Samit Basu is an Indian novelist, film director and screenwriter.
Samit’s most recent novel, The City Inside, an anti-dystopian novel set in Delhi a decade from now, was published by Tordorcom in 2022 and was on the lists for The Washington Post and Book Riot Best SFF books of 2022. It was previously published in India as Chosen Spirits by Simon and Schuster India in 2020, and shortlisted for The JCB Prize for literature.
In books, Samit is best known for his fantasy and science fiction work. His first novel, The Simoqin Prophecies, published by Penguin India in 2003, when Samit was 23, was the first book in the bestselling Gameworld Trilogy. The other books in the trilogy are The Manticore’s Secret and The Unwaba Revelations. Simoqin was also published in translation in Germany and Sweden.
Samit’s first US/UK crossover happened with the superhero novels Turbulence and Resistance. Turbulence was published by Titan Books in the UK in 2012 and in the US in 2013, and won Wired‘s Goldenbot Award. Its sequel, Resistance, was published in the UK/US in 2014.
Samit also writes for younger readers: other works include the Adventures of Stoob series and Terror on the Titanic. He’s also published short stories for adults and younger readers in Indian and international anthologies, and has been a columnist and essayist in several leading Indian and international publications.
Samit also works as a film director and screenwriter. His debut film, House Arrest, was released as part of Netflix’s International Originals in 2019, and was one of Netflix’s top 5 most viewed Indian films that year. He wrote the film and co-directed it with Shashanka Ghosh.
In comics, Samit’s work ranges from historical romance to zombie comedy, and includes diverse collaborators, such as The Girl With All The Gifts/X-Men writer MR Carey and Grant Morrison.
Samit was born in Calcutta, educated in Calcutta and London, and currently works between Delhi and Mumbai. He runs a newsletter, Duck of Dystopia, and can be found on social media at @samitbasu , and at samitbasu.com
Contact: samitbasu(DOT)work(AT)gmail. Film agent: Tulsea (Mumbai/LA). Books agent: Fox Literary (NY).