I must admit, I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, the trilogy was EXCELLENT. Exciting, thought-provoking, outstanding science-fiction. On the other hand, the destruction to the Planet Mars following the sabotage of the Martian Space Elevator was gloriously, elaborately, excruciatingly described.
Current thinking dictates that a “real” space elevator would not be built like the one that Robinson described in Red Mars but I fear that is going to get lost in the shuffle. I can already imagine the reaction once this production goes live; “See, we must never build a space elevator because it’s too dangerous – look what could happen!”
On the other hand, there is the old saw about “There is no such thing as bad publicity”. Yeah, right. Maybe we can seize it as a “teaching moment”? 🙁
Still, I’m looking forward to it – I hope they do justice to the book and it doesn’t turn out to be one of these “loosely based upon…” productions.
And, if you haven’t read the Red/Green/Blue Mars trilogy, you’re missing a treat. It really is wonderful reading, well deserving the many awards it received.