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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Matt Lucas Hosts Singing Competition for Bookshop Owners

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In October, Matt Lucas releases his memoirs Little Me: My Life from A-Z and to celebrate he’s hosting a little competition for bookshop owners.

Canongate who are publishing the memoirs are hosting a singing competition at their website right now and to enter bookshop owners must film themselves singing and send it in. The winner will have Matt Lucas visit their shop on December 5th to sign copies of Little Me. Read More

BBC Documentary to Air on the History of Magic to Mark Potter Anniversary

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A BBC documentary on the History of Magic from the world of Harry Potter is to air on BBC 2. Harry Potter: A History of Magic will show as part of an Arts series that takes a look at the lives of artists and their inspiration.

The series will follow the 20th anniversary exhibition at the British Library starting in late October where the public will be able to access ancient texts, artefacts and artwork. The documentary will unveil all things magical, the history and myths that inspired the Potterverse, magical objects and the folklore at the heart of the Harry Potter series. Read More

Be Still My Heart: David Tennant Is To Star in Good Omens!

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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. was written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, and published in 1990.

The fantasy-comedy novel is the story of the birth of the Antichrist (the son of Satan), and the bringing about of the End of Times. Written in a way that only Pratchett and Gaiman can- with wit, humour, and intelligence, the novel has previously been adapted for BBC radio.

Over the years there have been talks about a movie version of Good Omens, directed by Terry Gilliam, but after issues with funding (or lack thereof), and red tape with Hollywood ‘suits’, the film unfortunately never came to fruition.

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ITV To Make A ‘Less Bonnet-y’ Pride and Prejudice.

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Most fans of Pride and Prejudice will remember the 1995 BBC adaptation starring Colin Firth as Mr Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet.

Especially that scene where Mr Darcy is all damp from his swim… *swoon*

Anyway, good news everybody! British television company ITV have announced they are producing another remake of the classic book, with a few adjustments to the frills and corsets we all recognise from period dramas.

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Book Themed Burgers on Bob’s Burgers Season 1 – 5.

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Bob’s Burgers is an animated sitcom set in a fictional seaside community and surrounds the Belcher family who run the local burger restaurant. The Belchers are Bob and Linda- the parents- and their children Tina (obsessed with butts and ponies), Gene (the goofball and musical fart machine), and Louise (possibly a psychotic evil genius).

The family restaurant, Bob’s Burgers, is run by the whole family and everyone helps where they can from refilling napkin dispensers to repeatedly sitting on new chairs to release the squeaky fart noises before customers can use them.

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Rick and Morty Creator, Dan Harmon, Is Working on a TV Adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s The Sirens of Titan

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Dan Harmon is best known for creating the hugely popular cartoon Rick and Morty which deals with philosophical ideas through the lens of a naive young boy named Morty going on adventures through space with his alcoholic, cynical grandfather named Rick. With season three well in its way, it seems Harmon is now working on a television adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel The Sirens of Titan. Read More



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