I used to have a book that was all short stories made into movies. I know the story for Death Race 2000 and I think The Running Man were in there. Does anyone remember what it was called. I would like to get it again.


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I guess it's one of these anthologies containing Ib Melchior's story "The Racer" aka Death Race 2000. (That story is in a few other anthologies, but these are the ones on the made-into-movies theme.)

They Came from Outer Space: 12 Classic Science Fiction Tales That Became Major Motion Pictures (1981) edited by Jim Wynorski:

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Reel Future:The Stories That Inspired 16 Classic Science Fiction Movies (1994) edited by Forrest J. Ackerman and Jean Stine:

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Science-Fiction Classics: The Stories That Morphed into Movies (1999) edited by Forrest J. Ackerman:

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You're probably thinking of Reel Future


Reel Future is an anthology of stories on which films were made, including:

  • "The Racer" (Death Race 2000) by Ib Melchior
  • "Eight O'Clock in the Morning" (They Live!) by Ray Nelson
  • "Who Goes There?" (The Thing) by John W. Campbell, Jr.

And others. Each story had a little blurb about how it came to be made into a film, and I recall there were some black & white photos from the films as well.

The Running Man was based on a novella by Richard Bachman (a.k.a. Stephen King), which seems to have only been published with other books by "Bachman".

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