Our recent post which discusses movie adaptations reminded me of the 1994 anthology Reel Future edited by Forrest J. Ackerman and Jean Stine which collects a handful of short stories that were adapted into movies. Here’s the table of contents of that book with the corresponding movies. Three of the sixteen stories are available online.

  1. “The Empire of the Ants” by H. G. Wells (1905) – filmed as Empire of the Ants in 1977
  2. Herbert West—Reanimator” by H. P. Lovecraft (1922) – filmed as Re-Animator in 1985
  3. “Armageddon—2419 A.D.” by Philip Francis Nowlan (1928) – filmed for television and the movies as Buck Rogers and other titles between 1933 and 1979
  4. “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell, Jr. (1938) – filmed as The Thing From Another World in 1951 and The Thing in 1982
  5. Farewell to the Master” by Harry Bates (1940) – filmed as The Day the Earth Stood Still in 1951 [read the SF Signal review]
  6. “This Island Earth” by Raymond F. Jones (1952) – filmed as This Island Earth in 1955
  7. “The Illustrated Man” by Ray Bradbury (1950) – filmed as The Illustrated Man in 1969
  8. “The Sentinel” by Arthur C. Clarke (1951) – filmed as 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968
  9. “Seventh Victim” by Robert Sheckley (1953) – filmed as The Tenth Victim in 1965
  10. “The Racer” by Ib Melchior (1956) – filmed as Death Race 2000 in 1975
  11. “The Fly” by George Langelaan (1957) – filmed as The Fly in 1956 and 1986 (and apparently a new one is in production)
  12. Eight O’Clock in the Morning” by Ray Faraday Nelson (1963) – filmed as They Live in 1988
  13. “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick (1966) – filmed as Total Recall in 1990
  14. “Damnation Alley” by Roger Zelazny (1967) – filmed as Damnation Alley in 1977
  15. “Enemy Mine” by Barry B. Longyear (1979) – filmed as Enemy Mine in 1985
  16. “Air Raid” by John Varley (1977) – filmed as Millennium in 1989

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