Books and Movie Directors: The Science Fiction Edition

Do you love movies? Do you love books? Do you love book recommendations based on movies and directors you love? I sure hope you do.

Here is a list of books you can read based on the films made by some of the most iconic science-fiction directors.

Stanley Kubrick

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2001: A Space ODYSSEY (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)



Adapted Works: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, The Sentinel (Short Story) by Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke, Red Alert by Peter George (Inspired Dr. Strangelove)

Books like their films: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Severance by Ling Ma, Foundation by Isaac Asimov.


Steven Spielberg

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A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001), Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977), E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Adapted Works: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

Books like their films: Contact by Carl Sagan, Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, Good News from Outer Space by John Kessel


James Cameron

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The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Avatar (2009), Alita: Battle Angel (2019)


Adapted Works: Solaris by Stanislaw Lem

Books like their films: Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson, Armor by John Steakley, Anathem by Neal Stephenson, The Color Of Distance by Amy Thomson

Lilly and Lana Wachowski

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The Matrix (1999), Cloud Atlas (2012)



Adapted Works: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchel

Books like their films: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, Escapology by Ren Warom, The Destructives by Matthew De Abaitua, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Ridley Scott

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ALien (1979), Blade RUnner (1982), Prometheus (2012)

Adapted Works: The Martian by Andy Weir, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (Inspired Blade Runner)

Books like their films: Panther in the Hive by Olivia A. Cole, Packing for Mars by Mary Roach, At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft

Christopher Nolan

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inception (2010), Interstellar (2014), Tenet 

Books like their films: Hard-Boiled Wonderland & End Of The World by Haruki Murakami, Vellum by Hal Duncan, The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, Recursion by Blake Crouch

denis villeneuve

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Arrival (2016), Blade Runner 2049 (2016), Dune 



Adapted Works: Dune by Frank Herbert, Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang 

Books like their films: Exhalation by Ted Chiang, The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin, The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley

Alex Garland

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Ex Machina (2014), Annihilation (2018)

Adapted Works: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Books like their films: Solaris by Stanislaw Lem, The Vine That Ate the South by J.D. Wilkes, Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

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