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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    Vachina Syndrome

    Nothing more to say.

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    I hope you've got a robust email inbox!

    Prepare to be geeked!

  3. Robert Ramsay
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    Mine are all obscure books...

    "The Wall of Years" by Andrew Stephenson

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Hmmm i think i downloaded that once...

      ... Oh wait you said vaCHina, sorry...

      Moving right along....

    2. Mike Flugennock

      Films from obscure stuff

      Robert Ramsay sez on 04.15.11 @13:45gmt:

      "'The Wall of Years' by Andrew Stephenson"

      Actually, I've not read that, but you do raise a very good point about how it might actually be very cool to make films out of the lesser-known stuff, if the stories are really very good.

  4. Greencat

    Stars my Destination

    Supposed to be due out in 2012 though...

  5. HP Cynic

    Email not Forum post

    I worry that as with most such "polls" a good 50% or more will respond in the forum instead of following the simple instructions to Email their vote....

    Like those "Click to vote polls" where people feel the need to then post "I vote x".

  6. Paul Dx
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    That is all

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  8. Kevin Bailey

    Gregory Benford...

    Sure some of Gregory Benford's books should have been filmed by now.

    Proper sci-fi for grown-ups - and some of the amazing stuff can be done now CGI is where it is.

  9. leon stok

    the foundation trilogy

    I just wish they kept it that way.

    It's marked as being in production though :-/

  10. Chris Miller


    or anything by Larry Niven. Surely the CGI is up to it by now?

  11. MJI Silver badge

    Got a few

    Asimov future history.

    He himself glued all of them together including a set of childrens books, the robot books, Foundation series and another series.

    Animated please.


    Smith Lensman series

    Live action in the same style as 1930s adventures.

    Niven Ring World - but a lot of his stuff the style is so dated

    Live action again


    Brin Uplift series

    Live action with tons of CGI, and complete with text messagers favourite alien.


    Clarke stuff


    Actually not sure

  12. Kimo

    Overlooked Lem

    I'd love to see Stalinslaw Lem's Pirx the Pilot series get a good film deal or cable series treatment. They are good SciFi but they also revolve heavily around the development of the central character from an uncertain cadet to an experienced pilot. The series could transition well to the screen without huge CGI budgets.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      Oh yeah, I'd fogotten those, will have to send a new email!

    2. Alien8n Silver badge


      was made into an anime film, mid 90s? I think.

      Was nowhere near as good as it could have been, was more DBZ in space than Akira with aliens.

      1. Petrea Mitchell

        Re: Lensman

        Two versions, in 1984:

      2. Andrew Norton


        It was a film AND a 25-ep series.

        Was also done in 1984, and was, if I remember correctly, the first time computer animation had been used in an anime.

      3. Frederick Tennant


        yea I saw that waist of plastic.Lensman is a great series of books, but will they keep the redheads as the heros?

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      That is all...

    4. irish donkey


      Yes Please

      Aaron Ross a student put together an 'the opening sequence' of the RAMA as a end of year project. It is hosted on Vimeo.

      It was OUTSTANDING. Check it out:

      1. Dave Lawton

        Re: irish donkey Rama short

        That is awesome, not to be missed.

    5. Anonymous Coward

      Did you even read the article?

      'Your nomination should not ever have been made into a film'

      Quatermass has indeed been made into a film

    6. John Sager

      The Legacy of Heorot

      CGI Grendels would be something to see!

    7. Kimo

      Should still count...

      ...but apparently there is a 1979 Polish film based on one of the stories, but that leave most of the series unfilmed.

    8. Britt Johnston

      re Rama

      Stargate universe concept has a (too-high?) overlap to Rama

    9. Peter Ford

      Uplift ++

      Brin's Uplift would be excellent.

      How about 'The Practice Effect' - only a short but so was 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'

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        ... Sheep

        Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep = 128 pages paperback. Short(?)


        An obsessed Dickhead.

        1. Anonymous Coward


          A recent Fringe episode was called "Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep."

        2. Deadly_NZ
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          Do Androids dream of electric sheep was made into that very good movie Blade Runner

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      And the Pit

      and what he said

    11. Iain 15

      Been there

      Pretty sure the brief was for ones which were not already films?

    12. Mike Flugennock


      "Rendezvous With Rama" would be good, except that the only director I'd want anywhere near it -- Stanley Kubrick -- is long dead.

