Published on August 11th, 2014 | by Kevin Lawson
Almost Famous: Three Sci-Fi novels which will be hit movies…eventually
Be honest, hands up if you actually knew about Game of Thrones before it was a smash hit TV show. Hand still in the air? Yes? Did you also take a great amount of glee in pointing out the differences to the book and that you already knew what was going to happen (much to the dismay of all your friends)? Yes again! Well this post is for you. If you’d like to keep one step ahead of the popular culture curve then I recommend having a read of the following three sci-fi books as in a few years there’s a good chance they will be the hottest topics in popular culture:
The Forever War: One of the few truly classic Sci-Fi novels whose central themes have yet to be really explored in any movies to date, TFW is the very definition of a novel waiting to become a summer blockbuster. Adhering rigidly to the Einstein’s theory of relativity (you know the one where time moves slower as you approach light speed), the 1974 book by Vietnam veteran Joe Haldeman follows the life of Private Mandella, who after a series of year long journeys at faster than light speeds away from Earth returns home to find that decades have passed and that everything has changed, Mind bendingly brilliant!
Vicious: By author Victoria E Schwab, who lists Dr Who and Downtown Abbey as her favourite two TV shows, Vicious is a novel about two best friends and academics who begin researching a Extra Ordinary (EO) humans in this XMenish type thriller which busts the genre’s conventions and is extraordinarily well paced. Again Ridley Scott has bought the rights (alongside Story Mining & Supply Co.) for this one. With the right script and casting this could be MASSIVE.
Ready Player One: I’ve not read this book yet but it’s next on my list. The synopsis is that humanity now eschews the real world for a virtual reality computer game called OASIS and somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them. Sounds alright to me and with Avengers scriptwriter Zak Penn attached to the green lit Warner Bros. project it’s safe to say that this is a summer hit waiting to happen.