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Rod Serling's Thoughts About Children's Imagination Make for a Lovely Animation

Thanks to PBS Digital Studios and its series Blank on Blank, we have this beautiful animation of an interview with The Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling. His ideas about science fiction, children, and imagination all get expressed in a wonderful way.


The interview is from 1963, with Serling explaining the show on an Australian radio show. In addition to talking about The Twilight Zone and his own childhood, he also talked about why he was glad kids were fans of the show, saying, “The most unfettered imagination belongs to young people. And they don’t walk through life, they fly.”

He also explained that it was this imagination, fueled by science fiction, that led to the the great leaps in science being made in the 60s:

And that’s the reason we have astronauts orbiting now. And that’s why we’re planning a trip to the moon. People talk about science fiction being very far out and very wild. I don’t think it’s any of these things.

Everything we see in the way of space travel, space concept, scientific advancement, medical discoveries was already predicted by some good science fiction 25 years ago.


It’s a great thought to hold into the weekend.

Katharine is the former managing editor of io9.

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Blank on Blank is so great. In the Bradbury episode, his little comments on friendship could maybe bring a tear to one’s eye (much like Serling’s “they don’t walk they fly”).