AUTHOR OF THE WEEK, January 3, Monday
(Screenwriter, Playwrite, Television Producer, Narrator of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror)
“Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science Fiction is the improbable made possible.”
“I find that, within the framework of the science fiction or fantasy genres, the use of travelling back in time is a very effective way of producing contrasts, of producing contrasts, of producing a kind of free-wheeling storytelling device.”
“I take off and write out of a sense of desperate compulsion.”
“The instinct of creativity must be followed by the act. The physical act of putting it down for a sense of permanence.”
“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man … a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination.”
Rod Serling (1924 to 1975) was one of the most talented storytellers of our modern times. Well known for his science-fiction anthology TV series, The Twilight Zone, he won a 1955 Emmy Award for his script Patterns, a 1957 Emmy for his script Requiem for a Heavyweight, and a 1959 Emmy for The Twilight Zone. He was also co-author of The Planet of the Apes. Serling taught dramatic writing at Ithaca College in New York.
In his youth he enlisted in the U.S. Army the morning after his high school graduation, fought in World War II, and earned the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Philippine Liberation Medal.
Rod Serling died at age 50 after heart surgery.
Interview with Rod Serling, University of Kansas, by James Gunn
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