Science Fiction Novels waiting to be made into movies

  • Thrice Upon A Time -- James P Hogan
  • Door into Summer -- Robert A Heinlein
  • Double Star -- Robert A Heinlein
  • Way Station -- Clifford Simak
  • Illegal Alien -- Robert Sawyer
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These are some books that are "crying out for movification" as bertie put it on this list. I'll add to this as I think of more, and I welcome suggestions.

The only problem here is that Hollywood wiil take all of these and screw them up royally. So perhaps it's best to leave these as movies in my mind.

I'd like to see Way Station by Clifford Simak made into a movie (and I think it would be possible to do a good job of it). I'd also like to see The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson, but I can't imagine a movie doing to the book justice.

Yep, I was thinking Way Station would be good too, if Hollywood could keep from overusing special effects (it doesn't need it) and could keep from weirdifying it (ala X-Files, which it isn't.)

I am unfamiliar with The Diamond Age; I'll have to check it out.

Have you read any other of Stephenson's works?

Keep in mind that The Diamond Age is very good but has a shitty ending.

I haven't read any of them; I'll have to look for them.

In reading the Amazon reviews, nobody seems to like the ending (or the Snow Crash ending, for that matter), but nobody really says why. May I ask what about it (either book, actually) bugged you?

I don't remember disliking the Snow Crash one nearly as much as The Diamond Age ending. I just thought it was sudden and had only became the ending because he needed to finish the book and couldn't think of anything better. I really did like the book though, mind you.

While it didn't really bother me, it was a bit abrupt. I wish I could bring myself to create a one-item list: "The Worst Ending of a SF Novel Ever" - Xenocide by Orson Scott Card.

Damn! I forgot to contribute to this list. But better late...etc. How about these: THE CAVES OF STEEL / Asimov, ROGUE MOON / Algis Budrys, RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA / Clarke, THE MAN WHO FOLDED HIMSELF / David Gerrold, THE FOREVER WAR / Joe Haldeman, THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE / Niven & Pournelle, GATEWAY / Pohl, THE KILLING THING / Kate Wilhelm. Some scary stuff here, I know, but a competent version of the Gerrold would be hilarious. And RWR would show the Great Unread that Clarke wrote something other than 2001. I'm convinced that the Pohl would make a terrific movie and I can't understand why someone hasn't made it.

Haldeman's THE FOREVER WAR is a good candidate, given sfx technology, but if they string it into FOREVER PEACE and then FOREVER FREE--watch out. Talk about lousy endings: FOREVER FREE really ends as though he wrote himself into a corner. Things hum along nicely for the first 3/4 of the book, then start to fall apart, which is too bad.

And you're right about Clarke's RWR, although that might be a bit tricky, even with sfx.