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Sci Fi Holds Le Guin's Hand

The Sci Fi Channel has closed a deal with Jaffe/Braunstein Productions to create a four-hour miniseries based on Ursula Le Guin's landmark novel The Left Hand of Darkness.

"We want to become the definitive network for event sci-fi," said Sci Fi Channel President Bonnie Hammer, who went on to call the novel "a good, juicy book; the ultimate sci-fi novel about power and sex."

Just last month Sci Fi, in conjunction with Lawrence Bender Productions, announced a plan to turn Le Guin's Earthsea Trilogy into a six-hour miniseries. Both projects are currently scheduled to air in 2003.

Le Guin published Left Hand in 1969 and it went on to win both the Hugo and Nebula awards. The novel spins the tale of a human ambassador sent to convince the inhabitants of an arctic planet to join a multiplanetary alliance.

Other projects on Sci Fi's development roster include the the 20-hour miniseries Taken, produced by Steven Spielberg; a sequel to Frank Herbert's Dune; and a new adaptation of Stephen King's novel Firestarter.