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Spike TV is making a show about the colonization of Mars

Having already mined the history of this planet for upcoming miniseries about King Tut and the Crusades, Spike TV has set its sights on the stars for a series about the colonization, terraformation, and, quite possibly, the eventual explosion of the planet Mars. The series is called Red Mars, and it’s based off the Nebula and Hugo-award winning trilogy of sci-fi novels by Kim Stanley Robinson. The books are pretty ambitiousthey take place over 200 years, feature viewpoints from a wide variety of characters, and go into detail on the scientific, political, and economic aspects of creating a new society. Adapting them properly should take patience and subtlety, qualities the network that brought you Impact Wrestling and Catch A Contractor will surely pick up as it goes along.

To help them develop the series, Spike TV has tapped Vince Gerardis. As a co-executive producer on Game Of Thrones, his experience with keeping track of a multitude of disparate characters spread across a fantastical landscape should come in handy.

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