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The Expanse is a series of science fiction novels and short stories by James S. A. Corey (a pseudonym used by Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham). Please use [the-expanse-2015] for the 2015 TV series by the same name which is based on the book series.

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Who is Filip referring to as the person he hates most and more than James Holden?

In Babylon's Ashes Chapter 2: after Filip learns that his mother Naomi is still alive he wakes up later after a nightmare and is certain that there was someone he hated more than James Holden. For ...
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What is the physical size of the ring gate network of star systems in The Expanse?

I recall reading (in either book 7 Persepolis Rising or book 8 Tiamat's Wrath) that it had been determined that the 2 most distant gated star systems were 1 thousand light years apart. Implied is ...
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In The Expanse (books), if this event is non-local, how come it only happens in one solar system?

In book 7 of The Expanse and those after, a series of events happen : They are described, the first time it happens and is witnessed on a global scale as a nonlocal event, as a way of explaining how ...
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When in the writing of "The Expanse" book series did Abraham/Franck set the final outcome for Amos Burton?

I've read through the entire Expanse series and now re-reading (just starting book 6). In all the books I keep coming across people discussing Amos Burton as the guy you can always depend on to have ...
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In-universe why is this character's name funny in the Expanse?

In Persepolis Rising, book 7 of the Expanse series, there is a character named This name makes cough "with contempt and laughter" and say "I'm assuming that's his own choice and not ...
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Any mention of traveling around the sun in The Expanse universe?

Something I remember noticing when reading 'The Expanse' novels was the very optimal paths between planets and regions. I don't remember any mention of having to travel around the sun to reach a ...
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Is there some physical-universal constant that ties to frequency with which the investigator "reaches out"?

In book 4 Cibola Burn, in the 'interludes' the protomolecule construct "reaches out" 113 times per second. Is there some physical frequency multiple or fraction that corresponds? Is this 113 ...
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What is outside the Ring Space in The Expanse (the books)?

In the TV series, there is a blue sphere the rings are placed on, and things entering the blue don't come back and are assumed to be destroyed. But there is not such thing in the books, instead, the ...
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In The Expanse, which books follow the end of the TV show?

There are 6 seasons and 9 books -- does each book roughly equal to 1 season? Does this mean you can basically jump into book 7 if you have watched the show, but haven't read the books? Does the story ...
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In The Expanse, Book 3, what is meant by "incompetent" when referring to this character?

Not sure if this is spoilers or not, but is referred to as "incompetent" at least once. It seems, though, that he was just given a bad lot. For example, In addition, So what was it about ...
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The Expanse: Sustained Gs during space travel

In The Expanse series, characters experience sustained Gs during space travel, not just during acceleration, which doesn't make sense. For instance, here's several passages from Leviathan Wakes, the ...
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When ships in the Expanse universe use reverse thrust, does the floor become a ceiling?

In The Expanse ships use linear acceleration for gravity with the decks placed perpendicular to the thrust vector, thus creating a "floor." When it comes time to decelerate a ship would ...
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Why didn't the synchronized gate transits by Duarte's ships in "Leviathan Falls" cause them to go dutchman?

In the battle for the ring space in Leviathan Falls, Duarte's ships enter the ring space in multiple waves of synchronized transits. For example, one wave is indicated by the Rocinante's sensor screen ...
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What was the purpose of the "booby-trapped" solar system in the Expanse novels?

Warning: no idea how to word my question without being one giant spoiler for book 8, so proceed with caution ;-) P.S. I haven't finished book 9 yet, so if this is answered somewhere there, I'll put ...
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What is the acceleration for different crews in the Expanse?

In the Expanse, gravity is created by accelerating / decelerating the ships. Humans from Earth are used to 1G, inhabitants of Mars about 0.4G and Belters even less. We've seen in S01E01 of the Expanse ...
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How do the space helmets in The Expanse attach to the suits?

I'm specifically referring to the TV Show, but not sure if the workings of the space suits and helmets are mentioned in the books. I've been rewatching the TV series again and wondered how the helmets ...
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Metric vs Imperial Units in The Expanse

In Caliban's War, there's a scene where Bobbie is jogging on a ship during her trip to Earth. She gave her wristwatch a quick glance. Two hours. At her current leisurely pace, that meant twelve miles....
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Why don't they put the outer-door release _inside_ the airlock?

I've been working my way through the show "The Expanse" (I'm about midway through season 3) and have just started reading Leviathan Wakes. Both the book and the show seem to have a lot of ...
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At the opening of 'The Expanse,' are Belters nominally UN/MCR citizens?

In either the books or the show, are Belters considered legally to be citizens of the UN or the Martian Congressional Republic? They later become their own nation, but it seems unlikely the UN or the ...
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How was the Razorback able to restart its reactor?

In S5:E5 the Razorback: and in S5:E6 the Razorback: My impression from the books was that once you have 'dumped the core' you had effectively left yourself drifting in space and had to await rescue.
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What are the differences between the book and TV Series for Drummer's Storyline?

It's been a while since I read the books but I feel that The Expanse TV Series has drastically changed in regards to Drummer's storyline. From what I remember in the 5th book of The Expanse series (...
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What’s the ownership status of the Rocinante during season 4 (Cibola Burn book)

Season 3 of the TV show clearly indicates that the Mars government want their gunship back - and quite understandably so. That never gets resolved in season 3 because it’s basically introduced as an ...
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Why are ships drifting toward Ilus/New Terra in James SA Corey's Cibola Burn?

In Cibola Burn the ships Edward Israel, Barbapiccola and Rocinante started drifting toward Ilus/New Terra once their reactors stopped working. But if they had enough velocity, shouldn't they be able ...
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What happened during the boarding action in S4E10?

