Kim Stanley Robinson's acclaimed Mars Trilogy is colonizing TV

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Sep 24, 2014, 5:46 PM EDT

One of the most acclaimed science fiction sagas of the last 25 years is headed for adaptation.

The Wrap reports that producer Vince Gerardis (Game of ThronesFlashForward) has just landed a development deal at Spike TV for Red Mars, a drama series adapted from Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy, made up of 1993's Red Mars, 1994's Green Mars, and 1996's Blue Mars. The series is considered a modern science fiction classic and garnered a combined two Hugo Awards, two Locus Awards, a Nebula Award and a British Science Fiction Association Award. Robinson will serve as a consultant on the project.

“This series shines a light onto many views of what it means to be human — and asks if can we sustain our humanity under incredible duress,” Spike TV's executive vice president, original series Sharon Levy said. “We are thrilled to partner with such an accomplished producer as Vince Gerardis to tell this incredible and thought-provoking story.”

Featuring dozens of characters and decades of story, The Mars Trilogy is the story of humanity's efforts to colonize and terraform Mars as the Earth suffers from overpopulation. The series explores not only the struggle to make the Red Planet habitable but also the effects that corporations as large as governments, genetic engineering, extended lifespans, further human space exploration and more have on civilization. There's a lot to unpack in these books, so exploring the story via long-form television seems like a good fit, if Spike (a network not known for scripted dramas) can deliver the production value. 

So, yet another ambitious genre series is heading to the small screen, provided the development process works out. We'll keep you updated.

(Via The Wrap)