Lizard Brain is a shared blog about Science Fiction and Fantasy from Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.

The Expanse Screening in Santa Fe! More Details!

by Ty Franck

I have news about The Expanse screening at the Jean Cocteau theater in December.

Daniel and I will be doing a signing at the theater on Dec 3rd at 4pm. Everyone is invited to see us talk and deface books. Books, including our new Tie-In cover edition, will be available at the theater. Or, feel free to bring your own from home. We’re happy to sign anything.

More exciting news! The first fifty (50) people to arrive at the signing will receive tickets for priority seating at the two episode sneak peek of the show later that night! If you want to make sure you don’t miss our show, just come hang out at the signing and if you’re one of the first fifty you are guaranteed a seat.

The screening of the two episode sneak peek will be later that night, December 3rd, at 8:30pm. Daniel and I will be on hand to introduce the show and talk a bit about it, and we’re going to try and have a few special guests hang out with us and say hi to the crowd.

You can find information about the Jean Cocteau Theater here

Find a trailer for The Expanse here

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

We hope to see you there!


Early Expanse Screening!

by Ty Franck

I don’t have a ton of details yet or exact times, but on Thursday December 3rd Alcon will be presenting an early screening of The Expanse at the Jean Cocteau Theater in Santa Fe, NM.




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Tim Bradstreet is a God.

by Daniel Abraham

Once upon a time, there was a post here with images of some really cool Expanse posters.  But then a bunch of asshole pirate sites started reusing the images by linking to my ISP’s servers and driving the traffic through the roof.

*This* is whew can’t have nice things.

Tim Bradstreet?  Still a god, though.


The End of the Story

by Daniel Abraham

I’ve just sent in the last changes to The Spider’s War, the last book of The Dagger and the Coin. All in all, it’s about 700,000 words to finish the story I began with an apostate priest being hunted through the mountains.

I started the project with a couple of goals in mind: I wanted to understand what epic fantasy was, and I wanted to make one that scratched all my personal itches. To aim for the first, I called a meeting with some of the best minds I knew. Seven — almost eight — years ago, I went to Melinda Snodgrass’s house outside Santa Fe and spent the day with George RR Martin, Walter Jon Williams, S. M. Stirling, Ty Franck, Ian Tregillis among others talking about what fantasy is, how it works, what its history is, speculating on its future. Then a few weeks later, a group met at my house to break the whole five-book series. Some characters who I thought I wanted were left behind in that process. The arc of the whole story was put in place. Critical scenes in the third book and the fifth were talked through. And then I started writing.

The Dagger and the CoinA lot of things have happened since then. Not all of the people I began this with are still around now. The circumstances of my life have shifted, as any seven years will do. I heard once that the myth of breaking a mirror being seven years bad luck was because we get new souls every seven years. I assume that’s a metaphor, and I see what it’s a metaphor of.

I will not be spending any more time with Cithrin bel Sarcour or Marcus Wester. Yardem Hane or Master Kit. Gender Palliako. Clara Kalliam. They’ve done everything I asked them to do, and often better than I’d hoped. I’ve finished two epic fantasies now. The Long Price Quartet and The Dagger and the Coin are, for the moment at least, my argument about the nature of epic fantasy — what is fantasy and what ‘epic’ means. I don’t think I could have said when I meant more concisely. Between the two series, I have written over a million words in this genre. I feel fairly pleased with what I’ve managed.

I don’t know what else I have to say about the genre for now, but I have some new projects I’m working on. I’ve also done a five book urban fantasy series, and I’m a little over half way through The Expanse, which promises to dwarf them all. It’s all delightful.

There’s a sadness in endings, and also a joy.

The Dagger and the Coin is ended. And I am pleased to say, I think it’s ended well.

I’ll start something new tomorrow…


A couple things

by Daniel Abraham

First off, we’re doing an AMA over at around 2:00 Pacific/5:00 Eastern. Y’all should stop by if you’re of a mind.

Second: Blogs, right? Kinda not doing much with this one. Should think about putting this thing back in rotation.


The Dangerous World of TV Producing

by Ty Franck

Delivering notes to actors can be a dangerous job.  Acting is an emotional profession, and hearing that the choices you’ve made aren’t working can sometimes create tensions or hurt feelings.

Fortunately, on The Expanse we have trained professionals who take criticism with aplomb.

Giving a note to Dominic Tipper


That’s a wrap (and another thing)

by Daniel Abraham

The Expanse season one had it’s wrap party last night.  It was wonderful and exhausting and long and filled to the rafters with talented, dedicated, genuinely great people.  The presidents of Alcon TV and Syfy were both on hand, and a bunch of folks from the cast and crew.  I am now exhausted and delighted and ready to be home for a few days.

The Powers are still working out the premier date, so apart from 2015, I’ve got nothing new on that front, but I did get to hear a couple details about the promotion effort coming up that delight me.  That part should be fun too.

Also, and unrelated, for those who follow such things, our Star Wars novel is not [EDIT: Now.  Not not, now.  Jeez, typos…] out in mass market.


James S.A. Corey Appearance in Toronto, Canada on February 11th

by Pat Rogers

Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck are in Toronto, Canada working non-stop on THE EXPANSE TV SERIES.
On February 11, 2015 they will take an evening off from work to talk with fans about the upcoming TV show and sign books at BAKKA PHOENIX BOOKS.
Please join them, and be the first to get all the inside news and stories about the TV series, at 7pm on February 11, 2015 at Bakka Phoenix Books, 84 Harbord Street, Toronto, Canada.


TRAILER!!!!, or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

by Daniel Abraham

[EDIT: New link to non-region-locked version with better color correction]


So you want to see something cool?

A bunch the series regulars — Holden, Avasarala, Naomi, Amos, Alex — are in here, and (if you really pay attention) the first glimpse of the Rocinante in all her glory.

So. What did you think?

EDIT: Also check the OFFICIAL SYFY PAGE and follow ’em on Twitter @ExpanseSyfy


A Short Note on Expanse News

by Daniel Abraham

So here I am on the set of The Expanse in my nifty little chair with my name on it (actually, that’s not true — Ty’s in my chair, I’m in the chair of a fella at a much higher pay grade than mine, but he’s good with it).  It is, I feel comfortable saying, much cooler than I’d expected.  And I thought it’d be pretty cool.

We just had a comment on another thread complaining that Naomi Nagata has been cut from the show.  Now I’m assuming that comes from someone looking at the IMDB entry and seeing Dominique Tipper is only listed as being in one episode.  This is, of course, an error in IMDB and will eventually update to show that Miss Tipper will be with us throughout the season.  There are also some fan sites coming out that are being mistaken for official outlets to some confusion.

But with that in mind, I wanted to drop a note about how information about the show is coming out.

If we say it here on the blog, it’s probably true.  If Syfy says it, it’s pretty much certainly true. Anything you get from anyplace else, don’t sniff it.  You don’t know where it’s been.