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What's the best book to film sci-fi (or SF) transition and..

By Tony Hopkinson ·
What books would you like to see in film that would make the transition sensibly.

This sort of follows on from the Trivia Geek's Best SF franchise article.

I was trying to think of books in the genre that faithfully made it into film and pleased the readers.

I can think of some good films, but not many where the story line wasn't jazzed up somewhat or changed to the point where we wouldn't have recognised it without the title.

Epic disasters such as Dune for instance. Some of my favourite stories are dated now.
Eon for instance, background was the cold war...

Second War Of the Worlds, or maybe 2001 are all I can think of. SF, Fellowship Of the Ring is a stand out, but I liked Tom Bombadil and the following two make me want to punch someone out.

So a book that could be made successfully into a box office smash, without taking away what made the book great.

CJ Cherryh's Hellburner
Jerry Pournelle's King David's Space Ship
Anne McCaffrey's Dragon's Dawn
Niven and Pournelle's The Mote in God's Eye, for a CGI extravaganza.

Or a potential epic money spinner, for a tall attractive brunette.

David Weber's On Basilisk Station.

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Rendezvous with rama

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Robert Heinlen

would be old hat to hollywood, sequel might be a goer.
Time enough for love, loo long.
I will fear no evil, I'd love to see middle america deal with that, they'd burn you at the stake unchanged. As they would for stranger in a strange land, that one you'd have the muslims after you as well.

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Too right!

Heinlein always was ahead of his times.

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I'd like to see some Pratchett

by neilb@uk In reply to What's the best book to f ...

But done properly with the sort of budget and the quality of stars that has been used for, say, Harry Potter.

The Hogfather is on Sky later this month. This is a two-parter with Ian Richardson and David Jason as Death and Albert respectively. I'll be interested to see how well they do...


Dragon's Dawn would be good to do but I'd have a real worry about them getting 'Mote' right - or Ringworld!!

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by Tony Hopkinson In reply to I'd like to see some Prat ...

They would make a pigs ear of that.

Legacy Of Heorot, now that might work.

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Maybe some Heinlein

by NickNielsen In reply to What's the best book to f ...

Rocketship Galileo or The Moon is a Harsh Mistress could probably be easily adapted to film given today's technology.

I've noticed that action books tend to make the best adaptation and the director can make a difference also. Stanley Kubrick, for examnple, did an outstanding job with "The Shining."

Caveat: I saw the movie before I read the book, which may have affected my opinion.

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How about one of his best books

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Maybe some Heinlein

Starship Troopers

Communicating the concept of Tanstaafl to a wide audience would be good though wouldn't it.

I can think of a lot of books I'd like to see visualised, but which ones would work well enough to be worth the effort.

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They already did Starship Troopers

by NickNielsen In reply to How about one of his best ...

And mangled it badly. And I can't speak for your side of the pond, but I know that most people on this side would dismiss Tanstaafl as an unhealthy concept.

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it was done

by Jaqui In reply to How about one of his best ...

it's wasn't badly done, but the story was only half there.

the romance in the story was completely changed in the movie.

the battle suits were different.
they never got the really neat suits at all.

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That was why the sad face

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to How about one of his best ...

They almost completely missed the real bit of SF, that you have to earn your vote with service.

As for tansaafl, politicians consider it unhealthy

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Good and bad

Starship Troopers (the movie) was a good bang-bang-shoot-em-up. It was NOT Starship Troopers (the book), and should have had a different name.

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