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Top Sci-Fi Books that should be made into movies.
« on: November 10, 2008, 10:10:16 PM »
Instead of Hollywood rehashing old movies to make new movies... why don't they made some movies from some of the best Sci-Fi books every written that no one has done a movie for yet?  No, no remakes... not even a remake of Starship Troopers or Battlefield Earth.  Great books that deserved better movies.  Topless Robot has a list of the top 5, and it's a pretty good list.  But how the hell can you pick just five?   I'll throw out my picks, and we can talk about them at WTA.    Okay, here we go:
Diamond Age and Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.  Fantastic Cyber Punk stuff...
Virtual Light and Neuromancer by William Gibson.  The Father of Cyber Punk.  If you make these four movies - you will bring Cyber Punk back into style after Johny Mnemonic killed it.   
Day by Day Armageddon by JL bourne  Great zombie killing book, would make a fun movie.
Everything written by Robert Heinlein.  Are you kidding?  He was a master of hard core sci-fi and the fact that only one of his books has been made in to a movie shows a deep lack of IQ in Hollywood.
Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber... the whole Amber series.  Great series, great characters... one of the most interesting reads I've ever had the pleasure to sit down with.
The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison.  Make each book it's own movie... a whole series of films.  James diGriz is my hero.  If you haven't read these books - you are wrong.
Larry Niven's Ringworld saga.  This is where Halo gets it's idea from.  Let me be frank here... While Halo was a fun game... it's limitations while being on such a vast world like a ringworld or "Halo" as they call it, is insulting.  It should be absolutely endless and open.  Again, if you have not read Ringworld... oh man... you are in for a treat.
The Stars My Destination was only recently introduced to me... and it has instantly become a personal favorite.
Man Kzin Wars, also by Larry Niven.  This wasn't so much of a book, but as a series of shorts in a collection.  Each story painting a part of the overall picture, much like World War Z. Which brings me to my next pick...
World War Z.  The mother of all Zombie Movies is just waiting to be made.  No more small scale shopping mall BS here... this spans the globe.  This can only be done in a 3 hour epic.  Anything less would be shameful.
Warhammer 40,000.  This is a universe darker and more brilliant than Star Wars could ever hope to be.  An Epic of this magnitude could only be contained in a series of epic films that would make Lord of the Rings shrink.
Armor by John Steakley.  Instead of yearning for a Remake of Starship Troopers... do this one.  It's like a Part II... sort of.  Brilliant writing that was more fun to read than ST.
Greg Bear's EON is seriously good book that deserves a great movie.
And the #1 book that needs a movie:  The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, by Stephen King.  WHY has this not been made into a movie yet?   
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Re: Top Sci-Fi Books that should be made into movies.
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2008, 10:34:29 PM »
World War Z actually is being made into a movie, produced by Brad Pitt's company and written/adapted by J. Michael Straczynski (of Babylon5 fame).

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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2008, 10:35:10 PM »
Good list Ogre.

I'd like to see Galactic Odyssey, Dinosaur Beach, and some of the Bolos stories by Keith Laumer.  
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2008, 10:45:28 PM »
I would almost have to say NONE since they always butcher good books.

Also most great science fiction books - particularly like the Stephenson you list, are far to complicated a story to be told in two or three hours film.  They need 13 episode limited series.

That is what I want to see:  great science fiction made into limited run series by quality networks like HBO or Showtime.  

- Day By Day Armageddon
- Heinlein is a given in all ways.  Years worth of quality material to mine there.  "Friday" would be at the top of my list for a one-off, but a long on-going series from "The Roads Must Roll" through To Sail Beyond The Sunset would be epic, almost generational, film making.
- All of Stephenson - from Zodiac to Anathem.  I would make it my life's purpose to turn the "System of the World" into the best series ever.
- The Stainless Steel Rat books would be an excellent continuing series - especially if you re-arrange the sequence chronologically.
- The books of Richard Morgan: Altered Carbon (which has been optioned for a film), the other Takeshi Kovacs novels and his latest Thirteen.
- John Twelve Hawks' The Traveler and The Dark River (though they get a bit metaphysical)
- I would be thrilled to see a proper period version of The Illuminatus! Trilogy - science fiction in all its subversive glory.
. E.E. Doc Smith's Lensmen Chronicles
- Anything by Jack Vance - even his "Dying Earth" fantasy.
- David Drake's "Hammers Slammers" stories and novels.
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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2008, 10:47:20 PM »
You hit my Neal Stephenson stuff right off the bat.
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2008, 10:53:43 PM »
On a Pale Horse by Pierce Anthony would also be a good one.  A unique look at the office of Death.
Flatland by Edwin A Abbott... I read that as a teenager... that would also be a really crazy movie.  Hard to do.  It could be done as an Animation.
Sir MacHinery by Tom McGowen.  Another book I read as a young man.  You have orcs and British Royal Marines clashing... With a robot and Merlin... Awesome.
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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2008, 10:58:51 PM »
I can't believe I'm the first to say it:

Monster Hunter International

Maybe it's fantasy, but it's darn well close enough.
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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2008, 11:03:14 PM »
Ah... and "At the Mountains of Madness" by good old HP Lovecraft.  This is one of my favorites for some reason.
You can read the whole thing here:
http://www.dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/mountainsofmaddness.htm

I agree MHI needs to be made too.  You are the first because I was expecting Nolo to jump in and post it.   He's become Larry's biggest fanboi.  He would eat skittles off Larry's feet right about now.
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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2008, 11:06:53 PM »
Day by Day Armageddon could be a good one.

