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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Is Terry Pratchett’s Discworld coming to our televisions?

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There has been much speculation over the years over whether Terry Pratchett’s Discworld will be heading to our TV screens.

Pratchett’s books have been adapted to film many times since the 1990s; noteably the late, great Christopher Lee starred as Death in both Soul Music (1997) and Wyrd Sisters (1998). Fan-made movie versions of Mort (2001) and Lords and Ladies (2005) showed how Discworld fanatics were not done with it yet, and in 2006 a £6 million version of The Hogfather was adapted into a made-for-TV movie by Sky 1. Hogfather starred David Jason in the role of Albert, and features Terry Pratchett in a brief cameo role as the Toymaker.

Pratchett appeared in two subsequent adaptations- The Colour of Magic (2008) and Going Postal (2010)- playing an astrozoologist and postman respectively.

The question on everyone’s lips since Terry’s death in 2015 is “Will the Discworld grace our screens again?”

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Stephen King’s ‘The Bone Church’ is Coming to Television

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Exciting news for Stephen King fans!

The Bone Church is a narrative poem written by King in the 1960s. It was later revised and published as part of the anthology, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. In the poem an adventurer organises an expedition through the jungle to find the ‘Bone Church’. What they discover is a secret that was never meant to be seen… The tale is narrated by one of the survivors, who exchanges stories for a drink at the bar.

Chris Long and David Ayer’s Cedar Park Entertainment is in charge of producing Stephen King’s The Bone Church for television.

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8 Literary References Found In Family Guy

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Fox’s animated sitcom Family Guy was created by Seth MacFarlane, with its first episode airing on January the 31st 1999. The show follows the antics of the Griffin family and their friends in Quahog, a fictional district of Rhode Island.

The dysfunctional family consists of Peter (father), Lois (mother), Chris (son), Meg (daughter), Stewie (baby son), and Brian their anthropomorphised dog.The show is known for its non-sequitur cutaway scenes, and musical numbers; each episode is a whirlwind of popular culture references, borderline offensive (and at times absolutely offensive)  jokes, and toilet humour. It is often subversive, at times intelligent, but mostly puerile nonsense (which is totally fine- no judgement!)

Having sat through quite a few Family Guy episodes myself, I have noticed its inclusion of literary references in amongst the pop culture. Here are some of what we could find on our travels through Quahog with the Family Guy gang…

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Sci-Fi Novel Altered Carbon Comes To Netflix

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A brand new sci-fi show is arriving at Netflix on the 2nd of February, 2018.

Netflix has been responsible for immersive and exciting new series such as Stranger Things and Sense 8, and is ready to bring us another amazing world to explore.

Adapted from Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 noir science fiction novel, this latest dystopian thriller is set to be a hit. It is based in a world where consciousness is stored digitally, and human bodies (AKA “sleeves”) have become interchangeable, theoretically allowing humans to become immortal.

Check out the trailer below…

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The Lord Of The Rings Reworked For Brand New Television Series

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In surprising news for Tolkien fans, corporation giant Amazon have bought the global television rights to The Lord Of The Rings. 

On Monday 13th of November 2017, Amazon announced they were ready to produce the biggest and most expensive show for their streaming site. Amazon are set to create multiple-seasons of a series that precede Tolkien’s first of the LotR trilogy: “The Fellowship of the Ring,”.

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