Diamond Age Coming to TV

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As a person who, in their Second Life was long associated with Caledon and still hold may dear friends there, I am always acutely aware of the philosophical ancestors of those fabled Sims. Neal Stephenson’s novel, Snow Crash, is widely known to have had a heavy influence on Phillip Linden as he created the concept of the virtual world known as Second Life. However, Mr. Stephenson’s visionary influence in Sl went further then that, as there is no denying the role that his novel The Diamond Age or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer had on the formation of Caledon.

Indeed, Stephenson’s Neo Victorians would fit in just fine almost anywhere in Caledon’s vast network of Victoran/Steampunk inspired sims, or indeed in many others devoted to similar ideas and attitudes. Now news has reached me that this excellent novel will soon be reaching a wider audience thanks to, yes, the oft despised TELEVISION.

Now will this be the next abject creative failure for the Sci Fi Channel, like Flash Gordon, or the next Battlestar Galactica? Time will tell.

The following is reposted from Variety.

‘Diamond’ sparkles for Zoe Green

Stephenson adaptation to run on Sci Fi

By MICHAEL SCHNEIDER

Scribe Zoe Green has been tapped to pen "The Diamond Age" for the Sci Fi channel and producer George Clooney.

Project is being developed as a longform for the cabler, and is based on Neal Stephenson’s novel "The Diamond Age: Or a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer."

Clooney and Grant Heslov will produce for their Smokehouse Pictures shingle.

"Diamond Age" revolves around a futuristic society in which one man believes creativity has been stifled. He creates an interactive book for his daughter, who uses it as a guide through a surreal alternate world.

The novel was first published in 1995 and won the Hugo Award for novel in 1996.

Green’s other credits include the screenplay "Tigress," for Walt Disney Pictures via Stan Lee and Pow Entertainment. She also wrote "Book of Shadows" for Castle Rock Ent. and Rob Reiner.

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