Science fiction has never really gone out of style. With seemingly eternal tent poles like star wars and star trek constantly delivering new movies and series, audiences seem more receptive than ever to stories set between stars or in the future.
The remarkable adaptation of James SA Coreyit is Extent shows that smart sci-fi can work in a serialized format on television. There’s an upcoming adaptation of the Shining three body problem series by Ken Liu and Asimovis clean Foundation series has found a way to come to home theaters. What else would be great to see translated from the book to the small screen, here are eight titles we’d love to see.
Arthur C. Clarke Rama Series
Of course, the first book, and I hope the following two novels were exploited by Denis Villeneuve as future projects, but Arthur C. Clarke‘s novels about expeditions to an alien vehicle crossing our solar system and where it takes them and readers could really blossom from a series adaptation.
Taking the time to explore the mystery of the Rama vehicle, develop the relationships between the characters, and delve into the wealth of hard science at work in the books could be very addictive and binge-worthy television. The characters discover things as the viewer does, and this allows us to see another life, and our own, from a different perspective. With three novels in the series, there’s plenty of material that could be leveraged for a television adaptation.
Iain Banks Culture Series
Author Iain Banks‘ Culture Series are all, for the most part, independent stories, but all exist in the same universe. It could give a showrunner plenty of room to play. They could create a whole new story set in the Culture and occasionally bring up events from the novel collection.
There are all kinds of stories to tell here, and the characters, no matter how they look, are all very human and relatable. It’s a fully realized universe, ripe for television exploration, bringing to life ships, locations and character designs that have only been seen in the mind of the spirit. There are heroic stories, crime moments, action beats, thrills and politics, it’s all here against a galactic backdrop.
by Alastair Reynold Series Space Revelation
The Espace Révélation series marries hard sci-fi, with concepts like relativistic travel (no warp speed here), with elevated space opera and searing action. Each novel tells its own story and can stand on its own, but there are recurring moments and characters that are touched upon throughout the series.
There are long-dead alien species, sentient vessels, wondrous discoveries, terrifying visions of disease spreading, gruesome revelations, and characters who play a very long game as they traverse the vast distances between worlds and systems while keeping a very human heart at its center. . There is a granularity to Alastair ReynoldThe creations of that look like space as opposed to future-black, and it’s a genre that’s always fascinating.
by Adrian Tchaikovsky Final Architecture Series
A series that brilliantly marries hard science and high space opera is Adrian Tchaikovskyit is Final Architecture Series. The Earth has been destroyed by a moon-sized thing named Architect due to the form of destruction it brings, and humanity is among the stars. There they encounter fantastical mysteries, alien cults and gangsters, they create an army of female warriors and intermediaries who allow them to travel the ways of unspace (think of a very lonely hyperspace which may or may not be inhabited by some thing). There are artificial beings, and through it all, man remains his worst enemy. Even when architects thought long gone, come back.
A visual extravaganza with truly likable and diverse characters, the Final Architecture could be a radical series with heroic highs, devastating lows, and the threat of imminent destruction hanging over an entire galaxy. A fantastic series that would make for an exciting watch.
by Andy Weir Project: Hail Mary
After the success of The Martianthe rights of by Andy Weir the projects undoubtedly snapped up quickly. And while Project: Hail Mary is a stand-alone novel, properly cast and with the right production, the same thrilling, science-filled adventure that awaits viewers of The Martian would find even more in this engaging tale.
Yes, it was exploited as a possible film by the duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller with Ryan Gosling labeled as a leader, but the story, which features a lone surviving astronaut who doesn’t remember his mission, name, or whereabouts. How can he save the world? And what mysteries will be revealed about his past and those who await him at his destination? Clever and emotional, a series can serve the story better than a shortened movie.
HP Lovecraft To the mountains of madness
Probably more horror than real science fiction, this story of HP Lovecraft doesn’t suffer from the problematic racism that plagues so many of his other stories. An expedition heads to Antarctica to investigate what appears to be the ruins of an ancient alien civilization.
Once there, and the investigation begins, horrific discoveries about the species are made, along with the realization that they may not be as dead as believed. The concept of an alien horror so incomprehensible to the human mind that it could drive madness is as fascinating as it is terrifying. Similar ideas have been explored in The thing from another worldand its 1982 remake, The thingbut sometimes you want something so shocking, so horrifying, so mind-blowing that you turn to Lovecraft.
With Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff The Illuminae Files Trilogy
A fascinating trilogy that works very well because it keeps its secrets in its text, relying on the fact that it is read and not heard or seen. But it presents a fascinating story. Each book associates two characters and their story is told through texts, press releases and published documents. There’s a lot of humor and a lot of emotion against crazed AI, rival mega-corporations, and a mass of misinformation on both sides that needs to be sorted out.
While firmly rooted in the young adult corner of the sci-fi realm, it could be a real draw for young viewers and their families. In fact, a series like this could serve as a gateway to more TV and sci-fi books to explore.
by Pierce Brown Red Rising Trilogy
A class struggle, twenty-somethings learning to fight and competing to become future leaders, and a rebel insurgent planted among them planning to bring it all down. There are hints of The Hunger Games, a fantasy book series in its own right, and military academies woven throughout the trilogy, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg as the characters discover each other and how. they behave with each other and in combat, while reviewing class structures.
The trilogy contains a wealth of material that could be explored, commented on and expanded upon, and would be visually stunning. And with its younger cast, it might help appeal to a younger demographic, even if the subject matter is a bit gory. But oh, so good.
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