Scientists on board the spaceship <em>Nightflyer</em> find their mission to discover other life forms at the edges of our solar system has gone horribly wrong.”></p>
<p style=Enlarge / Scientists on board the spaceship Nightflyer find their mission to discover other life forms at the edges of our solar system has gone horribly wrong. (credit: SyFy)

With the final season of the blockbuster Game of Thrones series fast approaching, everyone is scrambling to find the next George R.R. Martin cash cow. Debuting this weekend, Nightflyers  is SYFY’s adaptation of Martin’s 1980 Hugo-nominated novella. Set in the year 2093, this sci-fi/horror genre-buster is as far removed from the medieval-like world of Westeros as you can get. But you can bet there will be blood—and a very high body count.

(Spoilers for novella below.) 

Nightflyers tells the story of a scientific expedition at the fringes of the known universe, with the aim of studying a mysterious alien race known as the volcryn. Their spaceship, the Nightflyer, is sufficiently advanced to require only one human operator—Captain Royd Eris, who communicates only through voice or hologram projections. But there is also a strange malevolent presence on board, sensed by the team’s telepath. A bloody murder spree ensues, with the humans pinning their hopes for survival on a genetically enhanced crew member, Melantha Jhirl.

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