Salman Rushdie, author of Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses, is changing media. The acclaimed British author is working on a sci-fi television series for Showtime called The Next People. In an interview, he says television drama now incorporates the best parts of novels and film. He has an “almost feature-film budget,” but with more artistic control than a screenwriter. He cited AMC’s Mad Men as a perfect example--writers can do all the writing alone, and, he said “what you can do with character and story is not at all unlike what you can do in a novel.