Questions tagged [the-expanse-novels]

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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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' ...
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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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Are there any actual “planets” in OPA?

The third, relatively loose, faction of The Expanse universe is called the Outer Planets Alliance. It's members are Belters, who live on asteroids like Ceres and Eros, as well as a number of space ...
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Are “The Expanse” and “The Martian” set in the same universe?

There is a passage from Babylon's Ashes, the sixth novel in James S.A. Corey's The Expanse series, which references a ship called "Mark Watney" (bold emphasis mine, italic author's): In the middle ...
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What is the role of the spy on Tycho in “The Expanse” TV series?

In the books there is no such spy on Tycho that sneaks onto Rocinante and then Eros. Why did the creators of the series add his character to the show?
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Can I read “Abaddon's Gate” without having read the previous books in the Expanse series?

Can I read book number three, Abaddon's Gate, from the series The Expanse by James S.A. Corey, without having read any of the previous books in the series?
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In The Expanse, what is the protomolecule made out of?

Maybe I missed it - but was there any explanation of the type of matter or structure it has?
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Is overexposure to radiation curable in The Expanse?

"We're dead." — Holden, The Expanse episode "Critical Mass" (S1E9) In "Critical Mass", the ninth episode of the TV series of The Expanse, Holden and Miller are exposed to a high dose of ...
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Does the first season of The Expanse cover the entire first book?

I've seen the first season of The Expanse. I haven't read any of the books (yet). I expect there to be differences between the book and the TV series, as will happen always. But do the first season ...
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Why was the Donnager boarded?

In the novel as well as the TV show, the Donnager is self-destructed after being successfully boarded by enemy marines. Even taking into account the later development, the attacker seemed to commit a ...
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What do spacecraft travel paths in The Expanse look like? [closed]

In The Expanse, spacecraft use magical technology called Epstein Drives to travel at constant 1g acceleration (and deceleration), subject to real world physical constraints. This is in contrast to the ...
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What are the reasons for presumed military tech advantage for Mars in Expanse?

In the series it is stated numerous times that Mars has more advanced military technology, while Earth has numerical superiority. Tech advantage for Mars seems counter–intuitive to me: Earth would ...
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How much fuel does a ship use in the Expanse?

So, I've been binge watching The Expanse on Syfy, and I love how much detail the screenwriters and authors put into making the ships and the physics as real as possible in the show. But, there was one ...
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Why does Miller appear in different timings between series and book?

This questions contains spoilers for the book Leviathan Wakes and the first season of The Expanse. Stop reading now! In the book Miller joins the crew of the Rocinante before they get to the Anubis, ...
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Why is water so rare in The Expanse?

I recently started watching the TV series "The Expanse", which is based on a series of books (I haven't read). The central premise of the show is that water is a scarce commodity. The Ceres settlement ...
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Food availability in The Expanse novel series

A few times, at the beginning of Leviathan Wakes, the food and drinks available on the Belt are incidentally described. For example in this scene with Miller: He stretched, ate his last bite of ...
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Why is Holden the only one to go for the transponder codes (end of Caliban's War, The Expanse II)

I just finished Caliban's War. I liked it, but it has a lot of issues that, at least, did not convince me. I may ask about them here as they come back to my memory. I'm about to ask something about ...
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Leviathan Wakes - Protogen experiment on Eros

Why did they have to make the experiment on humans? Couldn't they have done it with animals first?