High-concept, Hugo-winning sci-fi novel Spin is coming to the small screen

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Jul 4, 2015, 4:10 PM EDT (Updated)

One of the best science fiction novels of the past decade is coming to television, and we can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Universal Cable Productions has acquired the rights to Robert Charles Wilson’s Hugo Award-winning novel Spin, with hopes to turn the time-bending tale into an “event series,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The book tells the story of three friends as they try to survive after the stars seemingly disappear and NASA determines that a black energy barrier has surrounded the Earth and time is traveling much faster outside of the barrier. Civilization then learns it doesn't have much time left before the sun expands and consumes the planet. Think Under the Dome, but with much bigger stakes. Oh, you know, and hopefully a lot better.

Universal Cable Productions development vice president Dawn Olmstead said the project is ripe for exploration on television thanks to its “dynamic characters and engaging storylines.” The series will be produced by Rob Morrow (Numb3rs, Joan of Arcadia) and Leslie Urdang (Beginners, A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Here’s what Morrow had to say about the adaptation:

“I picked up Spin as a holiday read with the notion of reading something for pleasure and instantly knew it had epic zeitgeist appeal. This is a giant fascinating ride that is wholly entertaining, portentous and will speak to all generations worldwide.”

No network is currently attached, though it's worth noting that Spin is just the first installment in a trilogy of books by Wilson. So if it eventually becomes a hit, there’s more than enough territory to mine for a few good years.

Do you think Spin will be a good fit on television? 

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)