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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby Jorpho » Wed Sep 24, 2008 2:12 pm UTC

arbivark wrote:not exactly scifi, but wagner's ring cycle as an anime or movie (without the singing).
Four words: the Harlock Saga OVA. Well, sort of. (It takes itself much too seriously, but any excuse to set a space battle to Ride of the Valkyries is a good one.)
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby Kazuke » Wed Sep 24, 2008 5:39 pm UTC

Mortal Engines Quartet.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby Rowadanr » Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:47 pm UTC

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If you had some really good scenery, it just might work. Especially Neume and the sky over the Centaurs' world
Hesperus in anime form, though? I'm having trouble picturing it. Depends on the style, I suppose
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby McCaber » Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:13 am UTC

I for one would enjoy an anime presentation of Lost Girls.

What? It counts as art.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:08 pm UTC

But I don't think it counts as Sci-Fi.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby McCaber » Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:21 pm UTC

Yeah, but there were plenty of fantasy books in the thread, so I felt justified.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby clockworkmonk » Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:34 pm UTC

I would like to see a series made up of One-shots of short-stories of Phillip K. Dick His style would make a very surreal series.

That, and I would definitely want to see Foundation. Time-skips ahoy! but seriously, done right it would be beautiful and epic.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby Internetmeme » Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:00 pm UTC

Can 1984 count? It seems to have a steampunk universe.

I would mainly watch it for the room 101 scene.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby podbaydoor » Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:30 pm UTC

A Wrinkle in Time, maybe. There's lots of trippy imagery in it.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby Adacore » Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:40 pm UTC

nsmjohn wrote:The Nights Dawn Trilogy

Very this. I think the Commonwealth Saga could be pretty awesome as an anime too. And I'll add my vote to Snow Crash - that's just too perfect.

arbivark wrote:not exactly scifi, but wagner's ring cycle as an anime or movie (without the singing).

The Gap cycle by Stephen R Donaldson? That could work...
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby Cynical Idealist » Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:56 pm UTC

Adacore wrote:
nsmjohn wrote:The Nights Dawn Trilogy

Very this. I think the Commonwealth Saga could be pretty awesome as an anime too.

Seconding both of those.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby mmmcannibalism » Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:33 pm UTC

Internetmeme wrote:Can 1984 count? It seems to have a steampunk universe.

I would mainly watch it for the room 101 scene.


That would be quite interesting.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby cephalopod9 » Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:50 am UTC

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Rinsaikeru wrote:Not sci fi, but I'd like to see Garth Nix's Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen &c animated. Maybe--depends whether it'd get wrecked up or not.

I really enjoyed those novels.


I so want to see these as movies. But good movies. Like ones for big people, not kids. There are so many ways that they could do it very, very wrong.

I was always a little surprised that they sold those books at our middle-school bookfair, considering the death and destruction and severed hands and stuff. Then again, I bought them there, so they did have an audience.

NEED. TO. SEE. THIS. MOVIE. NOW.

I had a thought a while ago, which was that the people who made Avatar the last Airbender (cartoon, not really an anime tho') should make an adaptation of the Abhorsen series. Actually, it would be cooler if those people got together and made something new.

I'm sort of confused when people say things like "war and death = definitely not for kids". Do you not remember being a kid? (Someone on TV tropes had that idea about the Redwall series, I was outgrowing them by age 11)
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby Grop » Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:55 pm UTC

Planet of Adventure ~ Jack Vance

This is awesome pulp adventure, as the name suggests.

I could think of a few other things (mostly French comics), but I am sure they would fuck them up.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby spupy » Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:15 am UTC

4 Seasons of Hyperion Cantos. Oh Yeah.

Or Illium/Olympos from the same guy (Dan Simmons).
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby Cleverbeans » Wed Dec 09, 2009 3:28 am UTC

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby Grop » Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:55 am UTC

I failed to find an English reference, but it would seem there's a 2002 movie.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby SlyReaper » Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:16 am UTC

Accelerando? It already has a talking cat (and magnificent bastard) in it called "Aineko".

And the Foundation series. Oh God yes.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby aleflamedyud » Thu Dec 10, 2009 8:51 pm UTC

Dune. They just recently canceled the live-action film that had been due this following year, and this novel really needs a film adaptation that just goes animated instead of trying to stretch the budget through the special-effects work necessary.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby BlueNight » Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:53 am UTC

It's not as well known as some, but The Colors of Space by Marion Zimmer Bradley would be perfect for anime. Colorblind aliens, a young man thrust into a life-or-death situation, and a whole-body cosmetic job.

Also, The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby modularblues » Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:20 pm UTC

Cleverbeans wrote:Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

That's an interesting one, but this would have to be done by the creators of Eve no Jikan because Jules Verne is a similar kind of "anti-globalization visionary".

psyck0 wrote:Star Trek.
No, seriously. It would be hilarious.

Man, I ROFLed IRL on that one :-P
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby tentacleTherapist » Sun Dec 13, 2009 9:57 pm UTC

Kazuke wrote:Mortal Engines Quartet.
More epic Steampunk animes plz


I second this.
Also, I'd be curious to see what could be done with Ilium by Dan Simmons...
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby Joeldi » Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:47 am UTC

Thirding Mortal Engines. Oh gawd. Oh Gawd.
Though they'd probably make Hester far too cute.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby nsmjohn » Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:45 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:Accelerando? It already has a talking cat (and magnificent bastard) in it called "Aineko".

I forgot about that one... or maybe I hadn't read it yet at the time... Either way, definitely a good choice. It's spiritual successor "Glasshouse" would work quite well too. Man in a woman's body, violence, sexual tension, etc.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby cephalopod9 » Sat Dec 26, 2009 7:41 am UTC

modularblues wrote:.
psyck0 wrote:Star Trek.
No, seriously. It would be hilarious.

