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VIDEO: An Interview with Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, Authors of the New EXPANSE Novel, CIBOLA BURN

Co-Authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (who write under the pseudonym James S.A. Corey) were interviewed at a recent Authors at Google event. They talk about the origins of the Expanse series, how it was optioned for television, and the latest (and newly-released) book, Cibola Burn.
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Daniel Abraham’s and Ty Franck’s EXPANSE Series Headed for Television

Looks like Daniel Abraham’s and Ty Franck’s Expanse book series is being adapted for television!

Variety is reporting that scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Iron Man and Children of Men) will script the pilot of the how called The Expanse, which is based on the series of novels written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck under the pseudonym James S.A. Corey.
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Cover Reveals! CIBOLA BURN by James S.A. Corey and THE WIDOW’S HOUSE by Daniel Abraham

Courtesy of Orbit books, we have two covers to reveal to you today: Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey and The Widow’s House by Daniel Abraham! Click either one to embiggen,

Cibola Burn is the fourth books in the Expanse series by James S.A. Corey (the writing team of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck), following Leviathan Wakes, Caliban’s War and Abaddon’s Gate. Cover art is by Daniel Dociu.

The Widow’s House is the fourth novel in the Dagger and the Coin series, following The Dragon’s Path, The King’s Blood and The Tyrant’s Law. Cover art by Kirk Benshoff.

Book descriptions to come!

And…because this is how I get my kicks…here are the covers for each series, side-by-side-by-side-by-side.

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Cover & Synopsis: “Abaddon’s Gate” by James S.A. Corey

A Dribble of Ink has posted the cover art for the third novel in the Expanse series: Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey (the writing pseudonym for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck). This novel follows Leviathan Wakes and Caliban’s War.

Here’s the synopsis:
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BOOK REVIEW: Edge of Infinity Edited by Jonathan Strahan

REVIEW SUMMARY: Editor Jonathan Strahan buttresses his core argument about the next generation of SF with a strong set of Solar System-set Science Fiction stories

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: 18 stories from the likes of Elizabeth Bear, Alastair Reynolds and James S.A. Corey, all based around the idea of up to date views about living in the Solar System

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Strong writing, a dream line up of authors
CONS: A couple of the stories skate the boundaries set out by the editor
BOTTOM LINE: A book that effectively lays down a marker for Fourth Generation Science Fiction.

In the 1960’s, Science Fiction, already having gone through a couple of changes in the century but seemingly running a bit long in the tooth, runs into the New Wave, where authors like Harlan Ellison and Michael Moorcock bring new sensibilities and wonders and points of view to the genre. In the 1980’s, science fiction, again seemingly moribund and worn out, was transformed by William Gibson and the Cyberpunk movement.  In 2012, I see plenty of articles and chatter that science fiction is insular looking, more concerned with the past, unwilling to engage a future. That science fiction is getting “tired”, and science fiction authors are getting tired, or horrors, are fleeing into the kingdoms of fantasy. Sounds like awfully familiar rhetoric to me.  Are we due for another change? Jonathan Strahan and a host of heavyweights in the genre say ‘yes’.

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2 New “Star Wars” Books on the Horizon by John Jackson Miller and James S.A. Corey (Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck)

Del Rey announced at New York Comic Con the release of two upcoming books set in the Star Wars universe.

The first, Kenobi by John Jackson Miller, shows us the Jedi’s life right after the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and chronicles his attempts to, as the author says, “stop being Obi-Wan — and learn to live as Ben”. Kenobi is set for release in late 2013.

The second book announced is the 3rd book in the upcoming Rebels standalone novels, all of which take place between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back and focus on the main characters from the original trilogy. The new, as-yet-untitled book announced will focus on Han Solo and will be written by James S. A. Corey), the pseudonym for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, authors of the well-received space opera novels Leviathan Wakes and sequel Caliban’s War.

VIDEO: Sword and Laser Ep 5 – Interview with James S.A. Corey (Daniel Abraham & Ty Franck)

Sword and Laser video episode 5 with Veronica Belmont and Tom Merrit features a chat with James S.A. Corey (Daniel Abraham) and Ty Franck, the duo behind Leviathan Wakes.  Also, they announce the June pick for the Sword and laser book club.

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MIND MELD: The Best Aliens in Science Fiction

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This week, we sent our distinguished panlists this question:

Q: With the upcoming movie Prometheus, Aliens are on our minds here. What makes for a good depiction of aliens in Science Fiction? What are some examples of that in practice?

Here is how they responded…

Kameron Hurley
Kameron Hurley is the author of the award-winning novel GOD’S WAR and the sequel, INFIDEL. Her third book, RAPTURE is due out in November. Find out more at godswarbook.com

My preference for great aliens is for the really unknowable ones. I like the ones with totally crazy physiology and motives so alien that we find them utterly unknowable. Just giving a human some head ridges and having them practice a form of Buddhism with a funny name doesn’t do it for me. That’s not alien. It’s deeply human. With head ridges.

Right now, I’m partial to the aliens in Octavia’s Butler’s Adulthood Rights, which is part of her Xenogenesis series. The book is about these tentacled, telepathic aliens who reproduce by merging themselves with other species. There are four or five parents involved, and the way they interact with the world – touch it and taste it and understand it – is very different from our own. Writing from a purely alien POV is hard, and not a lot of writers can pull it off. But Butler brings us into the POV of one of the alien hybrids – a mix of human and alien genes – to help make the aliens more accessible. The merging of the two ways of seeing the world, and how that character negotiates these different impulses, go a long way toward helping us understand his “other” half.

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REVIEW: Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

SYNOPSIS: New Old School Solar System Space Opera, as a solar system is brought to the brink of war by a secret that forces are willing to kill to keep.

MY RATING:

MY REVIEW
PROS: Excellent evocation of classic Space Opera; excellent action sequences, technology and extrapolation.
CONS: Some of the characterization and character beats feel a bit off.
VERDICT: A fun Solar System space opera that earns its 2011 Hugo nomination.
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