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Top 10 sci-fi/fantasy books that should be movies

Our old friends at SFSignal recap MSN's suggestions for 10 sci-fi/fantasy novels that should be made into blockbusters post haste. They might have missed a few. Just remember, don't judge a book by its movie.

Our old friends at SFSignal recap MSN's suggestions for 10 sci-fi/fantasy novels that should be made into blockbuster movies post haste:

  1. The Dark Tower by Stephen King
  2. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  3. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson
  4. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
  5. Hyperion by Dan Simmons
  6. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
  7. Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
  8. The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny
  9. Elric of Melnibone by Michael Moorcock
  10. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

I'd rage against the omission of Ender's Game except that Wolfgang Petersen is working on it. Of course, the same could be said of Rendezvous with Rama, but that daunting project is in a deeper circle of development hell than Ender. Also, HBO is doing A Song of Ice and Fire as an epic miniseries, but I guess the small screen doesn't count. After what we got with the Sci Fi Channel's Earthsea miniseries--which infuriated Le Guin--I can maybe understand that.

We've been down this road at TR before, but it's been almost a year, so let's see if anyone's tastes have changed in 2007. What sci-fi/fantasy book(s) would you like to see adapted for the cineplex?

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294 comments
slurpee
slurpee

The Left Hand of Darkness could be a brilliant movie - political intrigue, violence, madness, sex (strange sex, but sex).... But it is too intellectual and Hollywood would just "I, Robot" it.

parnote
parnote

I wonder how much longer Rendezvous with Rama is going to be mired in the development process. It has been in development for nearly 8 years, including a script re-write. It's being headed up by Morgan Freeman's Revolution Pictures, and Morgan Freeman is supposed to be one of the principle characters ... should he live long enough to see it leave the development phase!

htmapes
htmapes

Post-modern punk fantasy. Would appeal to the Blade Runner fans. The novel is mostly conversational, but has enough atmosphere and action to make a movie out of it.

cwtcolmd
cwtcolmd

How about James H. Schmitz: The Witches of Karres (could they do a good job of making The Worm World or Moander really scary?). Other Schmitz stories about Telzey Amberdon and Trigger Argee could also be developed into movies.

PubliusValeriusPublicola
PubliusValeriusPublicola

I'd like to see all 7 books made into movies, ala Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. But if I had to choose just one, I think it would have to be book 4, Wizard and Glass. It is probably the most likely candidate for a standalone from the series, since it is primarily flashback and wouldn't need to rely on backstory as much as any of the others (other than the original, obviously). Still, I think it could be an epic movie series if it was given the Lord of the Rings treatment.

eduard.spelier
eduard.spelier

I'm sourly missing Neal Stephenson's Snowcrash on the list. That would be an awesome movie, just as any book by William Gibson by the way!

chris-b
chris-b

Kurt Vonnegut's Sirens of Titan. If they make this movie before I die, I will die a happy man.

tresmius
tresmius

The artefacts of power by Maggie Furey, in my opinion far better than lord of the rings, these books aren't very well known but have everything a book needs to become a remarkable movie, additionally so far being my favourite fantasy series ever. A great plot, great character development, such a vast story (the first book is 609 pages which is quite big) if you like this genre of books then i highly recommend - no - insist, that you read these books, because i enjoy them so much!

golncor
golncor

I for one am going to stop reading the books and then going to see the movie when it comes out. If there is even an inkling that a movie will be made out of a book I want to read, I will buy the book and wait until after the movie to read it. Every book I have read that had a movie come out has made the movie a real disappointment. I am now convinced that I would like to see the movie and gets it enjoyment and then read the book and add to that enjoyment rather than read the book and then see the movie and wonder why they left out certain parts or say things like, "They left out the best scenes." Eragon is a prime example of this.

dporter4836
dporter4836

Anything by C J Cherryh. She covers several genres and, IMHO, does them all extremely well!

oparker
oparker

What I'd give to see Hiro Protagonist and Y.T. in action...

stormy1954
stormy1954

E.E. "Doc" Smith's Lensman series. Intellectual...no! Entertaining as a film....if done well, a resounding YES!

garyfutrell40
garyfutrell40

I would love to see the elminster series turned into movies starting the the making of a mage. Should be pretty good with the special effects availible now.

gcollatz
gcollatz

Moving Mars by Greg Bear would make a fantastic movie!

eikelein
eikelein

... should imho be on that list, definitely. I have NOT read all the comments, please forgive if I repeat what somebody else may already have suggested.

jason.v.campbell
jason.v.campbell

What about Raymond E Fiest's 'Riftware Saga'? 'The Magician' etc.

Sudsy100
Sudsy100

1. Mote In God's Eye - best Sci-Fi novel ever IMHO. 2. Canticle For Leibowitz - epic post apocalypse tale. 3. There's got to be a Spider Robinson in there as well.

Denise T
Denise T

Elizabeth Moon's Heris Serrano books would make great movies: political intrique, combat scenes, and plus character development.