Man, I ROFLed IRL on that one :-P
They do already have a Manga. So that's about half done.

Huxley's Island (but now that I think about it, Brave New World too) could get some decent stuff out of an anime, or other mature animation format.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby lukS » Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:50 am UTC

Solaris would probably look good as anime.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby ConMan » Tue Jan 12, 2010 12:44 pm UTC

The Stainless Steel Rat. Preferably done by Hayao Miyazaki as a kind of futuristic sequel to Castle of Cagliostro.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby |Erasmus| » Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:32 am UTC

I would love to see (not necessarily as anime, but some kind of visual medium) Iain Banks' The Player of Games or Use of Weapons.

I think they would look better as live action though. I would probably like to see Kevin J. Anderson's 'Saga of Seven Suns' as an anime. It's one of those series that's way too big for a movie, and they will never spend enough on making a live action tv style show on it to get it to look nearly as good as it would want to, but it could look really cool as an anime.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby GoodRudeFun » Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:47 am UTC

I second the electric church. It would carry over very well into an anime.


I also want to see the Algebraist as an anime. The book was pretty damn epic.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby Vellyr » Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:25 pm UTC

Shade's Children by Garth Nix. It would make a perfect single-season anime I think.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby Sir-Taco » Sun Feb 21, 2010 6:51 am UTC

I want to see Snow Crash as one, even though it may come out looking like a painful GITS rip-off. I just want to see what happens when someone doesn't listen to reason.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby Guerrilla Torture » Sat Apr 30, 2011 11:34 am UTC

Another vote for Snow Crash.


nsmjohn wrote:To rerail the conversation: The Takeshi Kovacs novels. Lots of violence and sex treated in a manner that I find somewhat similar to anime and has a fairly decent narrative that ends the way many animes do: life carries on, not everyone lives happily ever after.


Some things should be left as books IMO. The Kovacs trilogy being one of them.

IIRC the film rights for Altered Carbon have already been sold and some turgid MTV generation director is going to make it. I think it's the chap who did the 2 Fast 2 Furious films :(
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby Guerrilla Torture » Sat Apr 30, 2011 11:34 am UTC

Apologies for jumping ye' olde threads from yesteryear. :oops:
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby AvatarIII » Wed Nov 09, 2011 3:12 pm UTC

another random bump, but how could this thread exist with no mention of Peter F Hamilton, more specifically his Night's Dawn Trilogy, if you've read the books you'll know what I mean.

that is all.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby SlyReaper » Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:51 pm UTC

I hated the Nights Dawn trilogy. More accurately, I hated the first book because that's all I managed to slog my way through before I gave up. My biggest problem with it was too many characters and too many completely unrelated plot threads. I'd be reading a chapter and following a plot thread, and then the next chapter comes along and carries on an earlier story I've already completely forgotten about. And nothing makes sense because you're assumed to have remembered what was going on earlier. Half the time, I couldn't even remember who was supposed to be who, or if we'd encountered a particular character yet.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby AvatarIII » Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:56 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:I hated the Nights Dawn trilogy. More accurately, I hated the first book because that's all I managed to slog my way through before I gave up. My biggest problem with it was too many characters and too many completely unrelated plot threads. I'd be reading a chapter and following a plot thread, and then the next chapter comes along and carries on an earlier story I've already completely forgotten about. And nothing makes sense because you're assumed to have remembered what was going on earlier. Half the time, I couldn't even remember who was supposed to be who, or if we'd encountered a particular character yet.

Sounds like an anime right?
Although I was more going for the random people from history flinging white fire around the place, and flying ships that look like dragons and giant eagles and stuff.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby Jorpho » Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:16 am UTC

AvatarIII wrote:but how could this thread exist with no mention of Peter F Hamilton, more specifically his Night's Dawn Trilogy
It appears to have been mentioned several times, actually. Unlike Kiln People. Why don't more people love Kiln People? It is such a very awesome book.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby Adacore » Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:28 am UTC

SlyReaper wrote:I hated the Nights Dawn trilogy. More accurately, I hated the first book because that's all I managed to slog my way through before I gave up. My biggest problem with it was too many characters and too many completely unrelated plot threads. I'd be reading a chapter and following a plot thread, and then the next chapter comes along and carries on an earlier story I've already completely forgotten about. And nothing makes sense because you're assumed to have remembered what was going on earlier. Half the time, I couldn't even remember who was supposed to be who, or if we'd encountered a particular character yet.

Most of the disparate storylines do tie into the 'main' plot fairly well. It just takes 2500 pages for it to happen. But yeah, that's the kind of book I like, with a vast sprawling world, multiple interweaving plots and 20+ main characters. There were a lot of B-plots to establish the effect the events were having on the universe as a whole, though. Most of the Edenist bits, the New California stuff, the Valisk bits and the Kulu empire stuff was just scene-setting fluff really.

All the story really needs to function is Joshua, Quinn, Ione, maybe Louise, and Alkad Mzu. But that's really not the point.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby AvatarIII » Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:45 am UTC

I seem to remember the Dariat/Valisk sub plot being quite important, (and considering I finished reading the last book in 2006 it must have been quite memorable) but I guess if you wanted to turn the 3k+pp trilogy into a 400pp book, or a movie god-forbid,, you're probably right.
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It appears to have been mentioned several times, actually. Unlike Kiln People. Why don't more people love Kiln People? It is such a very awesome book.


Where? I scanned the thread and did a text search, found nothing.
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Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Postby Jorpho » Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:13 pm UTC

AvatarIII wrote:Where? I scanned the thread and did a text search, found nothing.
(Search for "Dawn".)
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