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Read It Before They Screen It: Hyperion and First Man


Hyperion, the Hugo Award-winning novel from Dan Simmons, will be turned into a feature film by producer Graham King.

Hyperion deals with a space war, with most of the action taking place on a planet named Hyperion, known not only for its electricity-spewing trees but also for the Time Tombs, large artifacts that can move through time. The tombs are guarded by a monster called the Shrike, which impales people on metal trees.

"A magnificently original blend of themes and styles," declares the Denver Post.

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Universal has picked up the rights to the life story of Neil Armstrong, First Man.

Screenwriter Nicole Perlman says of the project:

The closer he got to the moon, the further away he became from his family....He had a family tragedy before Apollo that turned him into this driven astronaut, and he became such a perfect hero that while Buzz Aldrin was announced to be the first man on the moon, NASA reversed its decision because Neil was regarded as more heroic.

"[A] host of fascinating new insights into the nature of the spacefaring enterprise itself," praises Walter Cronkite. "A book for all time."

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Tavis adds content and edits images for Powells.com. His favorite books are original screenplays, and his favorite movies are based on books. Go figure.


Books mentioned in this post

  1. Hyperion
    Used Mass Market $4.50
  2. First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong Used Trade Paper $7.50



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