Glenn Reynolds notes that Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age will be adapted to a Sci-Fi Channel miniseries. It could be incredibly cool, although I thought Snow Crash would be better fodder for a miniseries. Stephenson’s work is well worth checking out — while I never got around to finishing the Baroque Cycle, I loved Cryptonomicon as well as his non-fiction In The Beginning Was the Command Line which was inspired by this great essay of the same name.
Sci-Fi is an interesting network — they have the incredibly well-done Battlestar Galactica, but also air the hokey ECW pro wrestling show. Their weekly creature features are usually good for schlocky entertainment. At the same time, they seem to keep a tight lid on budgets — they killed Farscape well before its time, and Stargate SG-1 recently got the axe (although it’s gone on for 10 seasons — more than an other genre show in US television).
Hopefully they’ll do a good job of adapting The Diamond Age for television — although I’m wondering if the parts with the Drummers won’t be more suited for pay cable… (and if you remember the book, you’ll know why.)