#1 – I’d start with Patricia A. McKillip’s trilogy:
“Long ago, the wizards had vanished from the world, and all knowledge was left hidden in riddles. Morgon, prince of the simple farmers of Hed, proved himself a master of such riddles when he staked his life to win a crown from the dead Lord of Aum. But now ancient, evil forces were threatening him. Shape changers began replacing friends until no man could be trusted. So Morgon was forced to flee to hostile kingdoms, seeking the High One who ruled from mysterious Erlenstar Mountain. Beside him went Deth, the High One’s Harper. Ahead lay strange encounters and terrifying adventures. And with him always was the greatest of unsolved riddles; the nature of the three stars on his forehead that seemed to drive him toward his ultimate destiny.”
#2 – Who doesn’t love a Sci-fi murder mystery? David Brin’s Sundiver, the Uplift Saga #1
“No species has ever reached for the stars without the guidance of a patron–except perhaps mankind. Did some mysterious race begin the uplift of humanity aeons ago? Circling the sun, under the caverns of Mercury, Expedition Sundiver prepares for the most momentous voyage in history–a journey into the boiling inferno of the sun.”
#3 – Here’s one for Netflix or Amazon! James White’s Hospital Station, Sector General #1
“Sector general is the home of many strange creatures, including humans! It is a vast sectionalized hospital, set up in space to care for all kinds of extra-terrestrials. Each section has a different atmosphere and habitat to cater for the many different species… all the problems of the staff and patients are in this book… how to design a spacesuit for a surgeon with eight legs?”
#4 – Forget Planet of the Apes! L. Neil Smith’s The Probability Broach is a great alternate reality history lesson!
“Denver detective Win Bear, on the trail of a murderer, discovers much more than a killer. He accidentally stumbles upon the probability broach, a portal to a myriad of worlds–some wildly different from, others disconcertingly similar to our own. Win finds himself transported to an alternate Earth where Congress is in Colorado, everyone carries a gun, there are gorillas in the Senate, and public services are controlled by private businesses.”
#5 – Magic humor, dragons, assassins, and good food in your wheelhouse? Then Steven Brust’s Vlad Taltos series will have you munching popcorn like a disposal!
“A welcome addition to any fantasy fan’s library, The Book of Jhereg follows the antics of the wise-cracking assassin Vlad Taltos and his dragon-like companion through their first three adventures: Jhereg, Yendi, and Teckla. From his rookie assassin days to his selfless feats of heroism, the dauntless Vlad will hold readers spellbound and The Book of Jhereg will take its place among the classic compilations in fantasy.”
Well, those are five adaptions I’d really enjoy. What is your pick?