Question of the Day

Yesterday, I discovered that Tom Cruise bought the movie rights to William R. Forstchen's novel series The Lost Regiment. My heart soared with this news, for the long out-of-print saga deserved far greater popularity than it acquired.

The nine books of The Lost Regiment series begin in January, 1865. A Maine infantry regiment is sucked into an interstellar wormhole and thrown onto an alien world. There, they encounter a people clearly descended from medieval Russian peasants. After gaining a rudimentary understanding of their language, the Yankee soldiers learn of a dark menace on the planet called the "Tugars".

The saga is a glorious and exciting depiction of courage, honor, and determination. So it would be fitting that so fine a tale would be presented on the silver screen. Alas, the source for this news dated back to 2002, so my hope was unfounded. There's no reason to think that Tom Cruise will bring The Lost Regiment to theaters.

But this does bring me to today's Question of the Day:

What underrated science fiction or fantasy novel do you think should be turned into a movie?

Image: Penguin Books

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