The SyFy Channel has been making some very interesting moves and announcement of late. The sort of stuff that ought to get science fiction fans interested assuming they’re not pouting and sulking about unimportant stuff like the channel’s name or other silliness. But for me this may be the biggest announcement so far.
According to Entertainment Weekly the SyFy Channel has issued a direct to series order for 10 episodes of a show based on The Expanse novels by James S.A. Corey (yes I know it’s two writers, it’s not necessary to tell me this fact every time I post about the books). So that means we don’t have to worry about how a pilot will do, we’ll get at least 10 episodes to enjoy.
And potentially there is a lot to enjoy. The Expanse series in book form currently consists of 4 novels and some novellas. I’ve read the first couple and think they’re brilliant. Great scfi space opera. If you haven’t read them I suggest you do now, starting with: The Expanse 1 – Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
Ignore the whole “Game of Thrones In Space” tag line that’s getting thrown around. That’s just standard tv marketing for you. Game of Thrones is a hit so everything gets compared to it these days. The series has a lot of complex characters, multiple locations, politics and some crazy scifi stuff as well. The logline is still a bit overblown, but it gives you a better feel for what’s going on in this series:
A thriller set two hundred years in the future, The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.”
This is exactly the sort of science fiction that people have been complaining Syfy doesn’t do any more. Spaceships! So when it comes on… watch it. Because it won’t be cheap to produce and it will need ratings.
Source: Entertainment Weekly