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SF Media Tie-ins
 

Successful science fiction movies and TV series have always had a tendency to spawn tie-in printed books. Many movies have an accompanying novelization, usually based on an early version of the script. Some movies and TV shows produce other kinds of tie-ins too, such as episode guides and "behind the scenes" books about how they were made. These have almost vanished now, thanks to the rise of the Internet and the DVD "behind-the-scenes" documentary. But there are still a few of them around.

Novelizations

These are novels based on movies. I also have some novels based on successful TV shows, which are listed on their own pages.

  • 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
    Author: Clarke, Arthur C.
    Copyright:1968
    Publisher: Signet
    ISBN:
    Arthur C. Clarke wrote this novel in parallel with his work on the movie by the same name. It's a well-written SF yarn that makes sense and has a coherent storyline -- more than can be said for the film it's based on. (I happen to think that the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey is a masterwork of special effects, but as a dramatic story it fails completely.)
  • 2010: ODYSSEY TWO
    Author: Clarke, Arthur C.
    Copyright:1982
    Publisher: Del Rey
    ISBN: 0-345-30306-7
    The sequel to 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Unlike the first movie and novel, Clarke wrote this novel first, and then it was adapted into the script for the movie 2010: Odyssey Two.
  • ALIENS
    Author: Foster, Alan Dean
    Copyright:1986
    Publisher: Warner
    ISBN: 0-446-30139-6
    Novelization of the script for the movie ALIENS. Alan Dean Foster adds some backstory for the Colonial Marines and the girl Newt, but other than that it's simply a prose version of the script.
  • OCEAN GIRL
    Author: Hepworth, Peter
    Copyright:1994
    Publisher: Hyperion Paperbacks
    ISBN: 0-7868-1070-X
    OCEAN GIRL was a half-hour SF series produced and set in Australia, and aimed at a young-adult audience. This is a short YA-level novel based on the first season of series.
  • TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY
    Author: Frakes, Randall
    Copyright:1991
    Publisher: Bantam Books
    ISBN: 0-553-29169-6
    Novelization of the movie TERMINATOR 2. Adds several scenes that were cut from the theatrical film, including some that are significant. Most of them have been restored to the "director's cut" of the film, which is available only on DVD.
  • TERMINATOR, THE
    Author: Frakes & Wisher
    Copyright:1984
    Publisher: Bantam Books
    ISBN: 0-553-25317-4
    Novelization of the script for THE TERMINATOR. Adds a few scenes cut from the movie, but nothing significant.

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Behind the Scenes

These are books about the making of various movies and TV series. Few of these are being printed anymore; their role in fandom has been taken over by websites and DVD documentaries. But they're still fun to read.

  • CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER, THE
    Author: Ellison, Harlan
    Copyright:1995
    Publisher: White Wolf
    ISBN: 1-56504-964-0
    Most fans and authorities agree that "The City on the Edge of Forever," by famed SF writer Harlan Ellison, is the finest episode that Star Trek ever produced. Even those who don't call it THE best agree it's one of the two or three best. But there's a fairly complex and not-very-pleasant backstory behind this episode, which is told by Ellison in this book.
  • MAKING OF JURASSIC PARK, THE
    Author: Shay and Duncan
    Copyright:1993
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    ISBN: 0-345-38122-X
    An excellent "behind the scenes" look at the making of the movie Jurassic Park. It has a number of details that have never gotten into any TV or DVD documentary that I've seen.
  • MAKING OF STAR TREK, THE
    Author: Whitfield, Stephen
    Copyright:1968
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    ISBN: 0-345-02697-7
    A thick, very detailed look at the origins and production of the original Star Trek series.
  • STAR TREK LIVES!
    Author: Lichtenberg, Marshak, Winston
    Copyright:1975
    Publisher: Bantam Books
    ISBN:
    A look at the "Star Trek phenomenon" and Star Trek fandom circa the early 1970s. It does an excellent job of summarizing why Star trek was such a tremendous success.
  • T2: THE MAKING OF TERMINATOR 2 JUDGEMENT DAY
    Author: Shay and Duncan
    Copyright:1991
    Publisher: Bantam Books
    ISBN: 0-553-35346-2
    A look at the story behind the movie TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY. It contains several details and anecdotes that I haven't seen in any "making of" documentary about this film.
  • THE TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES: The Story Behind a Star Trek Show
    Author: Gerrold, David
    Copyright:1973
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    ISBN: 0-345-23402-2
    Tribbles. Not the best episode Star Trek ever did, but certainly one of the most popular and one of the best-loved. David Gerrold was a raw novice writer just out of college when he first started trying to sell a story to Star Trek for its second season. This book is the story of that episode, from initial idea to final shooting script and beyond.
  • TRUTH IS OUT THERE, THE: The Official Guide To THE X-FILES
    Author: Lowry, Brian
    Copyright:1995
    Publisher: Harper
    ISBN: 0-06-105330-9
    A pretty good episode guide to the first four seasons of the 1990s TV series The X-Files.
  • WORLD OF STAR TREK, THE
    Author: Gerrold, David
    Copyright:1973
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    ISBN: 0-345-24938-0
    A candid look at the production of the original Star Trek by one of the series's best-known writers.

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