The Terminal. Poster of the 2004 movie and cover of the 2004 book, The Terminal Man
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The Terminal Man
Alfred Mehran, Andrew Donkin, 2004
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Steven Spielberg, 2004

Viktor Navorski, a traveler from the fictional nation of Krakozhia, arrives at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, only to discover that his passport is suddenly no longer valid. With no other choice, Viktor settles in at the terminal with only his luggage and a Planters peanut can, much to the frustration of Frank Dixon, the temporary customs director of the airport.


I, Robot. Poster of the 2004 movie and cover of the 1950 book
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I, Robot
Isaac Asimov, 1950
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Alex Proyas, 2004

In the year 2035, humanoid robots serve humanity, which is protected by the Three Laws of Robotics of Isaac Asimov. When Dr. Alfred Lanning, co-founder of U.S. Robotics ( USR ), falls to his death from his office window, a message he left behind requests Spooner be assigned to the case.


The Frighteners. Poster of the 1996 movie and cover of the book novelization
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The Frighteners
Michael Jahn, 1996
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Peter Jackson, 1996

In 1990, architect Frank Bannister’s wife, Debra, dies in a car accident. He abandons his profession and his unfinished dream house sits incomplete. Following the accident, Frank gained the power to see ghosts and befriends three: 1970s street gangster Cyrus, 1950s nerd Stuart, and The Judge, a gunslinger from the Old West. The ghosts haunt houses so Frank can then exorcise them for a fee. Most locals consider him a con man.


Mercury Rising. Poster of the 1998 movie and cover of the 1996 book, Simple Simon
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Simple Simon
Ryne Douglas Pearson, 1996
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Harold Becker, 1998

During a bank robbery hostage situation, an undercover FBI agent, Art Jeffries, attempts unsuccessfully to negotiate for more time to defuse the situation. A nine-year-old autistic savant boy, Simon Lynch is given an adult puzzle book by his teacher, and deciphers with his eye a phone number in a numerical puzzle. Simon phones the number, and Pedranski and Crandell report the situation to their boss, division chief Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Kudrow.


King of the World. Poster of the 2000 movie and cover of the 1998 book
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King of the World
David Remnick, 1998
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John Sacret Young, 2000

The early career of the boxer Muhammad Ali, then recognized as Cassius Clay, unfolds as he readies himself for a title fight against Sonny Liston. Amidst this preparation, he grapples with reconciling his private and public personas.