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MEME: Top 48 Sci-Fi Film Adaptations

I re-stumbled across Box Office Mojo’s list of Top 48 Sci-Fi Films Based on a Book (or Story) (1980- present). Some of the titles on this list look suspicious. (Was Cocoon really based on a piece of written fiction? There’s a difference between an adaptation and a novelization.)

Still, in looking over the list, I was surprised by how many of the originating stories I did read. Or start – there was one book I couldn’t finish. Seemed like a good subject for a meme, so, here are the rules.

  • Copy the list below.
  • Mark in bold the movie titles for which you read the book.
  • Italicize the movie titles for which you started the book but didn’t finish it.
  • Tag 5 people to perpetuate the meme. (You may of course play along anyway.)

And now, the list…

  1. Jurassic Park
  2. War of the Worlds
  3. The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  4. I, Robot
  5. Contact
  6. Congo
  7. Cocoon
  8. The Stepford Wives
  9. The Time Machine
  10. Starship Troopers
  11. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  12. K-PAX
  13. 2010
  14. The Running Man
  15. Sphere
  16. The Mothman Prophecies
  17. Dreamcatcher
  18. Blade Runner(Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)
  19. Dune
  20. The Island of Dr. Moreau
  21. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  22. The Iron Giant(The Iron Man)
  23. Battlefield Earth
  24. The Incredible Shrinking Woman
  25. Fire in the Sky
  26. Altered States
  27. Timeline
  28. The Postman
  29. Freejack(Immortality, Inc.)
  30. Solaris
  31. Memoirs of an Invisible Man
  32. The Thing(Who Goes There?)
  33. The Thirteenth Floor
  34. Lifeforce(Space Vampires)
  35. Deadly Friend
  36. The Puppet Masters
  37. 1984
  38. A Scanner Darkly
  39. Creator
  40. Monkey Shines
  41. Solo(Weapon)
  42. The Handmaid’s Tale
  43. Communion
  44. Carnosaur
  45. From Beyond
  46. Nightflyers
  47. Watchers
  48. Body Snatchers

I tag:

  1. Mike Glyer of File 770.
  2. Fred Kiesche @ Texas Best Grok.
  3. Paul Raven at Futurismic.
  4. Joe Sherry of Adventures in Reading.
  5. Matt Staggs of Enter the Octopus.
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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

8 Comments on MEME: Top 48 Sci-Fi Film Adaptations

  1. Was The Incredible Shrinking Women a real for sure novel or just a novelization of a bad movie?

  2. There was Matheson’s “Shrinking Man”. IIRC, “Shrinking Woman” (the flick) was a sequel to the film based on that book, so if there’s a book, I’d call it a “novelization”. A search on the Internet SF Database does turn one up by a Jody Sibert, published 1981. The notes section quotes a blurb that says “A Fantastic Photoplay”.

    I’d say they should have mentioned the Richard Matheson’s “The Shrinking Man” (1956).

  3. No I am Legend?  That has got to be a fairly old list.

  4. Before I think about this, is Nightflyers based on the George R. R. Martin story?  🙂

  5. Nightflyers is based on the story. I’ve seen the movie and read the tale and have to get around to posting something about this meme-thingy.

    The movie isn’t half bad. I’ll have to see if it ever hit DVD-dom.

  6. By the way, asked and answered and paid forward. Put up my reply and tagged five more folks.

  7. “Carnosaur” was based on a written work?

    As for novels on this list started but left unfinished, there can be only one:

    Battlefield Earth

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