Are you a fan of Black Mirror? This popular anthology television series explores the potential impact of modern and near-future technology on our world in creative and shocking ways. It hooked me from the first season in 2011, and although some episodes and seasons have been better than others, I’m waiting eagerly to see when the next season will appear. If, like me, you’ve seen all the episodes (and interactive movie Bandersnatch!) and are looking for something to fill the Black Mirror gap in your life, I have some book suggestions coming right up!
Ready to see my picks?
Science fiction thriller Recursion is rooted in science and then asks, what if? Specifically, what might happen if we could go back and experience memories over again? This is skillfully structured, alternating between the perspectives of New York City policeman Barry as he stumbles into an investigation of a phenomenon being dubbed False Memory Syndrome and neuroscientist Helena Smith as she attempts to create new technology that will allow us to experience significant memories over and over again. These two points of view ultimately collide in an outcome that is thrilling and compulsively readable.
The Passengers takes place in the near future when self-driving cars are becoming the norm. When someone hacks into the systems of eight of these cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course. And the public must judge who should survive. Fast paced and full of twists and turns, this will leave you wondering if technology is always as good as it seems.
Charlie and his friends are invited to play The God Game, in which, if you win, all your dreams come true. But if you lose, you die. The missions they are tasked with start small and are fairly harmless, even if morally or ethically questionable. Over time, the choices they are presented with become more difficult to make. This deals with questions of morality on multiple levels while providing compulsive entertainment.
So, there you have three book recommendations based on the television show Black Mirror! Are you a Black Mirror fan? Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts on them?