Five Sci-Fi Books I Would Like To See As Films

2022 is a great time to be a Sci-Fi fan. Sci-fi movies, books, comics and more are exploding in popularity. And show no sign of waning

2022 is a great time to be a science fiction fan. Sci-Fi movies, books, comics and more are exploding in popularity. And show no sign of waning while I don’t claim to be an authority on all the new releases from the big publishers. Here are 5 Sci-Fi novels I personally think would make great films.


The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

At over 800 pages, this high fantasy is a truly Herculean feat of worldbuilding regarding novels. That encompasses people of all races, genders and sexualities. As well as being a feminist retelling of the Saint George and the Dragon myth. At the book’s core is a sweet and touching sapphic love story between Queen Sabran Berethnet. The descendent of the alleged dragon slayer from a bygone era. And Eadaz du Zala uq-Nara. A magic knight charged with protecting the Queen. Indeed, Ead and Sabran have gained many fans who I’m sure would adore seeing them in live action. Katie McGrath is the most popular fancast for Sabran. It’s hard to do justice to a book of this epic scope. In just a few words. Put simply, a Priory film or series could potentially be the Game of Thrones of the 2020s.


On The Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

An #ownvoices tale starring an autistic protagonist. On The Edge of Gone imagines a post-apocalyptic future in which the survivors clamour for places aboard legacy ships. That will carry them to a new home planet. Denise the heroine struggles to care for her mother, who is in the grip of drug addiction. And secure spots for her family on board the ship that will save their lives. Novels like this one would make a great TV series. We could see how Denise, an autistic mixed-race girl. Copes with the world and with the people in it. Someone on Twitter has mentioned the necessity of actually autistic writers. I think an On The Edge of Gone show would be perfect for that. Additionally, there is some great trans representation in this novel. Which deserves to be shown on screen.


The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

My friend and colleague Benjamin Cassidy and I. Were lucky enough to see the stage show of this in London. Which I thought was better than Avengers: Endgame. Bold words but I feel they must be said. This novel is about memory and time. I’d say it’s also about the things that make us who we are and what we’re afraid of as children. It’s hard to pin down exactly why this is one of the greatest novels and why it could be an amazing film. Gaiman simply understands how human beings work in a way that nobody else does. And is able to tell stories that speak to the deepest parts of ourselves. Moreover, this book would be great as a film because it’s about that one special friend we had as children. Who we can’t see anymore. This is something everyone can relate to.


Anno Dracula by Kim Newman

An alternate history set in the 19th century Anno Dracula imagines a world in which Count Dracula survives the heroes of the original Dracula novel. And goes on to marry Queen Victoria of Britain, flooding the country with vampires. Central to the book is a love story between human spy Charles Beauregard and vampire elder Genevieve Dieudonne. This book is honest about how people think, speak and behave. For that reason, I believe it would make an excellent TV series. Although vampire shows have gone off the boil as we mentioned here . This novel’s characters and worldbuilding are strong enough in my view to carry a live-action show. Newman has written several sequel novels to Anno Dracula so there would be no shortage of material to adapt.


Darth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn

This book charts Darth Bane AKA Dessel’s rise to power as the Dark Lord of the Sith. Notably, this book reveals how the Sith came to adopt the Rule of Two (one master, one apprentice). This alone makes it worth adapting. Additionally, we see how the Republic (nominally the good guys) have left Dessel’s mining colony to rot. Making him more sympathetic to the Sith’s cause. This kind of nuance is what makes great sci-fi TV in my opinion. Where the Republic is not 100 percent good and we are encouraged to see things. From a tough working man’s point of view who has had to rely on himself and no one else. Moreover, the book contains many KOTOR references which would definitely make hardcore Star Wars fans happy. Karpyshyn has also written more novels in this series.


Do you agree with my suggestions? What sci-fi books and comics would you like to see in live-action? Please leave a comment and remember, words give wings to those who have been stamped upon, broken beyond all hope of repair (thank you Samantha Shannon).


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I'm an autistic writer who loves sci-fi, cosplay and poetry. I'm also an actor with Theatre of the Senses.
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