8 Bio-Punk Books to Try if you Love Orphan Black

Have you been watching Orphan Black on Netflix? The fifth and final series airs on 11th June and I’m going to miss it so much when it’s over. I’ll loved watching the escapades of Sarah Manning and her sestras as they unlock the secrets of their own clone biology.

As the series is now coming to an end, I thought I’d look for something to fill the void and have come up with 10 bio-punk books well worth reading if you loved Orphan Black!

The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G Wells

We couldn’t talk about Orphan Black and bio-punk without a mention for the book that is integral to the series. If Jules Verne had no idea what steampunk was, then we suspect H.G Wells also had never heard of bio-punk, but that doesn’t stop The Island of Dr Moreau topping the genre for us.

Island of Dr. Moreau US
Island of Dr. Moreau UK

Submit a Review

Unwind – Neal Shusterman

America, the second civil war and the pro-life and pro-choice armies have finally come to an agreement. Abortion is illegal, at least until the 51st trimester, the trouble is you’ll have a teenager by then!

Unwind US
Unwind UK

Read a Review

The Child Garden – Geoff Ryman

It’s future London and humans have evolved to photosynthesis, viruses are prevalent and few people live past 40. Meet Milena, like Sarah Manning she’s immune to it all looking for a place in the world.

The Child Garden US
The Child Garden UK

Submit a Review?

Leviathan – Scott Westerfield

If Steampunk was the new genre of the 20th century then bio-punk is the new genre for the 21st century. Leviathan combines the two in the first book of this brilliant trilogy full of steampunk machines and genetically modified monsters.

Leviathan US
Leviathan UK

Submit a Review



Octavia E. Butler – Dawn

Lilith awakes to find she’s been asleep for centuries and is aboard the vast spaceship the Oankali who have saved everyone from dying and are now ready to return the human race to earth, at a price!

Octavia E. Butler US
Octavia E. Butler UK

Submit a Review?

Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood

Maybe Orphan Black’s big appeal is that the genetic engineering plays second place to the story, of family, lives, and love. If you agree then it’s likely you’ll love Oryx and Crake, adventure romance with a side of bio-punk.

Oryx and Crake US
Oryx and Crake UK

Submit a Review

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

Like Oryx and Crake, Never Let Me Go looks at the very human side of people bred or created solely for one reason, taking medicine to the next level it’s sure to break your heart.

Never Let Me Go US
Never Let Me Go UK

Read a Review

The Windup Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi

One of the New People, Emiko isn’t a normal girl, she’s genetically engineered and programmed to fill the whims of her client. New People are slaves, soldiers and toys of the rich, but is this right?

The Windup Girl US
The Windup Girl UK

Submit a Review?

Sense8, Bookshops and Some Reading Recommendations

By | Discussion and Recommendations, Television | No Comments
Is anyone else really sad that Sense8 is over? The Netflix show was a science-fiction drama created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski (of Matrix fame) following the lives of eight strangers from around the world linked by a sense of mental and emotional telepathy.

While a science fiction show, the series was very grounded in real issues such as race, sex, gender, and religion featuring a multi-national cast, various sexualities and a transgender character, played by a transgender actor (yay!).

I absolutely loved it, and I know much of the team did too and brilliant storylines aside, I loved the fact that Amanita, played by Freema Agyeman worked at the City Lights Bookstore, meaning it was featured in various episodes. And if you were hanging out for more bookstore references there was a second one with a mention for Shakespeare and Co in the finale too! Read More

Season 6 of OITNB is Coming – and the Trailer is Here!

By | Adaptations, News, Television, Video | No Comments
The new season of Orange is the New Black (OITNB) is coming and the release date is announced as 27th July. The Netflix series which follows the life of Piper Chapman and the other prisoners at Lichfield Prison is based on the memoir of the same name, but fans of the memoir and the show will be aware that the show has gone ‘off page’, meaning it’s no longer true to the memoir.

That isn’t stopping us from lapping it up of course and if you’ve been eagerly awaiting season 6 then here’s the trailer.  Read More

Mary Shelley to Be the Focus of ‘Genius’ Season 3

By | Authors, News, Television | No Comments
In 2017, National Geographic launched a new TV series called Genius, which explores the lives of famed historical figures one might well label a genius. The first season followed Albert Einstein, the second Pablo Picasso, and it has now been confirmed that a third season is in the works and will follow the gothic writer Mary Shelley.

“Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein left an indelible mark on generations of imaginations,” said Carolyn Bernstein, EVP, global development and production for National Geographic Global Networks. “Equally inspiring is the story of Shelley’s relentless innovation, coupled with her desire to live on her own unconventional terms despite immense societal and cultural obstacles.” Read More

‘Stranger Things’ Books and Novels Are on Their Way

By | New Releases, Television | No Comments
Stranger Things is the hit sci-fi horror series which made its debut on Netflix in 2016. The show was met with critical acclaim and a second season was released in 2017. A third season is currently in the works, but if you’re in desperate need of a Stranger Things fix, then you’ll be pleased to learn that a number of Stranger Things books are set to be released. Read More

‘Sharp Objects’ Official Trailer Released

By | Adaptations, News, Television, Video | No Comments
Last month HBO, released the first teaser trailer for its mini-series adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s debut novel Sharp Objects. The series will star Amy Adams as Camille Preaker, a journalist who returns to her hometown to cover a series of brutal murders. As we reported, a teaser trailer was released earlier this year in April, and now HBO has released a full length trailer to get you excited. Read More

Neil Patrick Harris Announces That the Final Season for ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Has Finished Filming

By | Adaptations, Children's Literature, News, Television | No Comments
Last year, Netflix released the first season of its adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. The show was well received upon its debut and many fans praised Neil Patrick Harris’ portrayal of the evil Count Olaf. The second season was released earlier this year in March and the third and final series is set to be released next year. Read More



Leave a Reply