Read the Book, See the Movie: Part 2
– HAL 9000 in "2001: A Space Odyssey" (Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke)
Photos: "2001: A Space Odyssey"
Often cited as the first film to deal realistically with space travel, "2001: A Space Odyssey" was created under unusual circumstances. Director Stanley Kubrick and science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke used elements from several of Clarke’s short stories, most notably "The Sentinel," to write the screenplay together in 1964. The film was shot in 1966 and released in 1968, along with Clarke's novel, which was intended to stand on its own as a separate entity.
– Robert Conway (Ronald Colman) in "Lost Horizon" (Screenplay by Robert Riskin)
Photos: "Lost Horizon"
Authors not known for their work in the genre have been responsible for some fantasy classics, such as English writer James Hilton (author of Goodbye, Mr. Chips and Random Harvest). His 1933 novel Lost Horizon originated the concept of a paradise called Shangri-La and became a Frank Capra film in 1937 and a movie musical in 1973.
– Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) in "Jurassic Park" (Screenplay by Michael Crichton and David Koepp)
Photos: Michael Crichton
One of the most unique careers in science fiction films belongs to the late Michael Crichton, who began as a novelist with The Andromeda Strain, which he adapted as a 1971 film. Crichton went on to write and direct original features, including "Westworld" (1973), and transferred another author's work – Robin Cook's novel Coma – into a 1978 film. Most famously, he adapted his novel Jurassic Park into a screenplay for the 1993 film by Steven Spielberg, and wrote the 1995 novel The Lost World, which became its cinematic sequel.
– Narrator Morgan Freeman in "War of the Worlds" (2005) (Screenplay by Josh Friedman and David Koepp)
Photos: H.G. Wells
Among the science fiction and fantasy writers of the 20th century, one author whose works were frequently chosen for adaptation was English novelist H.G. Wells, author of The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898) and The First Men in the Moon (1901), all of which have been filmed on multiple occasions. He also adapted the screenplay for the 1936 British film "Things to Come" from his novel The Shape of Things to Come.
– Captain Nemo (James Mason) in "20,000 Leagues under the Sea" (Screenplay by Earl Felton)
Photos: Jules Verne
French author Jules Verne also wrote several pioneering novels that were turned into multiple film versions, most significantly Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), 20,000 Leagues under the Sea (1870), Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) and The Mysterious Island (1874). Verne passed away in 1905 and, unlike Wells, did not live to see any of the feature-length films made from his work.