Sherlock in SFF panel ‘reading’ list

Yesterday I was moderated an Eastercon panel on Sherlock Holmes in Science Fiction and Fantasy. The panellists were fabulous: Fran Dowd, D.C., Nik Vincent and Aliette de Bodard. The conversation was fun, informative and enaging; thanks everyone.

With such knowledgable panelists, lots of properties were mentioned. I hope that I’ve captured all of the, but if I haven’t, please let me know!

The Tea-Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

The Case of the Scented Lady by Nik Vincent, in Further Associates of Sherlock Holmes ed. George Mann

Hagar of the Pawn Shop by Fergus Hume

Miss Sherlock (TV- available from Amazon Prime in the UK)

Doctor Who- DC discussed the 4th Doctor whose costume at times echoed Holmes’ deerstalker and caped Ulster coat and the Master as a Moriarty figure

Arsene Lupin, the Gentleman Thief by Maurice Leblanc, particularly the stories featuring “Herlock Shomes”

The Irregulars (TV- available from Netflix UK)

The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventure of the Creeping Man by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

Judge Dee (Di Renjie) starting with The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee (Dee Gong’An) by “Buti zhuanren” trans. Robert van Gulik who went on to write his own sequels

Madame Vastra from Doctor Who. Big Finish, the audio drama company, has produced stories about Mme Vastra, Jenny and Strax solving supernatural crimes.

Sexton Blake, who was also a Baker St consulting detective

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett as the archetypal Holmes (in my opinion) (TV- streaming on Britbox)

Elementary- we particularly liked the character of Joan Watson (TV- streaming on Amazon Prime)

Rivals of Sherlock Holmes collected by Nick Rennison

Thanks again to D. C., Fran, Nik and Aliette, and the great programme and tech teams who made this panel happen!

5 thoughts on “Sherlock in SFF panel ‘reading’ list

  1. There was also the Cumberbatch/Freeman Sherlock, where Dr Watson is young, very much a modern army doctor, injured in the line of duty and missing that life. He loves the chase scenes, and shooting at people. Not grumbling away in his sleep in a comfy armchair.


  2. Something I meant to mention and didn’t is that a lodestone for me of the short story screen versions is where they go with Scandal in Bohemia. It’s of its time in the subject matter, it introduces Irene Adler but she’s not a master criminal, she’s a clever demi-mondaine with an eye to the main chance. With the late Victorian / Edwardian acceptance of aristocrat’s mistresses, she must have been a familiar character. Sherlock’s role is to maintain the status quo by stealing potential blackmail material from her. By the time we hit the Cumberbatch Sherlock she is a dominatrix with access to all kinds of political secrets, part of a powerful criminal / terrorist network, bent on seducing him.


    • I’ve been reading Lavie Tidhar’s Adler comic. So far there hasn’t been many references to Holmes, but I’m fascinated to see what he does with it!


    • I’d disagree with the “eye to a main chance” interpretation of Adler. The Crown Prince of Bohemia is a bit of a creep, to put it mildly, and in my eyes it becomes clear that Adler’s hanging on to the picture for protection from him, not extortion. Watson, as per usual, is oblivious. Adler’s clever, but her main aim in life isn’t money, it’s her happiness. The St John’s Wood location is great because at the time it was written, it was both a respectable upper-middle class suburb *and* the place where people stashed their mistresses. There’s an ambiguity there that Doyle plays with, just as the prince’s story gets very ragged indeed as the tale progresses. By the end, I was in no doubt that Adler was relieved to have got away from central Europe.


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