Books and Movie Directors: The Science Fiction Edition

A list of books you can read based on the films made by some of the most iconic science fiction directors.

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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