Top Ten TV Shows from Sci Fi books

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  The blog hop features lists related to all things bookish–characters, authors, titles, and favorites. They’re an excellent way to find new interesting books on a variety of topics, and to connect with bloggers who love the books you do.


This week’s theme is a TV topic in honor of Fall TV. I’ve chosen science fiction books that have been produced for the small screen. No movies allowed!

  1. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke. This new six-hour mini-series delves into one of Clarke’s most memorable novel. You know, I really ought to re-read it.
  2. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. This Amazon mini-series is based on Dick’s best book, IMHO.
  3. Gateway by Frederik Pohl. This eagerly awaited mini-series, not yet released, is based on a Hugo & Nebula award winning book. It’s one of the best sci fi books ever.
  4. Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer. Rob is a friend and mentor of mine, so I’m definitely going to mention this lavish production that aired on ABC a few years ago.
  5. Game of Thrones by George RR Martin. You might just possibly have heard of this HBO series. If you haven’t, you must live on a different planet.
  6. The Flash. Okay, it isn’t sci fi and it isn’t from a book, but this is my list, okay? We watched the filming of a scene right outside the window of my son’s apartment, and Flash’s ‘headquarters’ are the exterior of Vancouver City Hall, two blocks from his place. That’s more than enough reason for me to include it.
  7. Dune by Frank Herbert. The 2000 SyFy channel mini-series, not the horrendous feature film by David Lynch.
  8. Mysterious Island by Jules Verne.  This 1951 series ran for 15 episodes. Verne has long been a favorite with the cameras. The first adaptation I came across was filmed in 1901. That’s not a typo. 1901!!!
  9. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. A 1972 animated series. Yes, even kiddies know and love Jules Verne.
  10. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne. Another animated series, this one from 1978. I was tempted to include Finding Nemo, because the name Nemo became associated with the ocean thanks to Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. But that’s a movie, not TV.

Be sure to check out some of the other fascinating lists.



  1. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Great list. I agree with your assessment of the Dune movie. I think I still have it on VCR.

  2. VCR? Wow., that’s like from the previous century!

  3. I really want to try The Man in the High Castle – the promos looked good. 🙂

    Check out my TTT.

    1. I still prefer the book, but it’s an extremely difficult book to dramatise because it’s seen from so many POVs. The adapters choice one or two POVs and stuck to them. They did a pretty good job.

  4. I have to admit, I only know The Flash and Game of Thrones! Both great shows! I’ll have to check the others out soon!

    1. The Jules Verne show may be a bit hard to find.

  5. Love the GoT show!!

    1. A lot of people do, that’s for sure.

      1. True, but it is its own entity, whilst being on the same course as the books. It is one of the few adaptations that are done extremely well! 🙂 It’s addictive in its own right

  6. I just started GOT recently.

    1. You have a lot of entertainment on your horizon, then.

  7. I’ve only made it through the first GOT book so far, but I really enjoyed it! I need to start reading the rest of them soon because I have the leather bound copies at my house just waiting for me!
    Great list Ed!

    1. Leather bound, eh? Snazzy.

      In November, George RR Martin is going to be speaking at a sci fi conference in my home town. I’ve got myself a signing booth to sell my own books, so I’m hoping he brings in lots of extra customers.

  8. The more TTT lists I’ve looked at this week, the more I realize how many shows I’ve not watched! Flashforward had such a high-profile, hugely talented cast and seemed like such a terrific show- that’s too bad that it got cancelled after just the first season.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT this week! 🙂

    1. I know what you mean. The only difference is that I already knew I watched little television. Especially series. I don’t want to get seduced into watching a show at the same time same station, because I have better things to do. Including books.

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