Azathoth
Azathoth

A Feast Unknown, The Mad Goblin and Lord of the Trees by Phillip Jose Farmer. Just don't let those clowns that adapted "To Your Scattered Bodies Go" into "Riverworld" for the SciFi Channel get involved. Wikipedial link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Feast_Unknown

Jaytmoon
Jaytmoon

Rendezvous with Rama IS in the planning stage to be produced see link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0134933/ Also two other books to add to this list Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein and John Norman's Chronicles of Gor

nyabdns
nyabdns

Ringworld any or all of them should be at the top of the list. Hands down the best scifi ever written.

marta
marta

Joe Haldeman's THE FOREVER WAR, hands down. but so truthful it will never be made. Might lower the military enlistment rate even lower than it is.

copperti
copperti

I think some of Piers Anthony's books are worth turning into movies, like some of his Xanth Novels and such.

computam
computam

Has anyone read The Wayfarer Redemption? The original trilogy is totally awesome. I would gladly stand in line to see a movie version of these books.

computam
computam

Has anyone read The Wayfarer Redemption? The original trilogy is totally awesome and would definitely make a movie worth going to see.

Fablanta
Fablanta

I think that the Sector General series by James White would make a good little series. It is set around an interstellar hospital. Dr Conway along with his human and non-human colleagues have to solve medical mysteries. Imagine two bodies are taken out of the wreck of a spaceship. Which is the patient, which is the pet? The popularity of the series House shows that there might be an audience for this.

longwayoff
longwayoff

Norton's Time Traders series, or Free Traders, or Anderson's Flandry, or Laumer's Retief (somebody mentioned this one already) or for comedy, Harrison's Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers. Agree with those suggesting Bujold's Vorkosigan books, Weber's Empire of Man (Prince Roger). Would also like to see Heinlein's Star Beast, or Citizen of the Galaxy. Lynne

Jessica.Funk
Jessica.Funk

I'd love to see Steven King and Peter Straub's Black House! What an enthralling horror movie that would make!

otieatkins
otieatkins

Very nice job! All my favorite books. Especially the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. I wonder if any actor to ever portray Thomas correctly!

RB1955
RB1955

William Gibson's "Neuromancer", and "Count Zero" would be difficult but worthy of consideration

sethgonzalez
sethgonzalez

Anyone read Raymond E. Feist? Many of his books would make excellent movies. If done properly.

reginalh
reginalh

Robert L Forward's - Flight of the Dragonfly

Histrion2
Histrion2

I think some of Katherine Kurtz's Deryni novels would be not only adaptable but, given the current evangelical Christian furor over Harry Potter and such, also highly relevant. I'd also like to see Nick O'Donohoe's The Magic and the Healing given a film or miniseries treatment. Then again, I'm also hoping for a decent version of LeGuin's Lathe of Heaven. The 1970's rendition with Bruce Davison kept the excellent story but lost a lot of the theme, I think, plus was hamstrung by the limitations of special effects of the time (well, unless you had a huge budget); the SciFi Channel's recent remake lost both theme and plot, and was a complete travesty.

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

as main character. Oh yeah, I can see hollywood going for that. :p It's a great book, not sure how you would get it on screen though, Hollywood would butcher it. No option, the big boys with the money would not touch it with a ten foot pen. I'd love to see the expresssions on their faces if you presented it though, that would be worth filming.

ShadowVein
ShadowVein

I've read the whole series countless times, they are without a doubt my favourite collection. I would love to see a film adaption, but at the same time to see my favourite story slaughtered on the big screen... I'm torn. My idea of Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake and even what Oy looks like is guaranteed to be WAY different to everyone else's, let alone whoever took up the challenge of directing it. I guess with the epics it might be best to leave it in your head.

donallsop
donallsop

The scene of Hiro trying to deliver the pizza would be a great opening sequence - like the action bit at the start of every Bond movie.

bap
bap

Two series come to mind, either of which would make a good film or (better) a TV series; Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga and Weber's Honorverse.

jmcgachey
jmcgachey

Almost all of the above selections have merit. I'll add E. E. Knight's Vampire Earth series for consideration. Not at all what I thought it was going to be when I picked up the first book.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Assuming you mean Robert Heinlein's "Moon...", I wouldn't want Hollywood to butcher it the way they did his "Starship Troopers" or "Puppet Masters".

donallsop
donallsop

The Robert Heinlein version is better.

GDoC
GDoC

I'd love to see a mini-series with the Callahan crew, but as a movie, something like "Safe House" would be achievable. A couple of con-people rip off some sciconn folks, and in the process piss off the actual time travellers.

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

So which bit did you like? The kidnapping and raping.....

Ron406
Ron406

There were two Gor movies made back in the 70's..... both were so terrible they come close to being worse than the killer tomato movies.... Perhaps it can be made but to do them justice will require an X rating

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

has wrote some excellent books, and always features Best ever though, on what basis ? Space Opera Science Characterisation Originality Depth Prose Pace Plot I can't see Ringworld making that good a film to be quite honest, Footfall, The Mote in God's Eye, King David's Spaceship... Best Niven effort for making a film to me would be Legacy of Heorot, best chance of a film Dreampark.

Ken Dally
Ken Dally

The Foreever War and Forever Free would make excellent and topical films. Forever Peace dealing with many similar themes, but not related, with its use of remote combat technology mirrors a lot of what is begiining to happen in real life.

ESchlangen
ESchlangen

The first Camber trilogy would make great movies and the "magic" in them would be fairly simple to do today. Second this motion!

Ron406
Ron406

I was commenting on the persons choice above me and as I said the movies would have to be X rated to be made. I read some of them back when they were 1st written back in the 60's. Not very well written...kinda boring

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

Would be to stage a re-enactment of Farenheit 451.

kprouty
kprouty

Forget the Camber series, the first series with Kelson as a young boy, better than Harry Potter! (And with the great duel at the end of the first book!) This would make money (and I'd take the whole family to see it!) KP

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