Samit Basu

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Samit Basu
Born (1979-12-14) 14 December 1979 (age 42)
Kolkata, India
OccupationNovelist, film director
GenreFantasy, science fiction, superhero, children's, rom-com

Samit Basu (born 14 December 1979) is an Indian novelist and filmmaker whose body of work includes science fiction, fantasy and superhero novels, children's books, graphic novels, short stories, and a Netflix film. His most recent novel, Chosen Spirits, was shortlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature.[1][2][3]

He currently lives and works in Delhi and Mumbai, India.


Born 14 December 1979 in a Bengali family, Basu grew up in Calcutta, where he studied at Don Bosco School, and later Presidency College, Kolkata, where he obtained a degree in Economics. He dropped out of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad to write The Simoqin Prophecies and then went on to complete a course in broadcasting and documentary film-making at the University of Westminster, London.


Basu is the author of the GameWorld Trilogy, The Simoqin Prophecies, The Manticore's Secret and The Unwaba Revelations, a fantasy trilogy published by Penguin Books, India. He gained worldwide presence with the metahuman duology, Turbulence and its sequel Resistance, a superhero novel set in India, Pakistan and England, published by Titan Books.[4] He is also the author of the Adventures of Stoob series of children's books set in Delhi, and Terror on the Titanic a YA novel. In 2020, Chosen Spirits was published by Simon and Schuster. The book is described as 'anti-dystopian'.[5]

The UK publication of Turbulence in 2012 introduced Basu to the West. Wired said "Turbulence has it all… Solid writing, great character development, humor, personal loss, and excellent points to ponder in every chapter." It also won a Wired Geekdad Goldenbot Award[6] and appeared at no.2 on the list of hot new Amazon Science Fiction titles on the week of its release. Since 2013, Basu has also written a series of children's books titled The Adventures of Stoob. Three books have been published so far in the series - Testing Times, A Difficult Stage and Mismatch Mayhem. All three have been illustrated by graphic artist Sunaina Coelho.

Basu is also a comics writer. His initial projects with Virgin Comics were as a writer for Shekhar Kapur's Devi (#3-#10) and The Tall Tales of Vishnu Sharma based on the Panchatantra. Basu also co-wrote Untouchable (comics), a graphic novel with X-Men and Lucifer writer Mike Carey[7] and went on to write UnHoli, an episodic zombie comedy set in and around New Delhi.[8] In 2013, Basu published Local Monsters, a comic/fantasy take about six immigrant monsters living in a house in Delhi, and contributed to 18 Days, a Grant Morrison take on the Mahabharata.

Direction and Screenwriting[edit]

In April 2019, Netflix announced that Basu was a co-director and writer of House Arrest, one of their new International Originals series from India.[9]


Title Series Publisher ISBN Publishing date
The Simoqin Prophecies The Gameworld Trilogy Penguin Books India ISBN 0-14-303043-4 2004
The Manticore's Secret The Gameworld Trilogy Penguin Books India ISBN 0-14-400067-9 2005
The Unwaba Revelations The Gameworld Trilogy Penguin Books India ISBN 0-14-310352-0 2007
Terror on the Titanic - Scholastic ISBN 978-81-8477-460-3 2010
Turbulence Turbulence Titan Books ISBN 978-1-78116-119-7 2012
Resistance Turbulence Titan Books ISBN 1781162492 2013
Testing Times The Adventures Of Stoob Red Turtle ISBN 8129132753 2014
A Difficult Stage The Adventures Of Stoob Red Turtle ISBN 8129134985 2015
Mismatch Mayhem The Adventures Of Stoob Red Turtle ISBN 8129135914 2016
Chosen Spirits - Simon & Schuster ISBN 9386797828 2020


  1. ^ Basu, Samit (28 October 2019). "New Novel alert!". Samit Basu. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  2. ^ Ghosh, Devarsi. "'If there's one successful sci-fi movie, there will be 20 more': 'House Arrest' director Samit Basu". Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  3. ^ Scroll Staff. "JCB Prize: Deepa Anappara, Samit Basu, Dharini Bhaskar, S Hareesh, Annie Zaidi make the shortlist". Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  4. ^ "'No poster and no flag': An interview with Samit Basu". FactorDaily. 11 November 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  5. ^ Bhatt, Neha (9 May 2020). "Samit Basu's new novel, 'Chosen Spirits', describes a best-case scenario for Earth's future". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  6. ^ "New Superhero Novel Lets You Experience Turbulence". 25 September 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Carey Becomes "Untouchable" | CBR". 10 November 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  8. ^ Salkowitz, Rob (6 December 2011). "Liquid Comics Launches Digital Platform To Capture India's Pop-Culture Crazed, Mobile-Connected Youth". Fast Company. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Netflix Expands Indian Slate With 10 Original Films". The Hollywood Reporter. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2020.