As a huge sci-fi fan, I’m always on the look out for a new mind-bending TV show to dive into (especially if it’s inspired by an awesome book!). But every once in a while a sci-fi show flies right under my radar. Maybe that’s because the bigger networks rarely tackle a huge science fiction drama, or maybe it’s just because sci-fi has always been slightly regulated to cult status rather than a part of the mainstream. Regardless, sometimes I need to educate myself on the best hidden science fiction shows out there. If they’re based on my favorite books, all the better.
Here’s a list of sci-fi shows you probably aren’t watching, but most definitely should be –- plus, a couple of books that definitely need to be made into a TV show ASAP:
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles), Marissa Meyer (Feiwel & Friends, 2012)
Meyer’s beloved young adult series mixes fairy tale myths with science fiction elements like cyborgs, mutations, and androids. Book one tells the story of Cinder (based on Cinderella), a cyborg who’s treated like a second class citizen before eventually falling for Prince Kai. With each new book, the Lunar Chronicles introduces us to more sci-fi fairy tale characters and builds on their intergalactic struggles. The latest, Fairest, was published in February and explains the life and rise of the evil Queen Levana. I can definitely see this series is as an epic sci-fi show -– think Once Upon a Time meets Battlestar Galactica. That is one mash up I would never want to miss.
The City of Mirrors (The Passage Trilogy), Justin Cronin (Ballantine Books, 2016)
I love a good post-apocalyptic tale, and Cronin’s Passage series is one of the best: a government experiment goes horribly wrong, releasing a vampire-like virus that threatens to destroy the world. Throughout the series, Cronin takes you through the apocalypse itself to the aftermath and the daily struggle it takes to survive. The Walking Dead has proven that TV can handle a giant, devastating apocalyptic event and what comes next. Instead of zombies, I think it’s time for a little horrific vampire-action to hit our screens.