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SyFy Greenlights NIGHTFLYERS Pilot

Here's some cool news for the fans of my Thousand Worlds stories... y'know, the science fiction that I wrote way back when, long before I thought of GAME OF THRONES.

The SyFy Channel has just greenlit the pilot for a proposed NIGHTFLYERS series, based on my 1980 Hugo-losing novella, one of my SF/ horror hybrids.

Details can be found here (and in lots of other places on the web):


Since I'm exclusive to HBO, I can't be part of the NIGHTFLYERS development, but I wish them well. The novella was a favorite of mine (especially the longer version that I did for BINARY STARS), and I think the show could have a lot of potential... especially if you like a little horror in your SF.

If it looks as good as THE EXPANSE, by my pal Jimmy Corey...

(That pic up above is me and Parris at Denvention II, by the way, the night that "Nightflyers" lost the Hugo to Gordy Dickson).


Jun. 25th, 2017 07:07 am (UTC)
Great news, generally I am not fan of ecranizations since they are bound to be worse than books, but I would love to be proven wrong on this account, since I love Nightflyers.

Do you per any chance know when will be seeing the pilot episode?

I have to find that story of Gordy's, if it had beaten Nightflyers it has to be good.
Jun. 25th, 2017 01:04 pm (UTC)
Will check out Nightflyers for sure.
Any chance in the future, getting a Pirate universe from you. I love how you wrote Ser Davos, Salladhor Saan and the sailors of Braavos.
Simmy San
Jun. 25th, 2017 04:51 pm (UTC)
george, when did you first decide to become a writer? i mean were your stories something that just came to you like JK Rowling? or did you plan to be a writer and then deliberately came up with your worlds (if this makes sense)?
Jun. 25th, 2017 08:01 pm (UTC)
I've been writing since I learned to read.
Frank Probst
Jun. 25th, 2017 08:15 pm (UTC)
Which version in Dreamsongs?
Do you know off-hand which version of the novella is in Dreamsongs? I think it's the longer version, but I'm not sure, since I haven't seen both versions. Thanks!
Jun. 26th, 2017 04:27 am (UTC)
RE: Which version in Dreamsongs?
Yes, the longer version.
Matheus Ervall
Jun. 26th, 2017 01:19 am (UTC)
Really excited about this...
Wonderful stuff, the Thousand Worlds stories deserve some love from the mainstream.

How about Fevre Dream and the short story Unsound Variations? I see great potential for movies there.
Russ Nickel
Jun. 26th, 2017 04:24 am (UTC)

Can't wait to have more GRRM adaptations out there in the world!
Luke Pettis
Jun. 26th, 2017 10:13 pm (UTC)
NightFlyers Adaption
This is awesome news! Although, I sure hope this isn't the only short story you've written that is making progress towards getting adapted for the screen.
James Blacker
Jun. 26th, 2017 10:30 pm (UTC)
What exactly do you mean by exclusive to HBO? Are you not allowed to write for other networks 😥?
Jun. 28th, 2017 12:20 am (UTC)
Re: Exclusive?
Pretty much, yes. It is slightly more complicated, but that's the gist. I am exclusive only in television; I can still write all the books, short fiction, and feature screenplays I want, for anyone. And even in television, under the terms of the new deal, I have three "cut-outs" -- specific named projects that I can provide services on even if they appear on other networks -- but only PRODUCING services, not writing services. (The big cut-out is WILD CARDS, which I am now free to involve myself with, but only as a producer, not a writer).

What this all means is... well, who the hell knows?

Good things, I hope.

Jun. 27th, 2017 08:16 pm (UTC)
Exciting news!
Nightflyers is a fantastically creepy and intriguing story. There are so many of your works that I would love to see turned into movies and/or tv shows. Is Cinemax still planning to go ahead with something based on "The Skin Trade"? I recall reading about that back in 2015 but haven't heard any news since. I’d love to see a show that could tap into the story’s brooding atmosphere and express it with the same kind of vision that Rick Berry brought to his artwork.
Jun. 28th, 2017 12:22 am (UTC)
Re: Exciting news!
"The Skin Trade" got derailed by some judge in Ohio (I think) for various complex reasons having to do with some former investors in a previous (failed) feature film version. How or when that will resolve, I have no idea. Pity.
Matheus Ervall
Jun. 28th, 2017 12:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Exciting news!
The vampire era is finally waning (and still no Fevre Dreams, has hollywood lost their mind?), and I wonder if hollywood dares jump into the Werewolf stories from a fresh and grimmer angle?

The Skin Trade would certainly give a fresh and edgy angle to the forgotten Werewolf genre, the encounter with the big bad is so brilliant I reread it two or three times.
Jun. 28th, 2017 11:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Exciting news!
That's a shame. I hope they can sort it out eventually.

But we fans of Martin-inspired TV can’t really complain what with two more seasons of GoT imminent, a bunch of GoT spinoffs and a Nightflyers show in the works, and, if I recall correctly, UCP planning to do something in the Wild Cards universe. Lots to look forward to!
Jun. 28th, 2017 06:13 pm (UTC)
Fevre dream
Speaking of frightning strories, how are the plans for a Fevre Dream adaptation. I really loved that story.
Jun. 28th, 2017 07:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Fevre dream
Nothing at the moment. There is a script, but...
Jun. 28th, 2017 09:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Fevre dream
Ok thank you, i suppose it will be done somaday.
Lulu Lemon
Jun. 29th, 2017 03:41 am (UTC)
Hello Mr. Martin,

I'm sure you hear this countless times a day, but I am a very big fan of all of your works! Especially ASOIAF. But I just wanted to show some appreciation for your work and your process for creating said work. Thank you for giving me something I can lose myself to. Most of the world has been united over your imagination, and it truly boggles my mind sometimes. I kindly thank you, good sir, and I hope you have a lovely day.


-Lulu of WA
James Faure
Jun. 29th, 2017 03:35 pm (UTC)
The Mountain
Me and my friend were wondering exactly how tall The Mountain is.

We kind of both mutually speculate that he's 7'6"-7'8" given that any taller than that and he'd be very frail, but I'd like to hear what you have to say!


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