Aliens distracting George R.R. Martin from new "Game of Thrones" book

Extraterrestrials may be getting in the way of the scribe delivering the hotly anticipated “Winds of Winter”

Published May 12, 2017 1:20PM (EDT)

    (AP/Charles Sykes)
(AP/Charles Sykes)

The SyFy channel announced Thursday that George R.R. Martin, the author of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books that are the basis for HBO’s TV series “Game of Thrones,” has begun work on a new series for the network, “Nightflyers.”

With no cast or release date set as of SyFy’s announcement, the channel offered only this tantalizing description:

Set in the future on the eve of Earth's destruction, a crew of explorers journey on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, to intercept a mysterious alien spacecraft that might hold the key to their survival. As the crew nears their destination, they discover that the ship's artificial intelligence and never-seen captain may be steering them into deadly and unspeakable horrors deep in the dark reaches of space.

Doug Liman — of the “Bourne” movies and “Edge of Tomorrow” fame — is set to produce the series.

This is all well and good, but represents yet another project taking up the bandwidth of a writer who — as long said — has no new pages for “Winds of Winter,” the latest installment of his “A Song of Ice and Fire” series and perhaps the most anticipated book since J.K. Rowling wrapped up her Harry Potter epic.

On top of adapting “Nightflyers”, Martin is currently spending time developing various “Game of Thrones” spinoffs in the works at HBO, creating digests of “A Song of Ice and Fire” associated stories, working on other publishing projects, blogging and, quite possibly, chasing around any shiny object that just so happens to pass in front of his eyes.

By Gabriel Bell

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