I hope you are sitting down. I have big news. The television channel that was originally started to fill the science fiction niche that was missing, is actually getting back to SCIENCE FICTION. I didn’t believe it either. The channel that is now famous for ‘reality’ shows and wrestling is going to produce a show about being in space. That’s just crazy.
The new series is based on the best-selling novels by James S.A. Corey (the pen name of writers Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck). The Expanse consists of 3 novels: Leviathan Wakes released in 2011, Caliban’s War released in 2012 and Abaddon’s Gate released in 2013.
At this point, there is a 10 episode order for the show. This is SyFy after all, they don’t want to take a chance on ordering too many.
The story is described as a space opera, set two centuries into the future. The story “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.”
Syfy president Dave Howe said “Bringing this coveted book franchise to television with our partners at Alcon and the Sean Daniel Co. is a giant win for Syfy, reinforcing our overall strategy to produce bold, provocative and compelling sci-fi fantasy stories.” I’m not sure when their strategy changed, but I’m certainly happy to hear that it has.