Some SF Stories And Novels And The Movies Based On Them

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  • 1. DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? Philip K.Dick [novel]
  • 2. WE CAN REMEMBER IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE Philip K.Dick [story]
  • 3. SECOND VARIETY Philip K.Dick [story]
  • 4. WHO GOES THERE? John W.Campbell Jr [story]
  • 5. LA PLANETE DES SINGES Pierre Boulle [novel]
  • 6. THE SENTINEL Arthur C.Clarke [story]
  • 7. BLACK DESTROYER A.E. Van Vogt [story]
  • 8. MAKE ROOM! MAKE ROOM! Harry Harrison [novel]
  • 9. AIR RAID John Varley [story]
  • 10. THE MIDWICH CUCKOOS John Wyndham [novel]
  • 11. I AM LEGEND Richard Matheson [novel]
  • 12. THE TEMPEST William Shakespeare [a play, and not really sf, but what the hey]
  • 13. ROCKET SHIP GALILEO Robert Heinlein [novel]
  • 14. FAREWELL TO THE MASTER Harry Bates [story]
  • 15. RED ALERT Peter George [novel]
  • 16. FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON Daniel Keyes [story]
  • 17. DEMON WITH A GLASS HAND Harlan Ellison [teleplay for episode of t.v. series The Outer Limits]
  • 18. THE MINORITY REPORT Philip K. Dick [novella]
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Note: This list is largely restricted to stories and novels the titles of which are not the same as the movie based on them. And no, I don't want to argue about number 5.

The Movies:

1. BLADE RUNNER
2. TOTAL RECALL
3. SCREAMERS
4. THE THING
5. PLANET OF THE APES
6. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
7. ALIEN
8. SOYLENT GREEN
9. MILLENNIUM
10. VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED
11. THE OMEGA MAN
12. FORBIDDEN PLANET
13. DESTINATION MOON
14. THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
15. DR STRANGELOVE
16. CHARLY
17. THE TERMINATOR
18. MINORITY REPORT

Iirc, the original story behind the movie Bicentenial Man was called that, but in between wasn't there a book (Asimov plus someone else) with a different title? Would that count? (Pardon the lack of functioning brain cells; it's been a long year.)

Pardon my ignorance, but I don't know what "Iirc" means. Yes, Asimov did write a story titled "The Bicentennial Man", which, I assume, the Robin Williams movie was based on. No, I'm pretty sure Asimov never wrote with anyone else (too much of an egoist and control freak) - not certain, mind you, but pretty sure.

IIRC translates to "if I recall correctly."

I'm impressed!

So am I, now that I see them all together. And, sk, please, PLEASE, see my reply to your comment on my list "A Particular Guilty Pleasure: Car Chases"!

Thanks, Jim. Where can I find a glossary of these terms?

Sorry about the lateness of my reply . . . I usually use this site to look up acronyms that I don't know.

Jim, bltn [= better late than never...nothing to do with bacon, lettuce and tomato]. As it turns out, I already had The Acronym Finder available to me and didn't think to use it - it's one of these dictionaries. A good page to bookmark, may I suggest - then all you have to do is remember to use it.

The book UncRoger is talking about is The Positronic Man by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg

Dan, thanks for the info. I've just been to Amazon and it turns out that Asimov and Silverberg collaborated on three novels: this one, NIGHTFALL, and THE UGLY LITTLE BOY.

I'ev not read either "The Bicentennial Man" or "The Positronic Man" but I got the impression that the title was lifted from the former and the ideas from the latter. Or maybe it was just a mixture of the two?

Very interesting list. I read Flowers for Algernon and its really good. The film is too as well. A fell of a mouse huh?

I own a great book titled "Reel Futures" which collects most of these stories and then discusses how they were changed for film. I'd suggest you seek out a copy, but I'm assuming you already have most of these.

That's the problem with sf anthologies - even theme anthologies - if you are an avid book buyer you usually already have several of the stories, either in other anthologies or authors' collections. At least, that was my experience when I was buying a lot of sf books - I buy very few these days.

I have to admit it would be interesting to read the story-movie comparisons. Hell, I might order a copy - I'll let you know if I do (unless I forget, which I am liable to). But however it goes, thanks.

No problem. Yes, I already had nearly all of the stories, as well, but the comparisons were interesting enough to me to warrant a purchase. I believe it might be out of print, but you might always be able to find a copy on eBay or half.com.