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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 018): Interview with Vonda N. McIntyre + Why It’s So Hard To Adapt Science Fiction For Film and TV

In the 18th episode of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks the SF Signal contributors & irregulars:

Why are your favorite Science Fiction stories so hard to adapt to film and television?

Jeff Patterson, Fred Kiesche, Lisa Paitz Spindler & John Anealio all share their thoughts.

Later, Patrick Hester & John DeNardo sit down to chat with Vonda N. McIntyre about, her long and illustrious career and that time she gave Lt. Sulu a first name.


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2 Comments on The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 018): Interview with Vonda N. McIntyre + Why It’s So Hard To Adapt Science Fiction For Film and TV


    LeGuin’s Lathe of Heaven.  Best adaption ever.


  2. Interesting podcast and interview.

    I think the matter of good movie/bad adaptation is half just a matter of the audience accepting the movie as separate from the source material. I’m not perfect. I can still be annoyed when deviations happen, but I’ve done much better in recent years.

    Books and movies are so substantially different in their medium and length that it is a wonder anyone tries to adapt them in the first place. However it doesn’t excuse the curious reason why comic book adaptaions were so horrible for so long. Though they seem to have been doing a better job in recent years. (I don’t watch a ton of movies though, so maybe I’m horribly wrong.)

    With no knowledge of the Wild West movie being an adaptation I can firmly say that it was a terrible movie all by itself. Visually it was superb, with great effects, but otherwise…bleh!

    I, Robot as an adaptation was ridiculous, but then the book is a compilation of unrelated short stories, so…I don’t think it is a real issue. Anyone trying to compare the two should have realized, from nearly the start, that it has no real relation beyond playing in a universe that Asimov built with the Three Laws of Robotics. If I recall, they were faithful to the laws, but it’s been a while. When I watched it I thought the movie was enjoyable and played out well.

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