A Stranger in a Strange Land TV Series Is on the Way

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 - 8:37PM
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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 - 8:37PM
A Stranger in a Strange Land TV Series Is on the Way
One of the most acclaimed science fiction novels of all time is heading to television.

Robert A. Heinlein's 1961 masterpiece Stranger in a Strange Land will soon be adapted into a dramatic series for SyFy. The book tells the story of a human named Valentine Michael Smith, who was born on Mars after his parents went to the planet on an ill-fated expedition. He ended up being the only human to survive the mission, and spent the next 25 years being raised by Martians until a second expedition arrives. He then leaves with them for Earth, visiting his homeland for the first time and trying to make sense of Earthlings. It's kind of like that new movie The Space Between Us, but good.

The book won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1962, was selected by the Library of Congress in 2012 as one of the 88 Books that Shaped America, and was even name-dropped in the Billy Joel song, "We Didn't Start the Fire." Clearly SyFy will have their work cut out for them when it comes to making a worthy adaptation, but producer Paramount TV's president Amy Powell thinks they're up to the task, saying:

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"Paramount TV is excited to have the opportunity to adapt Robert Heinlein's seminal work of science fiction. This novel has resonated with me since college and there's a reason it has continued to find new fans for over forty years. Syfy's understanding of imaginative and futuristic programming is unmatched, making them an ideal partner for this series."
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So to celebrate the television arrival of this all-time classic sci-fi story, ladies and gentlemen... Billy Joel.


Via: Collider.
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