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

Catching up

by Daniel Abraham

So I’m still in the middle of a bunch of Really Cool Work, but there were a few things I wanted to pop on the Internet and mention.  Many of these are also cool.

1) The Long Price Quartet is finally going to be on audio.  A Shadow in Summer is already up for preorder.

2) I did an interview with my friend Cameron Goble that has been made available online.

3) Things are going well with the TV show.  There has been some more casting done with which I am *very* pleased.  There’s no official announcement yet, but I imagine it’ll start leaking out one place & another.

Also, if anyone’s waiting to hear back from me on Facebook or Twitter, you’re still better off dropping a comment here on the blog for the next couple months.

39 Responses »

  1. Great news – any sign of the audio being released in the UK or is it just for US at the moment?

  2. Thanks for your talk during Tech Fiesta!

  3. Hello there,

    just wanted to say that I’m deeply in love with Leviathan Wakes which I’ve soon finished reading and the series is more than promising. 🙂

    Also, I’m wondering how you decide on the cover art for the books? They’re all amazing and I was just curios of how you pick a cover that will represent your book. 🙂

  4. I’ve read the books and enjoyed them tremendously. I am also anxiously awaiting the TV show. I have a suggestion for some theme music. “Space Station #5” by Montrose. Take a listen.


    Woo-hoo! I am ridiculously happy to hear this is finally coming 🙂

    Hope you guys are both doing well. Always looking forward to reading/hearing more.

  6. Great news about audio! Is there anything to tell about who will be narrating it?

    (On another note: whichever of you two were genius enough to make Avasarala happen – thank you from the bottom of my heart =)

  7. The cover art for The Sipder’s War is… Surprising! Was there any Idea of what would have been on the cover if they continued the theme of a single item?

  8. So excited about The Long Price on audio!

  9. Hi! I’m a new fan of the books (I’ve read the first and part of the 2nd) and am absolutely loving the story and looking forward to the TV series.

    IMDB for The Expanse has listed Cas Anvar as being cast as Alex Kamal. True? Or do we just have to wait for the official announcement to find out?

  10. Great choice for Alex! Such a great actor. So far you guys have been picking some real winners. Super excited to see who you have for Amos and Naomi.

  11. Big fan of your Expanse series. I am almost done withe Cibola Burn. Any update about new books in the series release dates?

  12. Saying hey from Australia, Sydney. I’m loving the books and your work. Please keep it up. I cant wait for the show. If you ever so a book tour down under, I’d love to attend.

  13. I’m curious as to how many of the novels are being condensed into these 10 episodes. I am really hoping its just Leviathan wakes with Avasarala tossed in, and not 2 or more of the novels storylines.

    • How exactly to move from the books onto the screen is something we all talked about a lot. And I could totally tell you how we’re doing it, except then the Alcon attack monkeys would rise up from the floorboards and beat me.

      Suffice it to say, we’re very happy with the approach we wound up taking.

  14. Just found this ‘blog’, delighted to see The Expanse is up and running for a TV epic, but any news on. Fifth expanse book?

  15. Please don’t spend too much time hanging with Mr. Martin. We may never see The Spider’s War.

  16. I just started listening to the Widow’s House and was reminded how awesome the Dagger and the Coin series is. Pete Bradbury is the perfect reader for it. Are there any more books planned in this setting?

  17. Any more Black Sun’s Daughter books on the go by chance?

  18. I am thrilled at the LPQ audiobook news. I have been waiting for these for years and years!

  19. Comment on the Audible version of A Shadow in Summer, Bk 1 of the Long Price Quartet.

    If you are among those of us who have waited a long time for this, I have very good news for you.
    (I’m not here to review the book itself. The Long Price Quartet is a modern classic and has been reviewed enthusiastically for many years by all sorts of people.)
    I’m here to review the all-important narration for the audiobook. Because no matter how enjoyable a book is by itself, when it is read out loud there is a pleasurable or painful outcome. And in this case, Neil Shaw is excellent.

    Normally, my strong preference is for the “transparent” types of readers.
    These are the intelligent narrators who have great voices and read smoothly and beautifully, but do not supply a theatrical performance for you. (Like Will Patton, Jefferson Mays and John Lee, for example).
    Most “colorful” or emotive readers are too obtrusive for my tastes- and are not very good at it to boot. But there are a few narrators of the more dramatizing variety who do it very well. These are rare, and they have to be both naturally good at this and well-trained.
    They can use accents, speak as very different characters, and generally liven things up without spoiling the story. In other words, they are vocally versatile without being egotistical hams. Their dramatization genuinely adds to the story rather than detracts from it.
    Congratulations to you Daniel- and to us, the audience for audio. Neil Shaw is one of these exceptional ones.

  20. I loved the Long Price Quartet and I’m enjoying the Dragon’s Tail series even more I cannot put down the Widow’s House. I’m going to have a hard time waiting for Spider’s War. As others have said, please don’t hang out with GRRM too much, I would hate to see you catch his disease.