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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 059): What Science Fiction Series Deserves the HBO 10-Episode-Per-Book Treatment?

In episode 59 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks the panel: What Scifi Series/novel would you like to see get the HBO, 10 episodes per book, treatment?

This week’s panel:

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13 Comments on The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 059): What Science Fiction Series Deserves the HBO 10-Episode-Per-Book Treatment?

  1. Steve Wilson // June 20, 2011 at 1:52 am //

    David Wingrove’s Chung Kuo series. Has the same epic clash-of-great-houses storyline as Game of Thrones or Dune.

  2. Katherine Kerr’s Devery cycle could make for a fascinating tv series if HBO had the confidence to embrace it. If you want straight up hard hitting fantasy drama Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy would go down a treat. For scifi could you think of anything better than KSR’s Mars trilogy.

  3. When we recorded the podcast I brief thought, briefly, Andy, about mentioning the Liveship Traders trilogy out of Hobb’s universe. But I think I mentioned enough!





  4. Isn’t AMC doing an adaption (adaptation?) of the Mars trilogy?


  5. Not sure about AMC. In the past, both the Syyyyy Fyyyyy Channel and James Cameron (together, at one point, IIRC) announced efforts to work on at least “Red Mars”. Lots of things get optioned, very few come to fruition.

  6. I’d like to see the Rama books finally filmed. or at least the first two. people have said before that the first book would be super boring as a movie, and i agree, but i think if its more of a “flashback” at the beginning of the second book, it could work.

    Also, i’d like to see the last two books in Clarke’s 2001 series come to life. 

  7. 1. Neverness by David Zindell and the three that follow called An Eulogy for Homo Sapiens

    2. Sector General by James White

    3. A Door into  Ocean that starts the series that studies the world of Elysium by Joan Slonczewski.Assuming the Chair of her Biology Dept. interfered with writing further.

    I hope Nick does not think this is me being haphazard and I hope further that all the bean counters have gone home.

  8. Takeshi Kovacs, Varley’s Gaia series and the Marid Audran books.

  9. Projects currently under development:


    THE WHEEL OF TIME: At Universal as a series of movies, despite strong fan protestations that a TV series is the only way to go.

    ALTERED CARBON: AFAIK, Hollywood uber-producer Joel Silver (THE MATRIX) has the rights and has been trying to get this off the ground for ten years.

    THE MARS TRILOGY: At AMC with Gale Ann Hurd as a producer, though likely on the backburner until she’s done with THE WALKING DEAD.

    THE AMTRAK WARS: Patrick Tilley’s mid-1980s post-apocalyptic, samurai vs high-tech Americans vs Native Americans with magic, epic is currently with an Australian production company, being developed under the name THE TALISMAN PROPHECY. Interesting to see if anything comes of it.

    THE PRINCE OF NOTHING: The director of THE GOLDEN COMPASS really wanted to make this as a mini-series, but I doubt it’ll ever happen. It’s so dark and nihilistic it makes GAME OF THRONES look like a romcom.


    As for what ones I’d like to see on TV, I’d take either Peter F. Hamilton’s NIGHT’S DAWN TRILOGY or Stephen Donaldson’s GAP SAGA. Or both, really.

  10. I was glad to see Zelazny’s Amber series getting some love in the podcast, but I agree that I’m not sure the material lends itself to the full HBO treatment – those novels are short and a series would require tremendous style to pull off.

    I think something with similar hooks and appeal, but maybe even more suitable material, would be Charles Stross’s Merchant Princes series. It’s got SF disguised as fantasy, exploration of alternate Earths, intrigue, black ops espionage, post-9/11 political thriller chills, action and adventure, plenty of characters and side plots, and wrapped up with it, a stealth primer on development economics that even Paul Krugman thinks is brilliant. 

    From graphic novels, I would love, and I mean really love, a full-scale HBO version of Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles, or (for a very different flavour) Jason Lutes’s Berlin.  

  11. Cliff H // June 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm //

    Would it be possible to list each pannelist’s list of choices?  

    This would be a great list of books to take to the bookstore and or library.

    Thanks in advance

  12. @Cliff: Stay tuned for a follow-up post showing the books mentioned in the podcast. 🙂 

  13. Greg L. // June 23, 2011 at 9:06 pm //

    William R. Forstchen’s Lost Regiment series (Civil War sci-fi).

    Zelazny’s Amber books (Sliders meets LOTR).

    Donaldson’s Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever books.

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