Sure, everyone knows George R. R. Martin because the proud (and slow-writing) father of the A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels from which our beloved Game of Thrones TV sequence was tailored from, however the Santa Fe-based writer has an extended inventive historical past of different screenplays, brief tales, TV sequence, and novellas in a number of genres.
One of his little-known tasks was an unproduced TV script for a failed 1994 sci-fi pilot known as Starport. Now that unseen imaginative and prescient is getting a superb new 272-page harcover graphic novel adaptation written and illustrated by Hugo Award–nominated artist Raya Golden, and SYFY WIRE has an unique peek inside.
Billed as Law & Order meets Men in Black, Starport arrives in shops Tuesday, Mar. 12 from Bantam Books and chronicles the occasions following the sudden Earthly arrival of representatives from an interstellar constituency of 314 alien races, inviting Earth to turn out to be quantity 315. A decade later, the Starport in Chicago is in full operation as an unique vacation spot for scientists, politicians, retailers, and vacationers. While inside, these guests are rigorously ruled by strict intergalactic treaty, however outdoors, the boulevards belong to Chicago’s most interesting.
The storyline issues an meeting of characters all interacting with this cosmic journey hub: enthusiastic rookie Charlie Baker, freshly promoted to the squad overseeing the Starport district; Lieutenant Bobbi Kelleher, a cop married to her job; and Lyhanne Nhar-Lys, a Starport safety commander and one of many galaxy’s most feared warriors.
Also tossed into the combination is undercover Detective Aaron Stein who’s wrapped up with a gang of anti-alien extremists when he discovers proof of a plot to assassinate a controversial commerce diplomat with a stash of stolen ray weapons. To cease additional chaos, the Chicago PD should put an finish to their plan earlier than all the universe is affected.
“Starport was one of those pilots I wrote during my years in development hell,” GRRM explains. “In some ways it was my favorite. Gene Roddenberry sold Star Trek as ‘Wagon Train to the stars.’ HBO bought Game of Thrones as ‘the Sopranos in Middle Earth.’ I knew how to play that game too, so I pitched Starport as ‘Hill Street Blues with aliens.’ The idea was that, in the very near future, a great interstellar civilization called the Harmony of Worlds decides that humanity has finally advanced sufficiently to be admitted to the ranks of civilized races, and reveals themselves to us. After first contact, they build three great starports for purposes of trade and diplomacy: one in Singapore, one in Copenhagen, and one in Chicago… out in the lake, where Mayor Daley always wanted to build an airport.”
“It was a fun show to write,” GRRM recollects. “Fox wanted a 90-minute pilot, which was all the rage back then. My first draft came out closer to two hours, so of course I had to go back in and cut a lot of stuff, but that was pretty much par for the course for me. My first drafts were always too long and too expensive. The development process was pretty much the old Hollywood cliche: they loved it, they loved it, they loved it, they decided to pass. We shopped it around to other networks, but there were only four back then, so finding a second buyer was a long shot. No dice. Starport went in the drawer. Until now.”
“Enter Raya Golden. My friend, my minion, the art director for my Fevre River Packet Company, and a very talented comic artist in her own right. A few years ago she adapted ‘Meathouse Man,’ one of my darker and more twisted short stories, as a comic. It earned a Hugo nomination in the Best Graphic Novel category. Afterward I gave her a much bigger challenge: Starport, both drafts. And she’s been hard at work at it for the past two years, adapting the teleplay to comics format, fixing my dated ’90s references and penciling and inking it.”
“I hope you all enjoy it,” he provides. “For my part, I am thrilled that one of my orphan children has finally escaped the desk drawer to wander out into the wide world. If the book does well enough, I can see the possibility of further issues of Starport down the road. And who knows? Maybe someone will even want to turn it into a television series.”
Launch into our unique six-page preview within the gallery under and inform us if you happen to’ll punch your ticket to a stellar copy of Starport!