Stephen King offers praise for new Netflix sci-fi series
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Stephen King offers praise for new Netflix sci-fi series

In recent times, it looks as though Stephen King has been making his way through the catalogue of TV programmes that Netflix has to offer because, once again, he’s shown his admiration for one of the streaming service’s shows.

King has given much to the realm of science fiction over the years, and now he’s heaped praise on the Netflix show 3 Body Problem, the adaptation of Liu Cixin’s sci-fi novel of the same name.

Created by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, 3 Body Problem tells of the consequences of a decision made in China in the 1960s that comes to threaten the existence of the world in 2024. The show sees the likes of Liam Cunningham, Jovan Adepo, Benedict Wong and several other stars perform.

On Twitter, King shared his impression of the 3 Body Problem, writing, “Extraordinary science fiction series–sprawling, thought-provoking, immersive. The scenes of ‘first contact’ are chilling and awe-inspiring.”

As of yet, 3 Body Problem hasn’t been renewed for a second season, even though it has received positive reviews and high viewing numbers.

In an interview with Collider, Benioff and D.B. Weiss spoke of the prospects of bringing more seasons of 3 Body Problem to Netflix. “There are three books. The first season roughly follows the arc of the first book, and the second season would probably roughly follow the second book,” the duo noted. “

Benioff and Weiss added, “The third book is massive. It’s twice as long, I think, as the other two books, so maybe that’s one season, maybe it’s two. But I think we’d need at least three, maybe four seasons to tell the whole story.”

The latest comments from King arrive after he recently given his praise to another Netflix show, Richard Gadd’s Baby Reindeer, which the author found analogues with his thriller novel Misery, writing in The Times, “My first thought was to thank God my novel came first, or people would assume I’d stolen it.”

The element King liked most about Baby Reindeer was the speed with which its narrative was revealed. “Unlike most streaming series’ episodes, which can feel bloated at 50 minutes, the episodes of Baby Reindeer, each about 30 minutes, are like short, swift stabs administered by a very sharp knife,” the writer shared.