As the world prepares for the looming end of Game of Thrones (what they hell are we going to do with ourselves?!), TV execs are jostling to find a worthy replacement.
Deep-pocketed Amazon put its best foot forward recently with the announcement of a $250 million deal to secure the rights for a Lord of the Rings TV show, which should be pretty epic.
And now they’re flashing the cash again with a report from the Financial Times that they could pay up to $1 billion to adapt the award-winning alien sci-fi novel trilogy Remembrance of Earth’s Past.
The Chinese trilogy, written by Liu Cixin, is made up of the books The Three-Body Problem, The Dark Forest and Death’s End.
Here’s a handy summary of the first – and most-celebrated – book, according to Good Reads:
Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.
Published by Tor Books, The Three Body Problem won the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel.
And it’s even received the endorsement of former President Barack Obama. In an interview with the New York Times, he said: “The stuff I read just to escape ends up being a mix of things — some science fiction. For a while, there was a three-volume science-fiction novel, the Three-Body Problem series… which was just wildly imaginative, really interesting.
“The scope of it was immense. So that was fun to read, partly because my day-to-day problems with Congress seem fairly petty — not something to worry about. Aliens are about to invade.”
If it’s good enough for Obama, then it’s good enough for me.
(Image: Tor books)