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Vintage Science Fiction: Stories Inspired by Landmark Films [Paperback]

Peter Haining


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (July 15 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786706473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786706471
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.1 x 3.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 649 g

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When most folks think science fiction, they don't think of books: to the unread masses, the genre's most visible representatives are up on the screen, in countless movies and TV shows. But as true believers know, most of those screenplays started out as short stories and other works by familiar and often esteemed names like Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ray Bradbury.

U.K. editor Peter Haining has gathered 20 of these seminal works here--10 from the big screen, 10 from TV--along with introductory material that gives context and often little-known background for each. On the movie side, Haining goes as far back as Robert Heinlein's Rocket Ship Galileo, the basis for 1950's Destination Moon, a tale of a scientist and a robot racing to the moon, only to be beaten there by a band of renegade Nazis. The collection also includes a Werner von Braun-based screenplay (Conquest of Space), Clarke's "Sentinel of Eternity" (source material for 2001: A Space Odyssey), and Dick's "We'll Remember It for You Wholesale" (a.k.a. Total Recall). On the small screen, Haining's picks include a Jerry Sohl story for Outer Limits, an episode from U.K. phenom The Quartermass Experiment, and a Twilight Zone story from Emmy-winning scriptwriter Rod Serling. --Paul Hughes

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From the cerebral 2001 to the B-grade It Came From Outer Space -- both of which are from stories by Arthur C. Clarke and Ray Bradbury, respectively, and are collected here -- sci-fi films have always drawn from the printed word. In addition to tales by Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Stephen King, and Clive Barker, several stories appear in book form for the first time, such as James Blish's Star Trek scenario, while others such as Werner von Braun's The Conquest of Space, are out of print or hard to find.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Free SF Reader Aug. 4 2007
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This book has two parts, the first deals with SF movies and the stories that inspired them, and the second with tv shows. The editor introduces each movie and story, and even mentions directors and actors etc. that might go on to do more famous things, such as Ridley Scott working in design on a British anthology SF show.

Vintage Science Fiction : Rocket Ship Galileo - Robert A. Heinlein
Vintage Science Fiction : It Came from Outer Space - Ray Bradbury
Vintage Science Fiction : Life On Mars - Werner Von Braun
Vintage Science Fiction : Lot - Ward Moore
Vintage Science Fiction : Sentinel of Eternity - Arthur C. Clarke
Vintage Science Fiction : Logan's Run - William F. Nolan
Vintage Science Fiction : The Unreal McCoy - James Blish
Vintage Science Fiction : We Can Remember It for You Wholesale - Philip K. Dick
Vintage Science Fiction : The Lawnmower Man - Stephen King
Vintage Science Fiction : The Forbidden - Clive Barker
Vintage Science Fiction : Superman - George Lowther
Vintage Science Fiction : What Price Venus? - S. A. Lombino
Vintage Science Fiction : The R.A.F. and the Sleeping Beauty - Nigel Kneale
Vintage Science Fiction : The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street - Rod Serling
Vintage Science Fiction : Dumb Martian - John Wyndham
Vintage Science Fiction : The Lost Ones - Bill Strutton
Vintage Science Fiction : The Invisible Enemy - Jerry Sohl
Vintage Science Fiction : Liar! - Isaac Asimov
Vintage Science Fiction : I'll Not Look for Wine - Ray Bradbury
Vintage Science Fiction : Final Reward - Terry Pratchett

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Interplanetary mission finds locals a decent bunch.

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Getting out of town is very important.

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Moon machine.

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Deadly impostor.

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Brain alteration badness.

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Space conscripts find the whole vegie thing isn't so bad.

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Rival shooting scenario.

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Writer and barbarian hero character's role reversal.

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