9.28.2004

The Once and Future Films of Genre

Michael A. Burstein is looking for the names of future movies you've made up for use in a story. He started the discussion here--however, I would debate his final choice although it is to some degree a personal matter (a matter which helps characterize).

The F&SF had several authors naming movies they think classics or could be classics, which also has commentary on why. I can't believe I missed listing A Clockwork Orange in my list of genre classics though I'm not so sure about the rest of her list (maybe Close Encounters of the Third Kind). I immediately dismissed Friesner's choice of Asimov robot novels, but on second thought, realized that as a series of sequels the robot-detective novels might develop a following as did PKD novels.

Jonathan Carroll:

Winter's Tale (Mark Helprin)
Dreams of Leaving (Rupert Thompson)
Mister Touch (Malcolm Bosse)
The Watcher (Charles Maclean)
The Easter House (David Rhodes)
Sinai Tapestry (Edward Whittemore)
Von Bek (Michael Moorcock)
Let's Put the Future Behind Us (Jack Womack)
The Child Garden (Geoff Ryman)

Kathi Maio:

The Day the Earth Stood Still
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
A Clockwork Orange
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Alien
Adventures of Bukaroo Banzai
Edward Scissorhands
Truly Madly Deeply

James Morrow:

A Warm Reception in L.A.
Bad Luck Blackie
Minnie the Moocher
Bolero
Before the Law
My Neighbor Totoro
The Fabulous World of Jules Verne
Pinocchio

Esther M. Friesner

Dune (requests a remake before it was remade)
She
The Silver Metal Lover
A Boy and His Dog
Dragon Singer
Wyrd Sisters
A Canticle fo rLeibowitz
The Caves of Steel
Flowers for Algernon
Foundation
Time Enough for Love
one of Spider Robinson's Callahan's series

Ursula K. Le Guin:

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (emphatically not Blade Runner)
maybe The Man in the High Castle
The Left Hand of Darkness
The Moon and the Sun (McIntyre)
The Faded Sun (Cherryh)
The First Men on the Moon (Wells)

John Kessel:

The Star My Destination
The Man in the High Castle
The Left Hand of Darkness
The Book of the New Sun
Red Mars
A Canticle for Leibowitz
All You Zombies (Heinlein)
Sarah Canary (Fowler)
Think Like a Dinosaur
Gun, with Occasional Music
Corrupting Dr. Nice

Howard Waldrop (well, you should probably read the issue since he made all of these up; they're all meant as jokes, but I do think That Bright Pink Light holds promise--recreating the life of PKD):

What's It All About?
Nobody Kicks Earth!
That Bright Pink Light
Go Ask Tip
Of Time and the Miskatonic (aka. Play Miskatonic for Me)

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