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According to the authors, they are in the same universe. There is a tweet by the author of The Expanse series, James S. A. Corey1, where they, possibly half-jokingly, acknowledges the fact (click to go to Twitter): @JamesSACorey: At SDCC @andyweirauthor and I did a signing together and agreed our books are in the same continuity. Movie and TV show too. ...


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Having not seen the TV show, I can only relay what was in the show's source novel; Leviathan Wakes Overpopulation If you asked OPA recruiters when they were drunk and feeling expansive, they might say there were a hundred million in the Belt. Ask an inner planet census taker, it was nearer to fifty million. Any way you looked, the population was ...


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This isn't explained in the TV show, and I don't know of any explanations from other movies/series that apply here (although they might exist), so I'll attempt an answer based on the book series that the show is based on. That might allay suspicions that this was solely done as a "TV thing", at least. Your question is really twofold: Why are the visors not ...


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Probably around 2350. The timeframe for the series is, presumably intentionally, left vague. The world of The Expanse started as a tabletop RPG run by Ty Franck (one of the authors writing the book series behind the pseudonym James S. A. Corey). This RPG was called "2350", and was presumably set in that year. (An anonymous Wikia user claiming to be Ty ...


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First of all, the boarding operations might seem pointless when the Donnager will probably self-destruct anyway, but as Holden muses in Chapter 15: Boarding a ship was one of the riskiest maneuvers in naval combat. It was basically a race between the boarders rushing to the engine room and the collective will of those who had their fingers on the self-...


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1. Leviathan Wakes The Leviathan is a sea monster in Judaism, most well known from its appearance in the Book of Job. The title refers to the waking of the long-dormant protomolecule from Phoebe, moon of Saturn. 2. Caliban's War Caliban is a half human, half monster character from Shakespeare's play The Tempest. The title refers to the project which ...


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The source novel series indicates that advanced anti-radiation "Meds" are a reality. Dosages of radiation that would normally kill a human somehow become a chronic condition (one that requires careful administration of these drugs on an ongoing basis) rather than a fatal one. “I’ve never actually seen the detector activate,” Miller said, his voice rough ...


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So, considering the fast but inefficient engines of The Expanse The entire point of the engines in The Expanse, called "Epstein drives", is that they're not "fast and inefficient". They are in fact extremely efficient. And, of course, completely fictional and indistinguishable from magic – most of the physics in the show and book series is realistic, but ...


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Protogen did test it on animals first. Dresden mentions this offhand in the corporate video that the Rocinante crew watch aboard Anubis, the Protogen ship that boarded the Scopuli (this is location 5565 in the Kindle book): “The protomolecule first caught our interest for its ability to maintain its primary structure in a wide variety of conditions ...


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The first season covers about the first half of Leviathan Wakes. There are definitely events in the first book that have not yet happened on the show. However, there are also components of the show that did not occur in the first book. For example:


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Within the books, anti-personnel lasers exist in the Expanse universe and are sufficiently common that there are standard defences against them, notably gas grenades that fill the air with "anti-laser smoke" and "ablative" armour. Anti-ship lasers are far less common and are basically a known technology but one that is used infrequently since they're a) ...


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It's described in the book as a set of free-floating instructions designed to adapt to and guide other replicating systems So, it's kind of like a virus or even more like a computer virus. That makes it substrate-independent. In other words, just information.


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First of all: We've had allusions to his past I urge you to read the novella "The Churn" to learn more concrete facts about Amos's past, since he's one of the most intriguing characters in the series to you. The other answer does a good job of presenting how Amos fits some of the DSM symptoms for Antisocial Personality Disorder. Recently (February 20), ...


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I'm not too sure how high the water has risen in the show, although your estimate looks reasonable. There are some additional shots from the tenth episode in season 2, "Cascade", that give you a look at the ocean and the city, but I couldn't draw any conclusions from it. Take a look yourself. In the books, we also don't know too much, but we have this ...


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Everybody assumes it was a failure, or otherwise an accident: "Like a bomb?" Carol Chiwewe said. "Or an alien power plant failing out," Murtry said. "Can't really speculate." And: The first-report newsfeeds were already speculating that it had been a fusion core overloading. This theory seems to be corroborated by the response of the rest of Ilus's ...


