Though science fiction certainly existed prior to the surge of television in the 1950s, the genre quickly established roots in the new medium and flourished in subsequent decades. In Channeling the Future: Essays on Science Fiction and Fantasy Television, Lincoln Geraghty has assembled a collection of essays that focuses on the disparate visions of the past, present, and future offered by science fiction and fantasy television since the 1950s and that continue into the present day.
The twelve essays in this collection examine aspects of sci-fi and fantasy television, from the recurring desert landcape of The Twilight Zone to the gritty aesthetic of the rebooted Battlestar Galactica. With the exception of Laurel Forster's far-ranging essay on the scientist in sci-fi television (relating it to, among other things, the progression of the UK women's rights movement), most essays will lose much impact for those who haven't seen the program under discussion. All, however, seem to build to editor Geraghty's chapter on Futurama, where the previously discussed conventions are finally set on their head. For fanboys of one or more, however, this volume should provide illuminating context.