Throughout the years, several science fiction books have been made into movies. Science fiction can translate well to the big screen. Often these stories have fantastical creatures, aliens, exotic settings and/or heroic characters. They engage audiences with their imaginative plots and are brought to screen with creative visual effects.
A Journey to the Interior of the Earth
Jules Verne wrote A Journey to the Interior of the Earth, also known as Journey to the Center of the Earth, in 1864. Verne was born in France in 1828 and lived until 1905. His classic science fiction novel features a group of explorers who end up on a journey into the actual center of the planet. Hollywood made a film based on the book in 1959, starring Pat Boone, James Mason and Arlene Dahl. The movie was remade and updated in 2008. That version starred Brendan Fraser.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
An ocean adventure featuring Captain Nemo and his Nautilus, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was written by Jules Verne in 1870. In addition to amazing action and drama, this novel gave readers incredible futuristic inventions and one unforgettable submarine. The movie was made in 1954 and starred Kirk Douglas and Peter Lorre, with James Mason as the infamous Captain Nemo. Produced by the Walt Disney Co., the movie inspired a now-defunct attraction in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World in Orlando.
The Time Machine
H. G. Wells, born in 1866, wrote numerous science fiction stories, including The Island of Dr. Moreau, The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. His book The Time Machine was published in 1895. It features a time traveler, the fourth dimension and a very creepy group of creatures called Morlocks. Wells successfully combines science fiction and fantasy in this book. It appeared as a feature film in 1960 featuring Rod Taylor and Alan Young. A remake appeared in 2002 starring Guy Pearce.
The novel Dune was written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. The novel won a Hugo Award in 1966. It spawned a series of books and in 1984, the feature film was produced. This science fiction novel and movie is set in the future in 10191. The screenplay was penned by David Lynch, and it starred Kyle MacLachlan and Virginia Madsen.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams' novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was published in 1979. It is the story of Arthur Dent and his travels with Prefect Ford, a "hitchhiker." The whimsical story offers readers a comical side to science fiction. The book was made into a movie in 2005. It starred Martin Freeman as Arthur and Mos Def as Ford. According to the Internet Movie Database (IMBD), Adams' novel also inspired a radio series, television series, comic book and a computer game.
There have been many other science fiction books made into movies. Other page-to-screen adaptations include Isaac Asimov's I Robot, Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain and Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? which was the inspiration for the 1982 film Blade Runner.