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

Some news, and our new bestest pals

by Ty Franck

So, Alcon entertainment did a press release about their development of an Expanse TV show, written by me and Daniel’s new pals, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby.










You can read the press release at the Variety website here.

So, yeah, this is what Daniel and I have been working on and shutting ourselves off from the world for.  We’re pretty excited to be working with these guys.  THEY INVENTED AGENT COULSON!!!!


Seriously, we know

by Ty Franck

We’ve been falling down on the job here on the blog for a while, but we’re working on some stuff that will make Expanse fans very happy.  We promise, next week we’ll have some stuff to talk about.  Thanks for your patience.  Daniel owes you the flaky pastry of your choice next time you see him.


In the meantime, look at this thing an amazing fan set up.


Well look what I found on the Internet

by Daniel Abraham

My seven-year-old self now thinks I'm the coolest thing ever.

My seven-year-old self now thinks I’m the coolest thing ever.


San Diego Comic Con

by Daniel Abraham

We are in San Diego along with George RR Martin, Diana Rowland, Jay Lake, and apparently everyone else in the freaking world. So that’s cool.

If you’re one of our fellow attendees, my schedule looks like:



2 pm:  Daniel Abraham signing at the Orbit booth in the exhibitor’s hall


2:30: Epic Fantasy panel (24ABC) Daniel, Brandon Sanderson, Robin Hobb, Raymond Feist, Django Wexler, Melissa de la Cruz, and Christopher Paolini as herded by Colleen Lindsay.  Wish her luck.  (With a panel signing afterward)


1:30 Daniel and George RR Martin singning the new comic book Skin Trade at the Avatar booth (ticketed signing, so grab a ticket if this one’s your bag)


1:00 Science Fiction and the Future (24ABC) Daniel, Ty, Jason Hough, David Wellington, Mira Grant, Daniel Wildon and DJ MacHale as managed and controlled by Margaret Stohl. (With a panel signing afterward)

3:00 Daniel and Ty signing as James SA Corey at the Orbit booth.


Best Fan Art Ever

by Daniel Abraham

Fan art by Expanse fan, freelance translator, and artistEXPANSE holden_coffee Dana Berube.











So this is what being on the New York Times Bestseller List is like. Huh.

by Daniel Abraham

James SA Corey is now officially a New York Times Bestselling Author.  Check it out!

If you want to talk about it (or anything else), I’m going to be doing an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit Fantasy tomorrow night (June 18th).  Ty and I will also be at the Locus Awards at the end of the month, a signing at Page One Books in albuquerque on July 6th and San Diego Comicon.




Best blurb ever, but too long.

by Daniel Abraham

Abaddon’s Gate came out today, and my favorite line from the reviews thus far is from

What happens at the Ring once all these players converge will affect not only these individual characters, but also all of humanity. And not in any abstract, indirect, or metaphorical sense either. Along the way, readers will encounter space battles, hand-to-hand combat, mutinies, terrible acts of terrorism, wrenching deaths, philosophical discussions regarding faith, redemption, and forgiveness; fart jokes (OK, one), an epic moment of mind-blowing grandeur and scale; lots of humor (not involving farts), acts of cowardice, selfishness, and self-aggrandizement; acts of compassion, empathy, bravery, and self-sacrifice.

Hell.  Now I want to read the damned thing.


Lo, Denver Comicon

by Daniel Abraham

After a little excitement at the airport, I’ve arrived at the Denver Comicon.  I’m heading over now to check in and get my final schedule.  If y’all are nearby, I’m taking suggestions on the best restaurant by the convention center.




OK, I have my schedule.  It looks like I’ll be at:


FRIDAY 8PM:  Epic fantasy

SATURDAY 12PM: Fans vs. Writers

SATURDAY 6 PM: Writing outside the lines

SUNDAY 12PM: Read all about it! Superheroes in novel form.

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For those who’re interested . . .

by Daniel Abraham

Upcoming4me just put up a little article about the story behind The Dagger & the Coin.

“For my first fantasy series – The Long Price Quartet – I wanted to do something really different, and so I did.  It had a structure I hadn’t seen anyone do before, a different setting than the usual, an idea for magic that I’m still kind of proud of.  And then I saw this ketchup bottle.”


The Wide World of Daniel Abraham Roundup Edition

by Daniel Abraham

So yeah.  There’s been a lot going on of late, professionally speaking.  So partly because I figured some folks might be interested and partly so I could see it all in one place, here’s the state of play right now:



"The harder I work, the luckier I get" -- Samuel Goldwyn

“The harder I work, the luckier I get” — Samuel Goldwyn

Graveyard Child by MLN Hanover came out last month. We’re in between contracts on that one, and I’ll share more news on it as it comes in.

The Tyrant’s Law by Daniel Abraham comes out in four days, and has already been spotted in the wild. The fourth book in that series (The Widow’s House) is nearing completion.

Abaddon’s Gate by James S A Corey comes out on June 4th. The fourth book in that series (Dave or possibly The Mysterious Fourth Book of Mystery, but probably something much better) is also within striking distance of done.

The as-yet-not-with-a-final-title Star Wars novel by James S A Corey will be out next year.

Balfour and Meriwether in the Incident of the Harrowmoor Dogs by Daniel Abraham will be published as a stand-along chapbook in October.



Apex Magazine reprinted Hurt Me last month.

The first two Balfour & Meriwether stories are available on Snackreads.

Tor has made the Wild Cards story When We Were Heroes available as an ebook.

Dogs (the final version of The Dogs Project) comes out in Unfettered shortly.

The High King Dreaming will appear in Jonathan Strahan’s Fearsome Journeys anthology.

The Meaning of Love will appear in George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois’ Rogues anthology.

Also, James SA Corey’s short story A Man Without Honor will appear in George and Gardner’s Old Mars anthology.


I’ve been doing a bi-monthly column for Clarkesworld for about a year, most recently talking about grimdark and noir.

My piece on historical accuracy and fantasy was reprinted in Speculative Fiction 2012.

I’m doing this comic book gig on the side, and wrote an essay about it in Beyond the Wall.

I’ll be appearing at the Denver ComicCon, the Locus Awards weekend, San Diego ComicCon, Bubonicon, the Western Colorado Writer’s Forum, and I’ll be running a one-day workshop about plot structure and information control in Seattle in September through Clarion West.

So.  Like that.