Adapted for film and television

Sci-fi novels make the leap to screen

At least six upcoming film and TV productions are based on popular science-fiction novels

Annihilation stars Natalie Portman as a former soldier investigating what happened to her husband inside Area X, a quarantined zone that is overrun by strange creatures and changing landscapes.
Annihilation stars Natalie Portman as a former soldier investigating what happened to her husband inside Area X, a quarantined zone that is overrun by strange creatures and changing landscapes.PHOTOS: NETFLIX, REUTERS, UIP
The Netflix series Altered Carbon boasts stunning visuals of a futuristic world.
The Netflix series Altered Carbon boasts stunning visuals of a futuristic world.
Big cities chase out smaller cities in the world of Mortal Engines .
Big cities chase out smaller cities in the world of Mortal Engines .PHOTOS: ATSUSHI NISHIJIMA/ THE WASHINGTON POST, MGM, UIP, WARNER BROS PICTURES
Oprah Winfrey (left) and Storm Reid (right) in A Wrinkle In Time.
Oprah Winfrey (left) and Storm Reid (right) in A Wrinkle In Time.PHOTOS: ATSUSHI NISHIJIMA/ THE WASHINGTON POST, MGM, UIP, WARNER BROS PICTURES

A number of popular sci-fi novels are making the leap from the page to the screen this year, both for the cinema as well as the goggle box.

And thanks to advancements in film and television production technology, the fantastic futuristic worlds one reads about in the books now look and feel more alive than ever in moving pictures.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2018, with the headline 'Sci-fi goes from book to screen'. Subscribe