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The slow zone's properties are described fairly well in the book: But the most intriguing factor of the slow zone, and the one that gives it its name, is the absolute speed limit of six hundred meters per second. Any object above the quantum level traveling faster than that is locked down by what seems to be an inertial dampening field, and then dragged ...


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I just started reading Leviathan Wakes, and this is actually covered very early in the novel, before the low quality of the imitation food is even brought up. (It comes before Miller returns to his apartment for the first time, which is the first time he mentions the quality of the food he eats.) In chapter 2, Miller reflects on all the trade goods that are ...


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Yes. Like you said yourself, the outer planets themselves are not habitable, but several of their moons have humans living on them. Ganymede, Titan and Europa all have human settlements. Io and Titania possibly also have humans living on it who don't primarily work there, but perhaps not (depends on what you're actually after with your question; Titania ...


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They are not, the reference in the Expanse is merely "thrown in for fun" In a recent AMA for his new book Artemis, Andy Weir was asked: How did The Expanse end up set in the same timeline as The Martian? Did they just put the Mark Watney ship in and it happened after the fact, or was it something they came to you ahead of time with? Question by /u/...


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You should read the novels in order. You'll have a MUCH better sense of what's going on and enjoy the books more, plus later books definitely contain spoilers re earlier ones. There are a few very short novellas and short stories that don't need to be read to enjoy the novels.


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Here's my approximate timeline in the format you requested, starting on Year 0 at the beginning of the first novel: Leviathan Wakes: 0 years – 0 years, 4 months Caliban's War: 1 year, 6 months – 1 years, 10 months Abaddon's Gate: 2 years, 10 months – 3 years, 4 months Cibola Burn: 5 years, 10 months – 7 years, 4 months Nemesis Games: 8 years, 10 months – 9 ...


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In Baltimore, Amos has a lifetime worth of criminal connections. When he returned to Earth in Nemesis Games, he quickly tracked down his old associates, got the information he wanted about the woman who raised him, learned who was in charge and how that could benefit him - basically, he was able to leverage all his old connections almost as if he'd never ...


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While lasers are inherently cool, their practicality as a weapon is greatly curtailed by several factors First, applying a reflective coating to a ship, or plating the hull in a high melting point metal such as tungsten, would reduce their effectiveness greatly. Second, lasers are a line of sight only weapon. Third, unless you make a laser extremely ...


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Well, they inhabit moons ORBITING Jupiter and Saturn, so they are as close to inhabiting those planets as humans are ever going to get. Plus there is Titania around Uranus (not sure if that science station is technically OPA though). They orbit the "outer planets", move with them, etc. So even though much of their structure is in the Asteroid Belt between ...


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I think epilogue of the Nemesis Games comes closest so far to a glimpse into origins of Martian military: “Now that we are taking initiative,” he said, “it is more important than ever that we maintain strict discipline. We’re like the first long-haul missions back before anyone had an Epstein drive. Months, maybe years, as a community of warriors and ...


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I'm reading the short stories and main books in publication order. I guess opinions can vary here, but I would say they are not necessary to follow the main plot. I'm even with you on progress through the main books (just finished Abaddon's Gate last week) but I'm also reading the short stories as I go. Since I haven't finished the main series, I can only ...


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Funnily enough, I read The Stars my Destination recently, and couldn't shake the feeling that it was like a prototype for The Expanse. Sure enough, it seems I'm right: “An aunt of mine bought me an anthology of science fiction stories from a garage sale, and it had a bunch of stories, including The Stars My Destination.” Franck was just a kid at the time—...


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In the novels there is some mystery around the characters' origins and background. Just like the crew of the Canterbury didn't know what their crewmates history was (and didn't care), the reader is also introduced to the characters without learning about their background. If James Corey wanted the reader to know, he would have told us. So read the first ...


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In the books they can tell pretty easily, since they all have different appearances due to growing up in different gravitational strength. Here's a quote from early in Leviathan Wakes when we're introduced to the Martian Alex Kamal: Martian-raised, Alex had a frame that was thicker than a Belter's. He was slender compared to Holden […] Earthlings look ...


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