Samit Basu is an Indian novelist 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 and marked the beginning of Indian English fantasy writing. The other books in the trilogy are The Manticore’s Secret and The Unwaba Revelations.
Samit’s global breakthrough happened with the superhero novels Turbulence and Resistance. Turbulence was published in the UK in 2012 and in the US in 2013 to rave reviews. It won Wired‘s Goldenbot Award as one of the books of 2012 and was superheronovels.com’s Book of the Year for 2013. Its sequel, Resistance was published in the UK/US in 2014 and was just as well received. A Spanish translation for Mexico has been commissioned.
Samit also writes for younger readers: other works include the Adventures of Stoob series and Terror on the Titanic, a YA historical fantasy. 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 screenwriter and director. His debut film, House Arrest, will be released as part of Netflix’s International Originals this winter. He wrote and co-directed the film. He is also set to be a consultant producer on an upcoming adaption of his novel Turbulence, which has been optioned by Wonder Films and Chaotic Neutral Entertainment, LA, with John Rogers attached as showrunner and Guneet Monga (Oscar winner, Period-End of Sentence) as Indian producer.
Samit’s work in comics ranges from historical romance to zombie comedy, and includes diverse collaborators, from Girl With All The Gifts/X-Men writer MR Carey to Terry Gilliam and Duran Duran.