Spike TV is venturing into sci-fi with Red Mars, a scripted drama series project based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s bestselling “hard” science-fiction trilogy about the colonization and terraforming transformation of Mars into a place where humans can sustainably live. The TV series adaptation, named after the first book in the trilogy, will be produced by HBO’s Game Of Thrones co-executive producer Vince Gerardis. Robinson will serve as consultant. “The heart of this series tackles the question of what it means to be human — and can we sustain our humanity under incredible duress,” said Sharon Levy, Spike TV’s EVP Original Series.

spiketvThe three novels — Red Mars (1993), Green Mars (1994), and Blue Mars (1996), which have won Nebula and Hugo Awards — are regarded as the best books written on the subject, and a holy grail for science fiction fans.