Alan Moore has his own tirade about the conversion of his literary works into movies, not much of it positive, but that’s another post entirely. Sorry about your copyrights, Alan, but I still love the movies.
Despite all this, I am going to take a perhaps unpopular viewpoint here and say that Frank Herbert should have stopped after the first book. I will attempt to explain my twisted reasoning.
Zombie steampunk. Really, how much better can you get than that?
This month my mom read the book and came to the meeting, but since she'd never read any steampunk before, she had a lot of questions about what steampunk is. If you haven't read any before either, here is what we told her.
Shatner wrote a series of books in the TekWar series, made several made-for-tv movies and even had a series on USA. Shatner had a role as Walk Bascom the owner of the detective agency and the person that brought Jake out of the freezer.
Cardigan was a great character because he was a good guy, but just got in over his head. He got addicted a the drug Tek, much like the modern day equivalent of heroin, and was framed for murder. He was locked up in a cryogenic unit for a few years before Bascom got him out.
In the books and television show, the young Kirk wasn't afraid to take chances and bend... if not completely break... the rules. Captains like Jean-Luc Picard and Ben Sisko were much more methodical and straight arrow than the adventurous Kirk. Age matured the adventurous captain and while he was still a risk taker, he understood the impact the decisions had on everyone around him.
This is classically expressed in the twin paradox. One twin stays on Earth and the other goes in an faster than light vehicle. While the twin in the ship only travels 10 days, more than a year has passed on Earth. So one twin, is almost a year older.
Star Trek created the most well known type of transportation: warp drive. The engine create a warp bubble around the ship that allows it to travel many times the speed of light, but is separate from the time distortion. In essence, the ship isn't is moving, but everything around it is.
In any case, The Host is by far Stephenie Meyer's best work. I seem to remember her being quoted somewhere as calling it "science fiction for people who don't like science fiction," and I suppose that's correct because the story is really fantastic. It's part Star Trek, part invasion sci-fi -- it makes me think of movies like The Faculty. But I think making it sound like it's for people who don't like science fiction is actually selling it short, because I am an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy, and I really loved this book. Perhaps calling it "sci-fi for everyone" would be more appropriate.