Science fiction fans love to debate about which beloved SF books would make good movies… or which would make bad movies. Among the books that fans usually seem to agree could not be made into good movies, two of my favorites inevitably come up, both by Arthur C. Clarke: Childhood’s End; and Rendezvous with Rama. Whenever I hear this, I have to laugh. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was developed from a “one-gag” short story (a weird monolith found on the Moon sends a message to the stars), but look what Stanley Kubrick did with that. And no, we don’t need another Kubrick to do justice with Rama and Childhood. All we need is a bit of imagination.
So, without further ado, here are some notes on how both books could be turned into fantastic movies.