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The most dangerous thing in space exploration is the humans that do the exploring — right up until it isn't.
That's a joke that "The Expanse" series authors said they tell often, and it's a guiding theme in "Tiamat's Wrath" (Orbit, 2019) out today (March 26). This entry deftly sets the stage as the penultimate installment in the authors' nine-book series. Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck — who together pilot the pseudonym James S.A. Corey — chatted with Space.com about the new work and what lies in store for the crew of the Rocinante.
Installment - Series - Politics - Manipulations - Powers
In this installment of the series, human politics and manipulations run up against powers much more far reaching. And the alien infrastructure that characters have encountered, including in the series' novellas, starts coming to life — metaphorically, of course.
"There's some stuff we've sort of been hinting at for a while that we've kept off the main screen that this book really shows in close up," Franck told Space.com. "That'll be fun. This is our book about the hubris of humanity against the implacable preternatural foes."
Switch - Struggle - Abraham - Apollo - Buck
"And it's a switch from the human political struggle that we really focused in on," Abraham said. "As we go on, we get farther and farther away from late Apollo 13 and closer and closer to early Buck Rogers. That's always been the intent of the project, to bridge that whole span of the genre. There are elements in this that get weirder and cooler and start kicking in and paying off some of the promises we made early on."
One pleasure of following a series spanning this much time — the previous novel, "Persepolis Rising" (Orbit, 2018) began with a 30-year time skip — is watching familiar characters slot into new roles as the environments around them change. This means that some characters, unfortunately,...
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