Early in January I found out that the SyFy channel has a new TV series coming this year, called The Expanse. It’s a story that takes place 200 years in the future. Humanity has colonized Mars, which has become independent, and set up mining / science operations on a number asteroids and moons. It’s all based on a series of books that started publishing in 2011.
I decided to not wait for the series to air, and dive in on the books. 4 have published so far, and they all follow a narrative style, where the chapters flip back and forth between different character’s perspectives. The first book is two character perspectives, all the later ones are four. Some people that have distinctly small sub roles in early books become a main point of view later. The way it’s done makes it feel like a rich environment, you’ll never know when players will return in the future.
I’ve really enjoyed the series so far, can’t wait for book 5 to come out this summer. There are lots of really neat ideas in the books so far. The time delays on communication throughout the solar system, and what that causes. The “spinning up” of Ceres and Eros to provide centripetal artificial gravity on the inside. The use of Ganymede as both a Farming Planet, and where all the Belters go to carry their children to term (because it has a magnetosphere). And many more really interesting ideas that provide spoilers to the big story arc.
Definitely worth a read. And check out the trailer below for this coming to TV later this year.
4 thoughts on “The Expanse”
Years ago I read the Mars Trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars) by Kim Stanley Robinson (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_trilogy) and I think you might enjoy it.
Yes, I did enjoy it. I read that about 15 years ago.
Just went looking into the books (as you hadn’t given the author’s name) and I found this site: http://www.goodreads.com/series/56399-expanse which indicates there have already been some other books that are related to the series. Looks like some prequels (The Churn #0.25, and The Butcher Of Anderson Station #0.5) and a one between books 2 & 3 (Gods Of Risk #2.5). Did you read these also? Do you think I should start with 0.25, or book 1?
Start at book 1, the prequels / novellas assume that you know the characters already, and don’t really work unless you do.