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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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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


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.



The only human being in existence not in this photo

Michael Collins is the only human being in the history of the world, living or dead, who is not contained in the frame of this picture.

Michael Collins (born October 31, 1930), Major General, USAF, Ret., is an American former astronaut and test pilot. …His first spaceflight was on Gemini 10, in which he and Command Pilot John Young performed two rendezvous with different spacecraft and Collins undertook two EVAs. His second spaceflight was as the Command Module Pilot for Apollo 11 [July 16-24, 1969]. While he stayed in orbit around the Moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left in the Lunar Module to make the first manned landing on its surface. Collins is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon. Michael Collins (Wikipedia)

Michael Collins is the only human NASA astronaut


Elon Musk’s SpaceX returns to flight and pulls off dramatic, historic landing

Elon Musk’s SpaceX returns to flight and pulls off dramatic, historic landing

The Washington Post, By Christian Davenport, December 21 at 8:46 PM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Elon Musk’s SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket at its landing pad here Monday evening in its first flight since its rocket exploded six months ago.

The historic landing, the first time a rocket launched a payload into orbit and then returned safely to Earth, was cheered as a sign that SpaceX, the darling of the commercial space industry, has its momentum back.

“The Falcon has landed,” a SpaceX commentator said on the live webcast, as workers at its headquarters went wild, chanting “USA! USA!”

Falcon 9 Space X and Dragon cargo spacecraft

Monday’s flight, initially delayed because of technical concerns, was the second time in a month that a billionaire-backed venture launched a rocket into space and recovered it. And it represents yet another significant step forward in the quest to open up the cosmos to the masses.

Typically, rocket boosters are used once, burning up or crashing into the ocean after liftoff. But Musk, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal and Tesla, and Jeffrey P. Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com who has his own space company, have been working on creating reusable rockets that land vertically by using their engine thrust. If they are able to recover rockets and fly them again and again, it would dramatically lower the cost of space flight.

Reusing the first stage, which houses the engine and is the most expensive part of the rocket, was thought impossible by many just a few years ago. But last month Bezos’ Blue Origin flew a rocket to the edge of space, and landed it in a remote swath of West Texas. (Bezos owns the Washington Post.)

On Monday, SpaceX’s first flight since its Falcon 9 rocket blew up in June, Musk topped his fellow tech billionaire and space rival, by landing a larger, more powerful rocket designed to send payloads to orbit, and not just past the boundary of what’s considered space. It was a much more complicated feat that was celebrated as another leap forward for Musk and his merry band of rocketeers.

SpaceX’s unmanned—and recently upgraded— Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. at 8:29 p.m. on a mission to deliver 11 commercial satellites into space for Orbcomm, a communications company. A few minutes later, the second stage separated and headed further on while the towering booster performed an aerial U-turn, and headed back to Earth, hurtling back through gusty winds and using its engine thrust to slow down.

Guided by fins on the side of the rocket, it steered toward the landing pad SpaceX has built on the Cape—Landing Zone 1—and touched down vertically in a dramatic, pinpoint landing.

SpaceX Falcon 9 launch profile

Art by Jon Ross.

The Future of Space Launch is Near

Previously, SpaceX had attempted to land the first stage on a floating platform Musk calls an “autonomous spaceport drone ship.” Twice the rockets hit the barge, but they came down too hard or at a slight angle, and exploded.

Monday’s landing is yet another breakthrough for SpaceX, which was the first commercial company hired by NASA to ferry supplies to the International Space Station. And it won another contract, along with Boeing, to fly astronauts to the station, as soon as 2017.

But as SpaceX, based outside of L.A., has evolved from spunky start-up to a mainstream space company, it remains focused on its main mission: one day flying to Mars, which Musk hopes humans will eventually colonize. While it has raised revenue by flying for NASA and commercial satellite companies, SpaceX has continued to push toward developing the technologies that eventually would make humans a “multi-planet species,” as Musk says.