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Arthur C. Clarke’s CHILDHOOD’S END & Larry Niven’s RINGWORLD Being Adapted as SyFy Miniseries

According to Blastr, two classic science fiction novels are headed to the SyFy channel.

The first is Ringworld by Larry Niven. The four-hour miniseries version of Ringworld follows a team of deep-space explorers investigating an alien artifact. (Guess which one?) The team crash-lands, encounters alien technology, and discovers the ruins of a lost civilization that could control the fate of the world.

The second novel is Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke, which depicts the effects of an alien invasion that “turns the Earth into a near-utopia”.

Blastr notes other miniseries adaptations in the works at SyFy: Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King, The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick and an apocalyptic project titled Darkfall.

[via David K. M. Klaus]

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15 Comments on Arthur C. Clarke’s CHILDHOOD’S END & Larry Niven’s RINGWORLD Being Adapted as SyFy Miniseries

  1. Sci-Fi / SyFy has a bad track record in my opinion. I never have high hopes for their projects.

  2. Mega Kzinti vs Puppeteeroid?

  3. Ringworld doesn’t strike me as a particularly televisual spectacle. It worked wonderfully in my head, but on the small screen…

  4. Michael Watson // April 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm //

    This sucks. SyFy ruins books it adapts. They really ought to get some SciFi fans over at SyFy…

    • OBloodyhell // April 12, 2013 at 4:47 pm //

      No, they have all the Sci Fi fans they need. The need some actual SF fans there. They produce **Sci Fi** quite effectively.

      ‘Speculative Fiction’
      is flawless diction,
      ‘SF’, too,
      is fine to do,
      But if ‘Attack of the Carrots from Mars’
      makes you cry,
      NEVER use the term ‘Sci-Fi’.
      – C. B. Kelly –

      • Oh, I love this!

      • “SF” or “Scifi” – The whole thing smacks of elitism, of people who are handing down edicts on what books/movies/whatever are acceptable.

        I’ve heard this before, but I can never remember if “SF or “Sci Fi” is supposed to be the “bad” term. There’s no linguistic reason to prefer one arbitrary label over the other to use for works I like; it’s too easy to invent a mnemonic either way.

  5. that its being adapted is awesome.

    that its being adapted by syfy?….. slightly less so

  6. bill derbyshire // April 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm //

    I would like to be hopeful…….but i agree with michael they need some real SciFi fans over there.

    They actually put wrestling on????????

  7. When it started out as Sci Fi Channel, it made some decent TV series but ever since the personnel changed and managed to ruin it along with the name change to SyFy, especially with this insulting explanation on the name change:

    “The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular…We spent a lot of time in the ’90s trying to distance the network from science fiction, which is largely why it’s called Sci Fi.”- Tim Brooks, founder of Sci-Fi

    So in a nutshell, I am pissed off that SyFy PICKED two real Sci Fi GEMS to adapt for TV series! Arghh!!!

    • OBloodyhell // April 12, 2013 at 4:50 pm //

      Tim Brooks demonstrates that he knows nothing of SF.

      The success of Big Bang Theory more than amply shows that being a nerd has some “cool” aspects.

      P.S., the only REAL reason for changing the name to the idiotic “SyFy” is because they probably could not trademark “Sci Fi”. I have not asked an attorney to verify this but it seems remarkably “duh”.

  8. Like many of you, I did the same two thoughts. I LOVED the Ringworld series as well as the new “Of Worlds” follow up. I kept telling my son that I hoped Speilberg or the likes would pick it up as a trilogy similar to Star Wars or Lord of the Rings. But then when I saw SyFy was going to do it, I thought this will not only go badly, it will also put ‘stink’ on it and other reputable venues won’t do a remake. What a shame.

  9. tati is not a twit // May 6, 2013 at 8:49 am //

    They seem to be inching back towards the fans they alienated. They also have a couple of other series’ in the pipe: “No Place,” based on the Top Cow comic book “The Test” by Matt Hawkins and Joshua Hale Fialkov; “The Man in the High Castle,” by Philip K. Dick; “High Moon,” an adaptation of John Christopher’s best-selling novel “The Lotus Caves”–and at least ten other series that are actually scripted rather than their usual pseudoreality tripe.

    Whether they get those fans back remains to be seen, of course.

  10. missallen // May 6, 2013 at 11:22 am //

    I can understand Ringworld — full of exotic action/creatures. But Childhood’s End? It is melancholy, elegaic, and basically deals with the end of the world as we know it. That’s what scares me — that SyFy (pronounced “Sif-fee” with contempt around our house)will take that book and turn it into the Saturday night movie “Devil Overlords”.

  11. I think that some are confusing the SyFy mini-series creations with the SyFy “originals” that premier on Saturday nights.

    Personally, I think the mini-series have not been that bad. I enjoyed the Dune adaptations.

    @MikeP: The “Mega Kzinti vs Puppeteeroid” quote was hilarious.

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