Emmy winner Charlie Brooker taps Canadians Cory Doctorow & Sylvain Neuvel for 1st Black Mirror collection

Charlie Brooker announced that Doctorow, Neuvel and London-based writer Claire North will author the first volume of Black Mirror fiction.
Canadians Cory Doctorow (left) and Sylvain Neuvel have been selected by Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker to write original stories for the first collection of Black Mirror fiction. (Paula Mariel Salischiker/James Andrew Rosen)

Charlie Brooker, who picked up two Emmy Awards for his TV series Black Mirror on Sunday, announced that Canadians Cory Doctorow and Sylvain Neuvel, along with London-based writer Claire North, will author the first volume of Black Mirror fiction, due out in February 2018.

Black Mirror, an original series on Netflix, is an anthology-style sci-fi show — each episode features a new cast in a different future potential reality, facing the consequences of accelerated technology. The episode "San Junipero," the fourth episode of the third season, won two Emmys at the 2017 awards show: outstanding made for television movie and outstanding writing for a limited series, movie, or dramatic special for Brooker.

Doctorow, Neuvel and North have been tapped by Brooker to each write novella-length original stories in the show's mind-bending style. Their stories will be collected for the first of three planned volumes.

Doctorow is one of Canada's most celebrated sci-fi writers. His books include the New York Times bestseller Little Brother and his most recent title Walkawaywhich won the DragonCon's Dragon Award for best apocalyptic novel.

Montreal-based Neuvel is the author of Sleeping Gods and Waking Gods, the former of which has been optioned by Sony Pictures for development into film and was translated into 20 languages. His next book, Only Human, comes out in May 2018 and completes the Themis Files trilogy.

Claire North is a bestselling author based in London. Her books include The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and The End of the Day.

"All-new Black Mirror stories from exciting authors — that's a joyous prospect," said Brooker in a press release.

"And they're appearing in a high-tech new format known as a 'book'. 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."

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