Rod Serling, “The Lonely”

The Twilight Zone

“On a microscopic piece of sand that floats through space is a fragment of a man’s life. Left to rust is the place he lived in and the machines he used. Without use, they will disintegrate from the wind and the sand and the years that act upon them. All of Mr. Corry’s machines – including the one made in his image, kept alive by love, but now obsolete – in the Twilight Zone.”

-Rod Serling, “The Lonely”, The Twilight Zone (1959)

Rod Serling, “Eye of the Beholder”, The Twilight Zone (1960)

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“Now the questions that come to mind. Where is this place and when is it? What kind of world where ugliness is the norm and beauty the deviation from that norm? You want an answer? The answer is, it doesn’t make any difference.

Because the old saying happens to be true: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, in this year or a hundred years hence, on this planet or wherever there is human life, perhaps out amongst the stars. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. A lesson to be learned— in The Twilight Zone.”

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The Twilight Zone’s crew looks on as Rod Serling performs his on-camera narration for the episode Static (1961) (via)

“As I grow older, the urge to write gets less and less. I’ve pretty much spewed out everything I have to say, none of which has been particularly monumental. I’ve written articulate stuff, reasonably bright stuff over the years, but nothing that will stand the test of time. The good writing, like wine, has to age well with the years, and my stuff is momentarily adequate.”

-Serling, 1972 (via)