Newswire: Spike TV taps Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski to write Red Mars series

Last year, Spike TV announced that it would be producing a television series based on Red Mars, the first of Kim Stanley Robinson’s three novels about the terraformation and colonization of the red planet. Red Mars and the two novels that follow it, Green Mars and Blue Mars, are beloved by fans of “hard” science fiction for their take a detailed look at the scientific, political, and economic factors that go into establishing a society on a new world. Now Spike has hired veteran writer J. Michael Straczynski to adapt them for the small screen.

Straczynski is probably best known as the creator of Babylon 5, for which he wrote most of the episodes. He was an old hand at television writing before that, having already penned episodes of Murder, She Wrote; Walker, Texas Ranger; and the 1985 revival of The Twilight Zone, among others. He’s also worked …

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