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A Message from Naren Shankar, show runner of The Expanse

05.13.18
by Daniel Abraham

I guess now we really all are Belters. A tribe without a country. I’ve been on shows that were so awful and so awful to work on, that I would pray for cancellation (mercifully granted). I’ve been on shows that had good, long runs, so when the end came it was okay because we’d said what we wanted to say and we could go out with some dignity. But I have never been on a show where the story, the […]

Guest Post: Railguns and Plasma, oh my!

03.19.18
by Ty Franck

Hey all, we have a guest post from writer and scientist M.T. Reiten about the technology behind the railguns in The Expanse universe. He talked through this with me years ago, long before we were producing the show, but it’s taken this long to get his guest post written and up because he’s an actual scientist who works on government projects and we had to be sure he wasn’t violating any non-disclosure kind of stuff. But we finally have permission, […]

REDDIT AMA TODAY

06.14.17
by Daniel Abraham

We’re doing an AMA on reddit tomorrow today at 3pm EST.  You should come say hi.

GUEST POST: Losing Science in Drama (and Finding Drama in Science)

04.04.17
by Daniel Abraham

[NOTE: This post contains minor spoilers!] There is a singular feature in the novels of The Expanse that we have tried very hard to express in the series: the idea that space itself is a character. From the start, we’ve always attempted to portray the physical realities of life in space with as much, well, realism, as we can while still serving our dramatic needs, and whenever possible, we use physics itself to create drama in a way that almost every science fiction film or TV series […]

Some cool news!

04.04.17
by Ty Franck

So this happened! Thank you everyone.  A lot of people worked very hard on this show, and it’s so gratifying to see that their efforts resonated with the fans.         And here’s the Season 3 writer’s room starting up!

I answer questions

01.14.17
by Ty Franck

So I get asked these things a lot, and the answers are too long for twitter, so here they are: Q: Does the internet exist in The Expanse? How does it work? A: Of course it does, or some version of it does. The big difference between a solar system wide electronic communications network and the one we have now is a thing called light delay. See, in The Expanse, everyone still has to obey the speed limit of the […]

A great wealth of Expanse news, not all of which I can share

11.11.16
by Daniel Abraham

Hey, folks.  Been a while, and I have some news to share. First off, if you haven’t seen it, the season 2 release date announcement is accompanied by a spiffy trailer. Second, a reminder that season one is on Netflix globally (with the exceptions of US, Canada, and New Zealand), and will be streaming on Amazon Prime in the US in a little less than a month. Third, I don’t get to talk about, except that I’ve heard some interesting […]

Streaming season

10.11.16
by Daniel Abraham

So, there was a little news today. The Expanse has been picked up for global distribution by Netflix. That’s a little more complex than it sounds. In all the territories Netflix serves except the USA, Canada, and New Zealand, streaming of season 1 will start November 3rd. In the US, streaming of season 1 will be on Amazon Prime later this year (probably later than November 3rd) but it’s available for purchase on BluRay and streaming right now. As far […]

Toronto Diary Day Twenty-Five

09.14.16
by Daniel Abraham

Last night, we went to dinner with Amy, our production coordinator.  It was one of the weirdest dinners I’ve ever been to, mostly because of the venue.  O Noir is a restaurant where the servers are all blind and the meal is served in absolute pitch darkness. In addition to ordering the listed items from the menu, there was the option of saying “surprise me” and getting dishes that weren’t listed, and that you’d just have to figure out what […]

Toronto Diary Day Twenty-three

09.12.16
by Daniel Abraham

It’s been a little rowdy, folks, so I feel I owe y’all something a little more substantive than pictures, however amusing they may be. Yesterday was the wrap party.  That doesn’t mean we’re actually wrapped.  The tradition is to put the party on the last weekend of the shoot rather than waiting for the whole thing to really be well and truly over so that as the actors finish their last scenes of the season, they can head off to […]