The Queen's Gambit. Poster of the 2020 TV series and cover of the 1983 book
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The Queen's Gambit
Walter Tevis, 1983
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Scott Frank, Allan Scott, 2020

The Queen’s Gambit follows the life of an orphan chess prodigy, Elizabeth Harmon, during her quest to become the world’s greatest chess player while struggling with emotional problems and drug and alcohol dependency. The story begins in the mid-1950s and proceeds into the 1960s.


The Hustler. Poster of the 1961 movie and cover of the 1959 book
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The Hustler
Walter Tevis, 1959
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Robert Rossen, 1961

Small-time pool hustler Fast” Eddie Felson travels cross-country with his partner Charlie to challenge the legendary player Minnesota Fats. Eddie gets ahead $11,000 and Charlie tries to convince him to quit, but Eddie insists the game will end only when Fats says it is over.


The Color of Money. Poster of the 1986 movie and cover of the 1984 book
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The Color of Money
Walter Tevis, 1984
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Martin Scorsese, 1986

Eddie Felson is a former pool hustler turned successful liquor salesman in Chicago. He still stakes bets for players, including fellow hustler Julian, who is outmatched at nine-ball by the young and charismatic Vincent Lauria. Recognizing Vincent’s skill, and his girlfriend Carmen’s inexperience at luring players to lose money, Eddie tells the couple of their excellent potential for hustling.


The Man Who Fell to Earth. Poster of the 1976 movie and cover of the 1963 book
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The Man Who Fell to Earth
Walter Tevis, 1963
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Nicolas Roeg, 1976

Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth from a distant planet on a mission to take water back to his home planet, which is experiencing a catastrophic drought. Newton uses the advanced technology of his home planet to patent many inventions on Earth, and acquires tremendous wealth as the head of a technology-based conglomerate.


The Man Who Fell to Earth. Poster of the 2022 TV series and cover of the 1963 book
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The Man Who Fell to Earth
Walter Tevis, 1963
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Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet, John Hlavin, 2022-

Faraday is an alien who lands on Earth as his own planet fights for survival. He was sent to meet struggling mum and brilliant scientist Justin Falls and warns her that his planet is dying and the Earth is on the same trajectory. Justin agrees to help him but the pair face huge obstacles, not least their own inner turmoil that could cost them their lives and jeopardise the fate of two worlds.


The Man Who Fell to Earth. Poster of the 1987 movie and cover of the 1963 book
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The Man Who Fell to Earth
Walter Tevis, 1963
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Bobby Roth, 1987

Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who falls to Earth from a distant planet, landing in New Mexico. Appearing as an Englishman, Thomas has arrived on Earth on a mission to bring water back to his home planet, which is experiencing a catastrophic drought. Newton swiftly uses the advanced technology of his home planet to patent many inventions on Earth.