A hundred and fifty years before, when the parochial disagreements between Earth and Mars had been on the verge of war, the Belt had been a far horizon of tremendous mineral wealth beyond viable economic reach, and the outer planets had been beyond even the most unrealistic corporate dream. Then Solomon Epstein had built his little modified fusion drive, popped it on the back of his three-man yacht, and turned it on. With a good scope, you could still see his ship going at a marginal percentage of the speed of light, heading out into the big empty. The best, longest funeral in the history of mankind. Fortunately, he’d left the plans on his home computer. The Epstein Drive hadn’t given humanity the stars, but it had delivered the planets.
is the name of a series of science fiction novels by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, using the pen name James S. A. Corey
. They're pretty darn great and the motley crew of misfits and outcasts in the novels definitely gave me very strong Firefly
vibes. Daniel Abraham occasionally collaborates with George R. R. Martin, and Ty Franck also happens to be GRRM's assistant.
The book series currently consists of four novels: Leviathan Wakes
, Caliban's War
, Abaddon's Gate
, and Cibola Burn
. A fifth novel is in the works, with the working title Nemesis Games
SyFy has ordered a 10-episode season of the first novel. The show will simply be called The Expanse
, and it's currently in production, to premiere in 2015. Don't cock this up, SyFy!
The series is produced by Alcon Entertainment and will air on Syfy. The first season will be 10 episodes and is based on a script by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, who are the show's writers and executive producers.
Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of the Sean Daniel Company developed the original pitch with Fergus and Ostby. The project has been described by industry insiders as “Game of Thrones in space.”
Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.
Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli
, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.
Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to the Scopuli
and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.
Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.
Beloved of Broken Things
Gods of Risk
- James "Jim" Holden (Steven Strait): an Earther and former UN Navy soldier in his early thirties, the only child in a family co-op with five fathers and three mothers. Currently the XO of the Canterbury, shuttling glaciers from Saturn's rings to the colonies along with dozens of similar ships. Doesn't quite know when to shut up, which is why he's no longer in the navy.
- Josephus "Joe" Miller (Thomas Jane): a Belter born on Ceres Station, which he has only left four times in his life. A detective hired by the Mao family to find their estranged daughter, Julie Mao, last known to live on Ceres Station.
- Naomi Nagata (Dominique Tipper): a born Belter, standing almost two meters tall (well, in the novels at least). Chief engineer of the Canterbury.
- Alex Kamal (Cas Anvar): helmsman on the Canterbury. Of Indian heritage, but born and raised on Mars.
- Amos Burton (Wes Chatham): engineer on the Canterbury. A calm and amiable Earther, but also capable of sudden violence without qualms when the situation requires it. Doesn't like to talk about his background.
- Juliette Andromeda "Julie" Mao (Florence Faivre): the oldest child of Jules-Pierre Mao, magnate of Mao-Kwikowski Mercantile. While attending college, she joined the student activist group Far Horizons Foundation. Not long after, she eloped from her family on Luna and joined the associated organization Outer Planets Alliance (OPA). While on an OPA mission on board the Scopuli she discovers a secret that will change everything...
- Gunnery Sergeant Roberta "Bobbie" W. Draper: a Martian Marine of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force. Stands a little over two meters tall and a muscular onehundred kilos at one g. Also won't show up until the second season but hey I'm hopeful.
- Frederick "Fred" Lucius Johnson: a former Colonel of the United Nations Marine Corps, one of the most decorated officers in the UN military, and the de facto leader of the OPA. Also known as "The Butcher of Anderson Station".
- Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo): the United Nations Assistant Undersecretary of the Executive Administration.
- The United Nations: abbreviated UN, the governmental body of Earth. It was founded in 1945 after World War II as an international organization facilitating cooperation in, among other areas, international law. The UN is seated on Earth, but also has a presence on Luna, in the New Hague facilities in Lovell City. It controls the United Nations Navy and the United Nations Marine Corps.
- Martian Congressional Republic: the governing body which rules over the four billion inhabitants of Mars. Their flag has a single star and thirty stripes. The Republic is often times in direct competition to Earth and its governing body, the United Nations. Although Mars has a significantly smaller population than Earth, the ruggedness of the people, as a result of the harsher environment and sparser resources, makes Mars a worthy counterweight to Earth's power. The Martian Congressional Republic Navy, although smaller, is considered to be more advanced.
- Outer Planets Alliance: an organization that started its life as a labor union or advocacy group, fighting for the interests of inhabitants of the Belt, often in direct conflict with the inner planets' Earth-Mars Coalition Navy. The OPA is described as either a social movement, according to people sympathizing with Belters, or a terrorist network, according to the inner planets.
- Mao-Kwikowski Mercantile: ("Mao-Kwik" or "Maokwik") a company owned in part by Jules-Pierre Mao, assumed to be the result of a merger between his company and Kwikowski Mutual Interest Group. It is one of the fifty largest corporations in the Belt.
- Protogen: "First. Fastest. Furthest." One of the most powerful corporations on Earth. After Mars discovered silicate anomalies during a routine survey on Phoebe, they approached Protogen as a cosponsor of a research facility.
...and the horse he rode in on
Flew into the light of Deneb
- Earth: humanity's cradle. A population of thirty billion. Governed by the United Nations. Due to the bountiful resources provided from the Belt, any citizen may choose to not work for a living and get a basic support income from the UN.
- Mars: The terraforming of Mars is considered to be humanity's greatest project. Has a population of four billion, governed by the Martian Congressional Republic.
- The Belt: the asteroid belt spread between Mars and Jupiter. It was quickly colonized after the creation of the Epstein drive. Natural-born Belters are taller and thinner than planet-born humans. Official censuses by Earth claim a population of 50 million; Outer Planets Alliance claim more than 100 million.
- Ceres Station: the largest asteroid (designated 1 Ceres) known and the only dwarf planet in the inner solar system, and the first asteroid discovered by humanity. Half a generation after humanity arrived there, Tycho Manufacturing managed to spin up the asteroid, which gave it a gravity of 0.3 g. The station has tens of thousands of kilometers of tunnels.
Sailed across the Milky Way
On my ship, the "Rocinante"
Wheeling through the galaxies