Syfy’s attempt to return to serious genre fiction continues, as they are now developing a television series based on Stranger in a Strange Land. Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt, William Sherak, Scott Rudin, Garrett Basch, Eli Bush, and Joe Vecchio are executive producing, with Julia Gunn as a co-executive producer.
Written by Robert Heinlein, the novel Stranger in a Strange Land was first published in 1961. It’s the story of a man, Valentine Michael Smith, who is raised by Martians and comes to Earth in early adulthood and how he affects terrestrial society. Stranger in a Strange Land is considered a classic by most fans of science fiction literature, and has had a fairly large impact on the culture — including introducing the word “grok” to the language.
A series based on this is an exciting prospect, and hopefully they do a good job with the property.