All aboard the One-percenter Express?

Nice to see some semi-original science fiction content is still trickling through the streams, even in lock-down.

Enter Snowpiercer, on track left, steaming into Netflix. The science-fiction TV series of a Korean film based on a French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige.

The bonkers movie was by Bong Joon-ho of Parasite fame – the last movie I saw before Covid knee-capped all the cinemas – an Alice in Wonderland trip through an armoured ark-train carrying the last scrapings of humanity after a failed attempt at climate engineering to halt global warming has produced a Snowball Earth.

Given the film is more or less a one-trick Pony relying on its weird premise to draw class distinctions between the future and our current ‘Let them eat Cake’ societal set-up, I was curiously wondering how they’d draw the film out to TV series length?

Well, the answer is, let’s make it a murder mystery!

In the first episode, Daveed Diggs stars as Andre Layton: an ex-homicide detective who usually spends his days tending to his cage of food rats at the tail end of the train. That is, until he called by Melanie Cavill, the Tannoy Announcer of the Train, to help solve a murder due to Layton’s former profession as a cop.

Layton, while trying to negotiate better conditions for his friends, is reunited with his bitter ex-wife who is naturally also one of the suspects. After the Tailies revolt, they are talked down by Layton who agrees to help solve the murder while secretly plotting to infiltrate the front of the train to plan the next rebellion.
All fairly engaging so far. Murder on the 1%-er Express? I can live with that.

All aboard the One-percenter Express?
All aboard the One-percenter Express?


I am an author of various fantasy, science fiction, crime and other genre books from Gollancz, Hachette and HarperCollins. Some day I hope to grow up and be an astronaut. Exploring Mars would be nice.

One thought on “All aboard the One-percenter Express?

  • June 11, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    Your book download page isn’t working. (Sorry, you’ve missed out a field for the reply’s name!) When I tried to download the free novella, I just get a screen blank apart from ‘API Key Not Working’ in the middle. The download never happens.

    Just thought you ought to know before you get any complaints. BTW – I thought steampunk was invented by KW Jeter and William Gibson? Thought Jeter coined the name based on Gibson’s cyberpunk books, am I wrong in that?

    Yours puzzledly


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