The Best Science Fiction Books That Became Films

Escape to a host of strange planets, space-based sagas and dystopian worlds in these thrilling science fiction books, all of which are so good, they've been adapted into films. Whether or not you've seen those films, we reckon these top sci-fi books they're based on are guaranteed to be better! So, if you love science fiction stories make sure you give these books a read before you see the films so you don't miss a thing. See below for the best science fiction books that became films.

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1. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

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Philip K. Dick

The inspiration for the blockbusting 1982 film, Blade Runner, this chilling tale is set in the eerie world of Los Angeles, 2019. 'Replicants' - human-looking robots formed from organic material - have been created to take the jobs that humans don't want. Four of them are now on the run. Former replicant hunter Rick Deckard is forced to resume his old job. But when he is instructed to hunt down Rachael - the replicant girl he has fallen in love with - he will have to decide whether or not to kill the one he loves: the girl he knows is actually a bioengineered being... Both thrilling and profound, this book questions our concept of humanity and what it is to love someone.

 

2. 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Arthur C. Clarke

Written at the same time as the screenplay for the 1968 film, this book comes from a true genius of the science fiction genre. Brilliant, compulsive and prophetic, the book tackles the enduring theme of man's place in the universe. On the moon, an enigma is discovered. So great are the implications that, for the first time, men are sent out deep into the solar system. But before they can reach their destination, things start to go wrong - terribly wrong...

 


3. A Clockwork Orange

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Anthony Burgess

Discover the engrossing dystopian novel that inspired the 1971 film. In a nightmarish vision of youth in revolt, 15-year-old Alex and his friends embark on a diabolical rampage of robbery, assault, torture and murder. Alex is jailed for his teenage delinquency and the State attempts to reform him - but at what cost? Social prophecy, black comedy and a study of free will, this book is also a dazzling experiment in language, as Burgess creates a brand new argot: nadsat, the teenage slang of the not-too-distant future.


 

4. The Hunger Games

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Suzanne Collins

The first in the ground-breaking Hunger Games trilogy, this captivating novel follows feisty 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen. The post-apocalyptic nation of Panem consists of twelve 'districts', most of them oppressed and miserable places - especially compared to the opulent, shimmering Capitol. But Katniss from District 12 has the chance to change everything once she ends up participating in the brutal 'Hunger Games', a televised fight to the death between a group of teenagers. Featuring adrenaline-pumping action, turbulent romances and a gritty atmosphere, immerse yourself in this white-knuckle novel, which inspired four blockbusting films.

 

5. The Martian

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Andy Weir

This nail-biting sci-fi thriller inspired the highly-acclaimed 2015 film. It stars Mark Watney, an astronaut who finds himself stranded on Mars. He has no way of communicating with Earth. He's in a Habitat designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, he'll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, he'll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, he'll explode. And if none of these terrible fates claim him, he'll eventually run out of food and starve to death. Somehow, Mark Watney must find a way to survive in this compelling and beautifully-written novel.


 

6. The Time Machine

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H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells's science fiction classic follows a scientist known as the Time Traveller, who invents a time machine and travels to the year 802,701 AD. There, he encounters a society of elegant but frail people called the Eloi, rescues an Eloi woman named Weena and must fight to get his time machine back from the aggressive, ape-like Morlocks - who feed on the Eloi... Discover the breath-taking book that inspired the 2002 film.

 


7. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Douglas Adams

One Thursday lunchtime, the Earth gets demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. It's the final straw for Arthur Dent, who already had his house bulldozed that same morning. But for Arthur, this is only the beginning. Seconds before global obliteration, Arthur is plucked from the planet by his friend, Ford Prefect, and together, the pair must venture out across the galaxy on the wackiest, weirdest road trip ever. This fantastically funny and futuristic story cannot be missed by sci-fi fans and inspired the 2005 film starring Martin Freeman and Zooey Deschanel.

 

8. The Handmaid's Tale

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Margaret Atwood

In the dystopian Republic of Gilead, Offred is forced to be a Handmaid, a woman with only one function: to breed. If she dares to challenge this position, she - like other dissenters - will be hanged at the wall or sent out to die, slowly and painfully, of radiation sickness. Offred remembers all that has been taken away from her: love, family, access to the news. But even a tyrannical state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men upon which her future depends... Discover this ground-breaking book, its 1990 film adaptation and its 2017 TV adaptation.

 

9. Ender's Game

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Orson Scott Card

An alien menace threatens the human race with annihilation. If humanity is to be defended, the government must create the greatest military commander in history. The brilliant young Ender Wiggin is their last hope. But first, he must survive the rigours of a brutal military training program to prove that he can be the leader of all leaders. Through whatever means necessary, a saviour for mankind must be produced. But will they create a hero - or a monster? This ground-breaking tale of war, strategy and survival is the adrenaline-fuelled adventure that inspired the blockbusting 2013 film.


 

10. 1984

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George Orwell

This chillingly prophetic book was released in 1949, imagining a world 35 years in the future. In London, Big Brother stares out from every poster, and the intimidating Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth, but when he finds love with Julia, he discovers that life needn't be tedious, but rich and exciting. Winston and Julia start to question the Party and are increasingly drawn towards conspiracy theories. But Big Brother will not tolerate dissent - not even in the mind. This unsettling vision of a future dystopian society, ruled with an iron fist by a totalitarian government, will shock and move its readers, and inspired the film (aptly released in 1984) starring John Hurt and Richard Burton.


 

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