Um, I wish Yates luck, mostly for my own sake, but a prior Dr. Who movie was a tanker. Maybe we'll do better this time. FWIW, I miss Colin Baker, he was my sort of Doctor. No wishy washy feel good: kill the bad guys if needed. ;-)
Oops! Sorry... mixed references to two sci-fi series' without saying which I was talking about at the end.
Sadly, it's probably not likely that anyone will attempt another movie adaptation based on Douglas Adams' works for a long while ( again ). "Doctor Who", though, is another story.
I had first seen the story in an "AWN Flash" newsletter a few days ago. In the past couple of days, a small flurry of stories have appeared online ( just google "David Yates" ) including an interesting io9 article on why this might be the best thing to happen to "Doctor Who".
Max, FYI, awhile back ( like about late 2006 ) the folks over at CGSociety ( www.cgsociety.org ) based one of their regular CG Challenge competitions on "EON".
Some of the amazing images ( in traditional illustration, 3D-rendered, and animation format ) can still be seen at http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/eon/.
Speaking of the Doctor Who Starship UK/Spacewhale episode ( ...spacewhale?... not an enormous mutant stargoat?... like that one rumored to have been threatening all those ad-men, insurance salesmen, hairdressers and telephone sanitizers, before they left doomed planet Golgafrincham in their "B-Ark"?... ) apparently David Yates, of HARRY POTTER film-directing fame, is now getting set to direct a big screen adaptation for the BBC! Not based on the series, though... another entirely new reboot.
Still, that might be one I think I might actually be willing to hazard going to a theater for!
Gee, guys... "The Book of the Long Sun", Wolfe. Hasn't anyone mentioned that in this thread? Discussing "best" in this context is pointless, that's like "best" beer. And the authors mentioned here aren't small beer, either. I like the Wolfe book. But there are so many gen ship novels... I am remembering them as I look over the thread. Lots of fun. Curiously enough, one significant author, Jack Vance, didn't go in for gen ships, although he did write an outline for such a story. (If you don't know anything about Jack Vance, you have missed the ship, partner...)
Star Trek TOS (The Original Series) doesn't count if you're talking about the Enterprise (A Generation Ship is slower than light)...
... but are you saying that there was an episode with a Generation Ship in it?...
Now you mention it I vaguely seem to remember something ... but not much ... can you remember the name of the episode?
Yes -- that's right -- it was the latest Dr Who -- the ship was a city riding on the back of a "Space Whale"...
...I was a bit surprised by this episode because the Dr almost lobotomized the Space Whale ... that's not something the old Dr(s) would have done (mutter mutter, groan moan)