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The Expanse is a series of science fiction novels, novellas and stories by James S. A. Corey – the pen name of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. The first novel, Leviathan Wakes, was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2012. In 2017 the series as a whole was nominated for the ‘Best Series’ Hugo Award.

These novels are the basis of an American science fiction television series developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby. The series received positive reviews from critics, who highlighted its visuals, character development, and political narrative. It received a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation as well as a Saturn Award nomination.

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James A Corey The Expanse Leviathan Wakes Caliban's War

https://nerdist.com/getting-the-science-right-makes-the-expanse-a-better-show/

https://www.wired.com/story/the-physics-of-accelerating-spacecraft-in-the-expanse/

https://www.reddit.com/r/TheExpanse/comments/434ihh/what_kind_of_physics_is_the_epstein_drive_based/

LET’S DO THE PHYSICS OF KNOCKING AN ASTEROID INTO THE SUN, Rhett Allain

http://josephshoer.com/blog/2015/06/spaceships-of-the-expanse/

Books

Related works

  • “The Butcher of Anderson Station” (The Expanse short story) (2011)
  • Gods of Risk (The Expanse novella) (2012)
  • “Drive” (The Expanse short story) (2012)
  • The Churn (The Expanse novella) (2014)
  • The Vital Abyss (The Expanse novella) (2015)
  • Strange Dogs (The Expanse novella) (2017)

Television series

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Possible rocket engines

from ATOMIC ROCKETSHIPS OF THE SPACE PATROL or “So You Wanna Build A Rocket?” by Winchell D. Chung Jr..

Here is your handy-dandy cheat-sheet of rocket engines. Use this as a jumping-off point, there is no way I can keep this up-to-date. Google is your friend!

I’ll point out a few of the more useful items on the sheet:

  • Aluminum-Oxygen is feeble, but is great for a lunar base (the raw materials are in the dirt).

  • VASIMR is the current favorite among ion-drive fans. Use this with orbit-to-orbit ships that never land on a planet. It can “shift gears” like an automobile.

  • Solar Moth might be a good emergency back-up engine.

  • Nuclear Thermal Solid Core is better than feeble chemical rockets, but not as much as you’d expect.

  • Nuclear Thermal Vapor Core is what you design along the way while learning how to make a gas core atomic rocket.

  • Nuclear Thermal Gas Core Open-Cycle is a full-blown honest-to-Heinlein atomic rocket, spraying glowing radioactive death in its exhaust.

  • Nuclear Thermal Gas Core Closed-Cycle is an attempt to have the advantages of both nuclear solid core and gas core, but often has the disadvantages of both. It has about half the exhaust velocity of an open-cycle atomic rocket.

  • Orion Nuclear Pulse is a rocket driven by detonating hundreds of nuclear bombs. If you can get past freaking out about the “bomb” part, it actually has many advantages. Don’t miss the Medusa variant.

  • Magneto Inertial Fusion This is the best fusion-power rocket design to date.

  • Zubrin’s Nuclear Salt Water This is the most over-the-top rocket. Imagine a continuously detonating Orion drive. There are many scientist who question how the rocket can possibly survive turning the drive on.

 

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