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OK, What Sci-Fi Book Would You Like to See as a Movie?

06/11/2018 1:32 PM

We've just been going over the best SF films to date. Now which SF books would you like to see made into a movie? I'll start with one of my favorites "The Door Into Summer."

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06/11/2018 1:51 PM

Setting (the popularity bar) relatively low, I would personally like to a movie of Robert Heinlein's ''Have Spacesuit, Will Travel''...

... and/or an asian sequel to ''The Forbin Project''...

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06/11/2018 7:31 PM

Other than those, I'd like to see ''Con Air 2 (in space)''...

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06/11/2018 7:51 PM

You mean like Airplane II, The sequel.

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06/12/2018 7:24 AM

hah. i like it

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06/11/2018 2:15 PM

The Illustrated Man.

Yeah, already been done, the incoherent storylines of the vignettes bumbled along through the dimly lit painted curtains that passed as scene sets.

The 1969 film doesn’t begin to reveal the crafted short stories that Ray Bradbury quilled for the fans.

Needs Deserves a remake, a re-do, a reboot.

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06/11/2018 2:25 PM

I need some help with my answer because I don't remember the book's name, so maybe someone HERE recalls the title?

Years ago I read a paperback Sci-Fi novel in which a spaceship (a) having a "double name" carried the humans from earth in search for a new world and (b) had robed navigators who chanted (like Catholic monks) memorized star chart tables as they 'worried' galactic navigational beads.

It was only at the story's end that you learned that the "double-name" meant New York, NY, and that earth didn't exist any more...akin to the "Statue of Liberty" realization moment in Planet of the Apes.

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06/12/2018 10:45 AM

Book you are thinking of is "Cities in Flight" by James Blish for the double name NY, NY.

As for the memorized star chart table you might be thinking of "Starman Jones" by RA Heinlein.

My nominations are "Wasp" by EF Russell, "Little Fuzzie" by H Beam Piper and "Bill, the Galactic Hero" by Harry Harrison (at least with a budget of more than $100,000).

'Nuff of this, back to work. (drat)

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06/11/2018 2:47 PM

Mathew Reilly novel "Temple"

is kinda SciFi (not too distant future, but mostly action (The action part is a little out of there) ... similar to the early Indiana Jones movies...

Ice Station is a little better...

Area 7 is good too.

Yes,... I like Mathew Reilly, But if I had to choose one, It would be Arthur C Clarke Rendezvous with Rama for now.... I read that in the 70's as a teenager,... loved it.

Given some time,... I'm sure I can come up with a few others....

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06/11/2018 3:02 PM

This Hollow Earth....

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06/11/2018 3:28 PM

Friday by Robert A. Heinlein With Jamie Lee Curtis as Friday!

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06/11/2018 4:01 PM

An inspired choice, both of the book and the casting.

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06/14/2018 10:51 AM

Thank you. She still has an amazing body.

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06/11/2018 3:49 PM

Hal Clement's novel "Needle" would be great to see. It won't have much CGI effects or action. Along the same vein but with certainly plenty of action is Wesley Chu's "The Lives of Tao", supposedly this is going to become a TV series.

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06/11/2018 5:01 PM

Larry Niven's "Ring World" series...

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06/12/2018 10:26 AM

Yes, that or even the Man-Kzin Wars. Larry Niven did a lot of joint projects with other SYFY authors, they wrote their books with the intention that other authors can take their book and write a sequel to it, like Poul Anderson worked with Larry Niven and Stirling, a lot of authors wrote novels keeping that series going.

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06/11/2018 5:09 PM

The problem I have with movies based on books that I have read and loved is that when I read a story, I visualize the characters and the action in my own mind. Invariable, the screenwriter's and actors interpretation of the story is never what I envisioned. In the worst cases, the screenwriter tries to write his own story, using the basic storyline and characters of the original author. The best SF and fantasy movies that I have seen were the original creations of the screenwriter, and not based on an an existing book (or at least, a book that I never read)

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06/11/2018 5:20 PM

Movies can never replace the strength of your imagination of reading.

movies have always been somewhat disappointing when watched after you read the book. Jaws was my first experience.... but my disappointment was only slight.

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06/13/2018 11:00 AM

Maybe someday AI will enable us to make personalized movies that appeal to us based on our own perceptions, so that everyone sees a different movie, cast and scenery etc. that is tailored to your own thoughts....a computer generated movie..in vr.... Hey that might be a good idea for a movie !!...

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06/13/2018 11:54 AM

I believe the movie "Clue" was supposed to have the audience select which of the three endings to show.

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06/11/2018 5:10 PM

I second the nomination of 'Door Into Summer'. I'll also nominate a few other Heinlein books: 'Citizen of the Galaxy', 'Starman Jones', and 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress'.

Two of Isaac Asimov's stories were made into movies, and both were badly done: 'Nightfall' and 'I, Robot'. Both were particularly annoying because both of them told the exact opposite message of what Asimov was trying to convey. -- So I'd like to see both done again, if they could be done true to the story.

There are so many others to choose, but I'd also want to nominate the 'Lensman' series by E. E. 'Doc' Smith.

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06/11/2018 6:11 PM

Is the producer of the movie going to read the book? I think lots of times they don't.

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06/12/2018 8:33 AM

War for Eternity

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06/12/2018 8:39 AM

I would love to see the Ben Bova (awesome SciFi) "Moonrise" & "Moonwar" (or anything from the Grand Tour series) made into good movies.

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06/12/2018 8:41 AM

Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy. Apparently, HBO owns the rights, so that's a good start. They usually make quality movies/series.

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06/12/2018 10:34 AM

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06/12/2018 11:07 AM

I would like to see a few movies to correct gross errors of the past.

Starting with Lost Boys. The book was excellent and the movie was "based upon a title" and had nothing whatsoever to do with the story.

The Dark Tower series, true to the book storyline, rather than the Gunslinger "light" that hit the theaters. Seven or more movies, or perhaps a miniseries (maxiseries?).

Finally the Hitchhikers Guide trilogy. All six books of it. Again, true to the books (and perhaps the radio scripts as well).

Stephen Donaldson's Thomas Covenant series would also be high on my list.

Aspirin's Myth series (Myth Inc, Mything Persons, ImPervEctions and others) would make a very light hearted series.

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06/12/2018 11:22 AM

I agree that I would've liked Douglas Adams to have included more of the original material in the Hitchhiker's movie script he wrote. I suspect his untimely death had a lot to do with minimizing any rewrite performed but that was Douglas Adams work.

The enormous amount of material from all six books though could make twenty or thirty films all on their own. A TV series might be a better choice but this would still require some thought full reduction. Speaking of television and Douglas Adams, I loved the two television seasons of Dirk Gently Holistic Detective.

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06/12/2018 4:04 PM

While not true SciFy (more fantasy fiction), Anne McCaffrey's "Dragon Riders of Pern" series was great...

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06/12/2018 4:29 PM

... nobody should be surprised to learn that book reports I had to do in school were often stories that happen to have been made into motion pictures..

Never failed to do well with those.

A good amount of my daily reading could be described as 'dimwit exchange'

That said if I'm the producer of said movie IlI' also be the writer.

Who doesn't have thier own ideas for movies/books? ...but like many things.. it's only an idea without action. Ahhh well.. back to work

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06/19/2018 12:30 PM

How about " THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST"

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