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January 17, 2007

The Diamond Age: Coming to the SciFi Channel

Given the SciFi Channel’s development history, I don’t know if this is a terrific newsor terrifyingly horrid news, but the SciFi Channel, in working with Neal Stephenson and George Clooney, is going to be creating a 6-hour miniseries for the Diamond age.

The Diamond Age


SCI FI Channel unveiled a new slate of programs in development, which includes shows from executive producers George Clooney, Darren Star and Mark Burnett. SCI FI made the announcement Jan. 12 at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif.

Diamond Age, based on Neal Stephenson’s best-selling novel The Diamond Age: Or a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer, is a six-hour miniseries from Clooney and fellow executive producer Grant Heslov of Smokehouse Productions.

When a prominent member of society concludes that the futuristic civilization in which he lives is stifling creativity, he commissions an interactive book for his daughter that serves as a guide through a surreal alternate world. Stephenson will adapt his novel for the miniseries, the first time the Hugo and Nebula award winner has written for TV.


While the SciFi Channel has given us awe inspiring hits such as Battlestar Galactica (Is BSG cyberpunk? Hmm….), it’s also responsible for an unmitigated string of horrors stretching back through time. My current SciFi Channel production fear concerns how Jim Butcher’s most AWESOME book series will be translated this Sunday (the Dresden Files - opening episode this weekend). But this is a minor fear compared to the possibility of screwing up a Stephenson project. Sure, Stephenson is involved, but we know how often the writer’s screenplay gets modified (Gibson, anyone?). If this one gets hosed, the chances of Snow Crash ever being made drop precipitously. So in short…




Common George, Save us!!!!

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January 18, 2007

Case said:

Wow, updates…I was worried you were dead.

SFAM said:

Hi Case, My deepest apologies for the layoff. That wasn’t planned, it just ended up that way. Hopefully I can avoid doing that again!

January 19, 2007

Nek said:

Why does George Clooney look so horribly out of place in a space suit?


Yikes. . . I really honestly can’t see that book working as a TV series.

January 24, 2007

neuro said:

Finally some Stephenson’s work on the screen. I guess I can only wish for the Snowcrash… :>

July 7, 2009

fenrisz said:

love this book and was excited when i heard it was gonna be put on sccreen but does it have a date when it starts? or have they not set one yet also snow crash would be a good addition loved that book

July 9, 2009

Burnt_Lombard said:

is SYFY still interested in Science Fiction programming??

October 23, 2010

subhashree subhasmita said:

I love this book & the peek at a possible future is excellent, especially the use of nanotechnology.

March 30, 2011

Chantal Terry said:

What a cool article and the web design is appropriate for Skyfi and now Cyberpunk.

February 24, 2012

Sam Raine said:

When books are adapted into movies or anything for TV, there will always be fans of the book who will absolutely hate the production. This has been the case for all book to movie adaptations, from Harry Potter to Lord of the Rings. So no surprise here either!

think this one is dead…

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