So, what's the best sci-fi film never made?
Note: Nominations are now closed. Thanks for the stampede of sugestions. We're now ploughing through the lot to make the final selection for the poll. Watch this space...
We know a lot of you are sci-fi buffs, and have your own personal feelings on what would make the ultimate sci-fi movie.
The recent news that Paramount will attempt to bring The Martian Chronicles to the big screen has raised a few eyebrows, with some commenters suggesting there are far worthier titles yet to be given the Hollywood treatment.
So, let's hear them. Email your suggestions to me here, and we'll take the most popular and offer them to the traditional El Reg reader vote next week.
Your nomination should not ever have been made into a film, no matter how bad the result (ie, no demands for a "proper remake"), and there is absolutely no moaning allowed if your suggestion doesn't make the final poll.
Get to it. ®
Carry on posting suggestions as comments to this story if you wish - we'll take those on board as well.
It's got to be Iain M Banks' "Consider Phlebas'.
The opening scene; the attack on the temple; the fight under the hovercraft; the CAT shooting its way out of the small-bay; the ice-berg; taking an orbital down with grid-fire; the train. It's made for the big screen. It's the ultimate space-opera, with weird aliens, hyper-intelligent machines, rocket-ships and ray-guns. There's even a plot twist where the "evil" culture turn out to be the good guys (oops, spoiler, sorry).
But it doesn't stop there. Once the culture has been introduced, the sequel potential using it as a framework is fantastic; Excession, Use of Weapons; The Player of Games; Look to Windward...
And Iain's on record as saying that he wouldn't mind (too much) if they stapled a happy ending onto it. You know: Horza survives and sees the error of his ways; hooks up with Balveda, who recruits him into SC. Job done. Hollywood'll love it!
A Culture movie
Would be fantastic if done well but could be awful if done badly, but I'd like to see someone try. Look to Windward would work well as a movie.
The Rat obviously
Of the Stainless Steel Type naturally.
Then there is the wondeful
Venus on the Half Shell by Kilgore Trout (aka K Vonnegut)
Mines the one with a copy of Stranger in a Strange Land in the pocket. (I'm reading it on the train at the moment)