Episode 22: The Expanse series and N. K. Jemisin’s Masterclass

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In This Episode

The Book Evangelists discuss The Expanse series by James S. A. Corey and a new Masterclass N. K. Jemisin Teaches Fantasy and Science Fiction Writing.

Morning Chatter

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Humanity has colonized the solar system—Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond—but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for—and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to the Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations—and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

 From goodreads.com


James S. A. Corey is the pen name of Daniel Abraham and Ty Frank. The story started as an RPG.

Worldbuilding in The Expanse series is excellent.

The audiobook versions are excellent.

Because we are at very different parts in the series, the discussion attempts to be completely spoiler-free!

Will we watch the television series? Will we keep reading the series? Will the things we hope will happen for the characters come to fruition?

Other readers who we talk to about science fiction books like and recommend this series – being in a community of readers is pretty awesome.

Here are two options for what I think will happen. Option A and Option B.


You know how there are all the other letters of the alphabet, C through Z. I feel like that is a spoiler way free to tell you that you are really going to like reading this book to see what happens.


N. K. Jemisin Teaches Fantasy and Science Fiction Writing is an amazing Masterclass and also N. K. Jemisin is an amazing writer. We are slightly more eloquent or at least more verbose when we discuss it on the podcast.

Coming Up

Next episode: Marian and Lissa will really, truly, probably, read and discuss two fantasy books written for youth, which Marian read in her youth and Lissa has not read. Yet.

  • A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin
  • The Book of Three The Chronicles of Prydain, Book 1 by Lloyd Alexander

Pssst! Want to See Something Cool?

Marian’s first book A Little Touch of Magic is now available! There are fairies. Someone has a tail. Must be a fairytale. Buy it wherever books are sold, especially for the middle grade fantasy readers in your life.

Our Show Notes include mentions and recommendations, all linked for your convenience. What else would you like to see here? 

Music Credit: The music used during transitions in our podcast is adapted from: Jazzy Sax, Guitar, and Organ at the club by Admiral Bob (c) copyright 2018 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/admiralbob77/58382 Ft: geoffpeters

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