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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2020 8:49 p.m. PST

"The Expanse began life in the minds of two friends, and was originally going to be a game, with complex backstory and a huge universe created in great depth. It turned into a series of books under the pseudonym James S A Corey, and in recent years has been serialised by the SyFy channel for the first three seasons, after which Amazon Prime have taken up the banner, promising us season four in the new year (2019). With a new book in the series also hitting the virtual shelves in December 2018, it should be a good 2019 for fans of The Expanse.

The Knight is a shuttle used by the crew of The Canterbury, an old colony ship converted into an Ice Hauler, transporting ice from Saturn's rings to its home base on the colonised asteroid Ceres, the largest known asteroid in our solar system at almost 1,000km in diameter. En route back to Ceres with a fresh crop of ice chunks, the Cant receives a distress call from a ship by the name of the Scopuli, which they're required by law to investigate, even though they're none too keen. A small crew take the leaky rust-bucket of a shuttle out to investigate, despite some fairly leaky seals rendering it a bit risky to travel for long periods without a space suit as a fall-back measure (which they do). What happens next triggers a huge upheaval in the human diaspora, affecting the Earthers, Dusters (Martian colonists), collectively known as the Inners, and the Belters, who are the mish-mash people of the Asteroid Belt, who came from many races and origins to work in space, and are the underdogs of the solar system with a huge chip on their shoulders for that reason. Most of the crew of the Knight then go on to be the main protagonists of the series, taking them through the middle of many of the tumultuous events that take place as a result of humanity finding the Protomolecule, and learning that we are not alone in the universe…"

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