Inspired by this post, I have made a list of 10 SF books that should be made into movies. When I worked out this list, I thought none of these books had been optioned. I think Hyperion is in development but it hasn’t been made yet so I left it on the list.
Since I stopped reading science fiction after childhood, most of them are juvenile books. They also tend to wander into fantasy territory which allows me to justify my discussion of them.
Have Space Suit, Will Travel by Robert Heinlein
What: a boy wins a spacesuit in a contest; aliens abduct him.
What’s in it for me: I want to see smart people figuring their way of certain death – like Cube except they know who has them and why they must escape NOW.
21 Balloons by William Pene du Bois
What: man goes ballooning; crashes on bizarre island.
What’s in it for me: I want to see a somewhat modernized version of the gizmos that the man encounters.
Justice and Her Brothers by Virginia Hamilton
What: 3 kids try to understand their psi powers.
What’s in it for me: They are super powered kids like the ones in Sky High but considerably more interesting. I like Justice, and I want to see her onscreen.
Pegasus in Flight by Anne McCaffrey
What: Parapsychic corporation hunts for abducted psionic kids.
Moonflash by Patricia McKillip
What: an unhappy girl seeks to learn the truth of the bright flash on the moon.
Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron
What: 2 boys build a spaceship for an eccentric old man.
What’s in it for me: The book is old-fashioned but I like the notion of 2 boys on an exciting ramble through space.
Invitation to the Game by Monica Hughes
What: Teens are invited to a mysterious VR game.
What’s in it for me: Immersive gameplay with sinister undertones – who wouldn’t like it?
Wolf Tower by Tanith Lee
What: servant girl escapes only to find herself drawn to the infamous Wolf Tower.
What’s in it for me: I adore Claidi and I want to see her and the other amazing people and machines that she meets.
Ice Crown by Andre Norton
What: girl fights to free the people of Clio from mind control.
What’s in it for me: Roan was one of my favorite heroines and I’d like to see her in action.
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
What: Aliens are invited to a journey on space tree ship; they tell their life stories.
What’s in it for me: This be an utter shame if it weren’t filmed.
It’s a series description.
What do you think? What book should or should not be on this list?