In S4E10, Ashford hunts Inaros and attacks him near the end of the episode. He EMPs Inaros ship and decides to board it, which makes sense, as he wants to capture him. But that's where my ...
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Why these hair styles among Belters in the Expanse series?

Many of the Belters in the Expanse TV series wear mohawks and beards. Naomi has a mohawk. Miller has kind of mohawk, more like a lot of hair that flops over one side. I've seen many minor ...
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Why wasn't speed of particles in engine exhaust limited in the "Slow zone"?

In the Expanse universe, both books and series, ships came to the space where their velocity is forcefully limited. This is allegedly because of alien station justly considered fast-moving objects as ...
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Is the character Carrie Fisk from The Expanse inspired by Star Wars?

Persepolis Rising, the seventh book of The Expanse series, introduces and features a character named Carrie Fisk; she is the leader of the Do we know if she, or more specifically her name, was ...
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How does The Expanse solve the big problems of initially settling on Mars?

The big problems of settling on Mars are high radiation (worse than anywhere on Earth) and short period extreme radiation, moderate and extreme cold, need all basics of life and energy supply and I ...
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What's the recommended reading order for the books in "The Expanse" series?

I've seen the first season of The Expanse, and liked it -- but it's been my experience that the book is always better than the movie/TV series. There are a number of books in that setting; what's the ...
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What do the novel titles of The Expanse series refer to?

The Expanse series has novels with titles based on several religious or mythical images. What are the origins of the titles and what elements of the story do they refer to? Leviathan Wakes Caliban's ...
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How do they figure out the lineage of people in The Expanse?

Characters seem able to immediately figure out who's from Earth, who's from Mars and who's from the Belt. How can they tell? Surely some Belters have some really picturesque appearance, but not all ...
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In The Expanse, what happens if you enter the "back" side of the ring?

In The Expanse, what happens if you enter the "back" side of the ring? I have not read the books. In the TV series, it seems like no one even thinks to ask. Maybe it is like this Stargate explanation ...
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Why did the protomolecule pull the ships in towards the "station"?

Inside the Ring the protomolecule enforces a speed limit, and forces anything exceeding it to slow down, producing a purple glow. But why does the protomolecule slowly pull all the ships and missiles ...
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How difficult is it to emigrate from Earth in The Expanse?

In The Expanse we learn that the majority of people living on Earth have very little opportunity and survive with a basic income in squalor. How difficult would it be for one of these 'average' people ...
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Why are there no laser weapons in the Expanse?

The space battles in the Expanse universe look very much like ship-to-ship (or plane-to-plane) fights from the late 20th and 21st centuries; they rely on expensive, guided torpedoes (that need to be ...
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How did Laconia get its name?

The first mention of Laconia is in the epilogue to Nemesis Games: [Cortázar's] pleasure in the project they were undertaking at the new Laconia Station had a feeling of anticipation that was almost ...
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What does Amos mean by "Everywhere's Baltimore"?

I'm reading through Persopolis Rising and this passage confused me: Alex said. "This is Medina Station under occupation by a bunch of splinter Martian military expats. It's not Baltimore." ...
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Suggested reading order of "The Expanse: Origins" graphic novels

I've just discovered about the existence of four graphic novels set in the Expanse universe that tell the story of the four main characters, named Origins. Is there a suggested reading order for ...
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When and why were London, Beijing, and Denver evacuated?

In Persepolis Rising there is a reference to the evacuation of London, Beijing, and Denver at some unspecified point(s) in the history of The Expanse: She looked at them and saw all the other times ...
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During the Ganymede attack, why did the destroyed solar mirrors/panels immediately start to fall?

I am assuming here that these solar mirrors/panels are orbiting Ganymede, not flying through its atmosphere. Nothing indicates that Ganymede has a substantial atmosphere - it is missing it now, in ...
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What are the inspirations for "The Expanse" novels?

The Expanse novels are set in multiple locations and tell of different situations; many of them have a vague familiar feel, like in example the whole Miller neo-noir subplot and Ceres has points of ...
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What are these plants aboard the "Rocinante"?

In the Rocinante's lounge/mess room, we can see a round niche on a wall, containing many plants growing from its edge, as shown here: And here, partially hidden but less blurred: What kind of plants ...
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Why internal lights on space helmets?

I'm currently watching The Expanse series, and I noted a peculiar detail that intrigued me. The helmets of the space suits have three internal lights (one above the visor, two on the sides) that ...
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How much time passes between each novel in "The Expanse" series?

I'm reading The Expanse novels, and I'm trying to figure out how much time passes between each novel of the series. I'm currently reading Book 4, Cibola Burn; at the moment I don't remember having ...
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Are "The Expanse" short stories a mandatory read?

I'm reading the beautiful The Expanse series, and I'm currently on book 3, Abaddon's Gate. I am reading the Italian editions (I don't have any problem about reading in English, but it's my main ...
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What did trigger the explosion on Illus/New Terra in Cibola Burn?

What exactly triggered the fusion reactors explosion on the other side of the planet?
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Is Pinkwater in The Expanse a reference to the author of "Fat Men from Space"?

I mean in addition, of course, to being a Blackwater reference. The Expanse series is highly referential (they even named a ship the Mark Watney and claim to be part of that timeline) and based on the ...
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When does The Expanse take place?

When does the sci-fi book and TV series The Expanse take place?
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In The Expanse, how high did the water rise on Earth?

In The Expanse they show New York and also the Statue of Liberty. I know it's on an island, in the show there is a wall around it. How high did the water rise? I think it’s more than 15 meters (45 ...
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Is Amos actually a psychopath/sociopath?

One of the most intriguing characters in The Expanse series, to me, is Amos. While he's one of the scariest sumbitches around, yet somehow he's one of my favourites. I've been wondering what a ...
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