George R. R. Martin’s sci-fi show ‘Nightflyers’ won’t return for a second series on Syfy

Bad news for the 'Game of Thrones' author

George R. R. Martin’s science fiction show Nightflyers has been axed by Syfy after one series.

The show’s US network revealed that it won’t renew the show for a second season, despite it having being initially conceived as a continuing series.

Syfy confirmed to Deadline yesterday (February 19) that the show – based on Martin’s 1980 novella of the same name – wouldn’t continue, and the Nightflyers cast member’s contracts had been left to expire.

NIGHT FLYERS — “The Sacred Gift” Episode 106 — Pictured: (l-r) — (Photo by: Bernard Walsh/Syfy)

Nightflyers is set in the year 2093 and follows a team of scientists aboard the most advanced ship ever built: The Nightflyer. The crew embark on a mission to find other life forms.

Actors Eoin Macken, David Ajala, Gretchen Mol, Jodie Turner-Smith, Angus Sampson, Sam Strike, Maya Eshet, and Brían F. O’Byrne starred in the series.

One of the show’s key actors, David Ajala, has been cast as a lead in the CBS pilot Under the Bridge.

Deadline reported that Syfy decided to scrap Nightflyers because the network felt it that it was better placed as a one-off limited.

In November last year, Martin told The Guardian that he was working with HBO (the network that distributes Game of Thrones) on “a couple of other shows” which he couldn’t talk about yet.

Elsewhere, Martin has-beens developing five different Game of Thrones prequels with the US TV giant.