      And, no; I wouldn't let George Lucas anywhere _near_ any of these stories. Ridley Scott, maybe, as I thought "Blade Runner" was excellent, but Lucas? P'ah. Every "Star Wars" movie but the first one was a goddamn' toy commercial. Too bad Lucas only had one decent movie in him ("THX 1138").

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        @Mike Flugennock

        No arg wrt Star Wars.

        In the general category of dystopic futures, THX1138 was terrible!

        Problems with THX1138:

        - Where exactly did the drone guy learn to drive futuristic Lamborginis like a professional driver and handle handguns like a pro?

        - In such a tightly controlled society, why is access to the underground roadways he escapes into not limited?

        - At the end of the movies the drone guy escapes to 'outside', but we never see what is outside!

        THX1138 lived up exactly to Lucas' low standards. It is 90-odd minutes of loose ends and unanswered questions.

        THX1138 was a knock-off effort by Lucas merely playing on California nanny-state.

    13. Ian Michael Gumby Silver badge

      Niven animated?

      Sorry but you can do Ring World and a lot of his other stuff as Live action with tons of CGI.

      (Avatar shows this...)

      I mean he does have a lot of good story lines that appear to have been 'borrowed' by others.

      I'd love to see a puppeteer!

      1. Dagg

        I'd love to see a puppeteer!

        There was an episode of the cartoon star trek based exactly on a Niven short story. Spock played the puppeteer role. I just cannot remember which story it was.

    14. Version 1.0 Silver badge

      That and the Heechee saga

      ... particularly since recent postings on the physics arXiv blog suggest that life inside a BH is theoretically possible ...

      but I've been waiting for Gully Foyle to rise since I was a kid!

    15. Petrea Mitchell

      Speaking of Lem...

      I think Peace on Earth might have possibilities. (Then again, I thought that about Solaris, and two different filmmakers have largely failed trying to adapt that one.)

    16. sisk Silver badge


      "Brin Uplift series"

      The Uplift saga would make a few good-to-spectacular movies depending on who did the adaptation and who directed it.

      Some of Ring world has been done. I rented The Colour of Magic a couple years back. The books are good, but the movie didn't do it justice (but isn't that always the case?)

      1. Chris 2


        "Colour of Magic" is Discworld, which is not the same as Ringworld.

    17. OrsonX

      Niven Ring World... and the computer said:

      X ug-uuugh X

      I was quite enjoying it.... and then all the characters got bored.... and went home.

      The End.

    18. edge_e

      Foundation gets my vote too

      title said it all

    19. westlake

      Re: Got A Few

      The Foundation series places the whole of humanity's future in the hands of a secretive band of self-appointed back stage manipulators, answerable to no one.

      It is the primal conspiracy theory, given a geek's adolescent intellectual gloss.

      Heinlein's Future History always struck me as more open, more interesting and more human.

    20. corestore

      Lensman... being made by JMS. Google it.


  13. Paul 120

    Foundation Series

    Any of them take your pick.

  14. Anonymous Coward

    Martian Chronicles isn't sci-fi

    Brabury only wrote 1 Sci-Fi novel, that was Fahrenheit 451. The others were Fantasy.

  15. David Evans


    Sci-Fi: Cryptonomicon (I nearly said Snow Crash but it could suffer from an attack of the Johnny Mnemonics quite easily).

    Fantasy: Stormbringer (I'm amazed this has never been made tbh).

  16. JimC Silver badge

    The Technicolor Time Machine

    Harry Harrison's book about a second rate Hollywood film directory making a film about Vikings with the aid of a mad professor who has invented a Time machine, thus permitting the film to use real locations and real Vikings as extras... the film of the book of the film of the book (well saga)

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    It's has to be Metropolis, it started the genre.

  18. Anonymous Coward
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    Hmmm let me think

    How about a character driven story that follows some politically correct stereotypes as they come to terms with their life experiences and learn that only by mutual respect and working as a team can they overcome the challenges they confront. This could all be based on a big spaceship or in the future or something and have an educational underling plot to do with the environment, or something.

    <me wakes up with a start in a cold sweat breathing heavily />

    Seriously though, any one of the Dan Abnett Warhammer 40k novels, preferably Horus Rising.

    Not exactly the most thought provoking sci-fi in the world but it would make a freeking awesome movie. If you want intellectual sci-fi, books are the best platform anyway.


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