Proxima B: a real Rakhat?

By now you’ve probably heard that astronomers have announced the existence of  “Earth-mass world in orbit around Proxima Centauri.” As in any scientific discovery, there are a lot of caveats and careful hedging of the announcement, but this appears to be legit. And just in time for the 20th anniversary of The Sparrow! I’m getting … Read more…

The Sparrow featured in Moral Evil by Andrew Michael Flescher

The title of The Sparrow comes from Matthew 10:29. “Not even a sparrow can fall without your Father knowing it.” That text is often quoted to people in times of crisis. It’s meant to be comforting. God knows your troubles. God’s eye is on the sparrow. The problem is, the sparrow still falls. And that’s … Read more…

Based on a title by Mary Doria Russell

Two Hollywood attempts to bring The Sparrow to the big screen have made me feel a certain kinship with Max Brooks. Both of us have written science fiction novels that were optioned for a Brad Pitt movie, so watching what’s happened to Mr. Brooks’ book World War Z has been interesting. The movie is getting … Read more…

Answering FAQs about the AMC Sparrow option

Thanks, everybody, for helping me celebrate the AMC/Sparrow option! In answer to FAQs: I won’t be writing scripts. I won’t have input to scripts. I don’t expect to be consulted in any way on scripts, casting, or story arc. When you sign an option, it’s like renting a house out. If you think that a … Read more…

Saying “No” to Hollywood

The Sparrow remains unfilmed, after 15 years of sustained effort by people passionate about getting a movie adaptation produced. What’s the problem? Here’s the conventional wisdom. There’s a big market for science fiction action movies, but despite the success of films like “Moon” and “Inception,” there’s no market for science fiction drama. As one insider … Read more…