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Books Into Movies - Television Shows

Guest Author - Laura Lehman

Many television shows used Science Fiction or Fantasy novels or short stories as their basis.

Twilight Zone
Many excellent writers lent their skill to the Twilight Zone series.
--Ray Bradbury
“The Burning Man” aired 1985 and “I Sing the Body Electric” aired 1962. Both stories are available in I Sing the Body Electric and Other Stories.

--Roger R McCammon
“Nightcrawlers” aired in 1985. Read the story online at McCammon’s website.

--Richard Matheson
“And When the Sky Was Opened”(based on his story “Disappearing Act”) and “Third From the Sun” aired in1960. “Little Girl Lost” aired in1962. “Mute”(based on the story “The Fiend in You”) and “Death Ship” aired in 1963. “Steel”, “Nightmare a 20,000 feet” and “Night Call” (based on the story “Long Distance Call”) aired in 1964. All of these are in Collected Stories which is out of print and only available used. This collection will be re-released in three volumes. Two are currently released: Collected Stories Vol I and Collected Stories Vol II.


Six Million Dollar Man
The show about a Steve Austin, a man rebuilt after a horrible plane crash, was based on Martin Caidin’s Cyborg (1972) This novel is out of print and only available used. There is currently no DVD or video available of the series.


Buck Rogers
Along with the classic movie serials, the 1979 TV series is based on the novel by Phillip Frances Nowlan, Armageddon 2419 AD (1928) This was first published in Amazing magazine, but is currently out of print and is only available used and as a Digital Download


Beastmaster
Both a movie and a TV series about Dar, a man with the gift of communicating with animals, were loosely based on Andre Norton’s Hosteen Storm adventure novel, Beast Master. Available with Lord of Thunder in Beastmaster's Planet



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