George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers Gets Lost in Space: New at Reason

'Nightflyers'The success of Game of Thrones has finally sent Hollywood nosing back into the earlier works George R.R. Martin, who wrote the novels on which the series is based. That could have resulted in a screen adaptation of one of two excellent horror novels: Either 1982’s Fevre Dream, in which vampires ply their trade in a 19th-century riverboat, or 1983’s Armageddon Rag, a ghost story in which the phantom is not the spirit of a person but an era, the 1960s.

Instead, Syfy has chosen to go with Nightflyers, a cultish 1980 novella (and some subsequent short stories) about what amounts to a haunted spaceship that Martin wrote to prove that horror and science fiction don’t have to be two separate genres. Authoring a book to settle a feud between rival gangs of genre fanboys is probably not the most uplifting artistic inspiration. And nothing about this messy TV series is likely to challenge that assumption. Television critic Glenn Garvin details the show’s problems.

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