Children of Men Writers Adapting The Expanse Series For TV

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LeviathanWakesIt’s easy to get jaded these days. Theodore Sturgeon once famously said that “ninety percent of everything is crap,” and that adage holds true for our own beloved science fiction field just as it does for other genres. It’s easy to lose touch with that wide-eyed sense of wonder that attracted us to science fiction in the first place. But every once in awhile a project will come along that reawakens your inner 10-year-old and makes you want to do the Snoopy dance around your room. For me, word that James S. A. Corey’s outstanding Expanse novels are being adapted for TV makes for one of those moments. If you’ll excuse me, I need to get my Snoopy on…

Variety reports that Children of Men scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby are writing a pilot script based on the Hugo-nominated science fiction series The Expanse, which so far consists of three books: Leviathan Wakes (2011), Caliban’s War (2012), and Abaddon’s Gate (2013). Mixing elements of science fiction, mystery, and detective fiction, The Expanse is set in a well-developed fictional future where mankind has spread out through the solar system. A mysterious discovery reveals the irrefutable truth that we are not alone in the universe, and that’s a truth many powerful forces want to conceal…or control. So far I’ve only read the first book in the series, but it’s easily one of my favorite reads in years, and a TV versions — if done well — could be something truly special. (Fun fact: “James S. A. Corey” is actually a pen name for writing partners Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.)


Falling Skies Returns And A New Expanse Novel Hits Shelves: This Week In Science Fiction

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It’s a busy week on the sci-fi front. NBC’s surprise hit Revolution is wrapping up its freshman season, but three sci-fi series are premiering to help chew up all your DVR space. http://www.tnt.tv/series/fallingskies/“>Falling Skies launches its third season Sunday night, with a two-hour block of episodes that picks up seven months after the events of last summer’s season finale. If TNT’s alien invasion drama isn’t up your alley, the surprisingly fun time-travel series Continuum returns to Syfy for a second season, and audiences on this side of the Pond will finally get to see the zombie series In the Flesh, which got some solid reviews a few months back when it premiered in the U.K.


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