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The Expanse Series Release Date & Plot: New Space Opera To Launch Soon, What We Know So Far

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Looks like we got a new space opera to keep us hooked this December.

After being teased in San Diego Comic Con, the upcoming sci-fi series The Expanse is finally arriving this December. So what is The Expanse anyway? First off it is based on the novel by James S. A. Corey, which was actually the pen name of Daniel Abrahams and Ty Frank. The Expanse series features five novels with four more being planned, it also has four short stories and novellas. The five released novels are Leviathan Wakes, Caliban?s War, Abaddon?s Gate, Cibola Burn and Nemesis Games, Babylon?s Ashes will be the sixth upcoming novel and is schedule to release next year.

The Expanse is set in a future where humans have colonized outside Earth and around the Solar System, and there is a tension between the Earth?s United Nations, Mars and the rest of the outer planets. The series focus more on Jim Holden and his crew who stole the Martian warship Rocinante and their struggle in the discovery of the greatest conspiracy as they fight against greedy space corporations, corrupt politicians and warmongering admirals to uncover the truth.

In the series, there will three main characters, Jim Holden (played by Steven Strait) the officer of an ice freighter who is a human born on Earth, Josephus Miller (played by Thomas Jane), a detective on Ceres Station, who is corrupt and an alcoholic, but with a conscience, and Chrisjen Avasarala (played by Shohreh Aghdashloo), the UN undersecretary who is dealing with the tensions of Earth with Mars and the rest of the outer planets.

So far those who saw the first episode were impressed with the production quality of the series as well as having an impressive view of the politics in space, and an example where the future is more of a setting rather than the story as there technologies and cultures being featured that show each of the characters? personalities and socioeconomic class. If you want to learn more on how impressive The Expanse was, you can check out io9?s feature article

The Expanse has premiered via streaming and will be aired on local television on December 14, 2015.

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