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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2008, 11:08:16 PM »
Day by Day Armageddon could be a good one.
I'm gonna catch hell for not listing that one... O0

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« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2008, 11:10:30 PM »
Shameless plug here, but....
http://www.amazon.com/Raft-Medusa-Zachary-Hill/dp/1438248717/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226376107&sr=1-1

My book. Its got everything I like. I had to do it, but I also believe it. I liked the sf channel's Dune remake and the sequels. As for ones that haven't been made yet...hard to say because I always forget names of books. I would love to see Asimov's "Foundation" series turned into movies...or pretty much anything by Asimov. "Old Man's War" would be interesting. Also, "Monster Island" its a zombie story set in New York. Great book.
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« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2008, 11:16:56 PM »
Raft of Medusa... I'm almost finished reading it.  Some of my boys have read it and I picked it up Friday to read it.

You guys didn't list Day By Day Armageddon?  WTF is wrong with you guys?  Feh... that was my 3rd pick. 

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« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2008, 11:21:01 PM »
You guys didn't list Day By Day Armageddon?  WTF is wrong with you guys?  Feh... that was my 3rd pick. 

Didn't notice it on the list before (before the yellow highlights).  My bad...

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« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2008, 11:24:44 PM »
Didn't notice it on the list before (before the yellow highlights).  My bad...

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« Reply #15 on: November 10, 2008, 11:48:37 PM »
Another one I liked way back in high school was "Alas Babylon" about a nuclear war.  I dig post apocalyptic stuff.
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« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2008, 11:52:51 PM »
Another one I liked way back in high school was "Alas Babylon" about a nuclear war.  I dig post apocalyptic stuff.

That reminds me, By the Waters of Babylon could also be interesting.

For those who don't know the short story, it's about a youth of what could best be described as an Indian tribe traveling to a ruined city of New York, which the tribes avoid and call a city of gods.  When he gets there he realizes that there is nothing magical or religious about the place, but instead that it was once a city of people like he until it was destroyed in a nuclear war.

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« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2008, 12:02:46 AM »
Raft of Medusa... I'm almost finished reading it.  Some of my boys have read it and I picked it up Friday to read it.

You guys didn't list Day By Day Armageddon?  WTF is wrong with you guys?  Feh... that was my 3rd pick. 

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Well...I had mine listed first...in bold italics and 36 point font...

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« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2008, 12:19:56 AM »

And the #1 book that needs a movie:  The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, by Stephen King.  WHY has this not been made into a movie yet?   


Probably because the majority of his books that have been made into movies have been pure crap


Personally I would like to see Kevin Anderson's "Saga of the Seven Suns" made into a series, and I'm still holding out for "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card

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« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2008, 12:21:39 AM »
The Matador was always a favorite series.

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« Reply #20 on: November 11, 2008, 12:31:15 AM »
I just looked up Day by Day Arm.. and it looks sweet.  I have to get that one. Must I say.
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« Reply #21 on: November 11, 2008, 09:26:56 AM »
I'm with beamish, "Almost none."

They butcher full length books, and can barely cover a short story well. I can't count the butchered adaptationd of Lord of the Rings, short stories by H.P. Lovecraft and other fantastic fiction I've seen butchered.

I like the mini series Idea. I'd love to see Terry Pratchett's Discworld Series put on screen Starting with "The Color of Magic" and "The Light Fantastic" and later "Guards! Guards!", "Reaper Man" and "Feet of Clay".

For hard core SF Try something from "Burning Chrome" Or "Mirrorshades; a cyberpunk anthology"
though Johnny Mnemonic has been made, and butchered already :cuss
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« Reply #22 on: November 11, 2008, 11:23:27 AM »
Day by Day Armageddon could be a good one.

I've read that one twice.  Once online, and once from a first edition copy.

And my buds at Permuted Press have put out a new edition. :D

I just looked up Day by Day Arm.. and it looks sweet.  I have to get that one. Must I say.

Available at Amazon, or at Borders, on the shelves now.
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« Reply #23 on: November 11, 2008, 11:29:00 AM »
Raft of Medusa would be an interesting flick... the scenes with the ship to ship battles and the assault shuttles... that would be cool on film.  Use the same director as did the Serenity movie.  That would be epic.  It is a bit too touchy-feely in parts in the book, but the film with a harder edge to it would be good.
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« Reply #24 on: November 11, 2008, 11:33:34 AM »
I added Raft of Medusa to my Amazon Wishlist.

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