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In April, the SyFy channel announced they ordered a ten-episode season based on James S.A. Corey's sci-fi series, The Expanse. Corey is the pen name of co-authors Daniel Abraham, an excellent fantasy writer, and Ty Franck, who served as George R.R. Martin's assistant for a number of years. I think the first season is going to correspond with the first novel in the series, Leviathan Wakes. It's a big book with a lot of plot, so ten episodes seems right. I just finished the second book in the series, Caliban's War. I loved both it and Leviathan Wakes. The books fit into the space opera mold, and they're page-turners. If you had to break it up into an ingredient list, it'd be three parts hard sci-fi, one part mystery, one part Lovecraftian horror. The mix works well, and there's some interesting sociological and world-building aspects that keep this from being merely enjoyable fluff. And as simple as it is, I think the prose is (often) good too. I've read that industry insiders are hoping to bill the show as "Game of Thrones in space." I can sort of see that—"Corey" has several viewpoint characters for each book, like Martin, and switches back and forth between them. Franck and Abraham also play a bit with some of the thematic issues that Martin explores in the ASoIaF series. But if the industry folks are hoping to capitalize on the crazy violent aspects and crazy sexy parts that some folks like about the show, well...they'll really have to change a lot. Attached so far: Breaking Bad director Terry McDonough, exec. producers/showrunners Mark Fergus and Hawk Osby (Iron Man and Children of Men), and actor Thomas Jane starring at Detective Miller.