channel 4.