The Expanse by James S.A. Corey

The Expanse by James S.A. Corey is one of the 2020 Hugo Award finalists for Best Series.  It was previously a finalist in 2017, and an episode of the TV show won that year for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.  The first book in the series was a Best Novel finalist in 2012.  Daniel Abraham, who along with Ty Franck is behind the James S.A. Corey pseudonym, was a Best Novelette finalist in 2008.


  1. Leviathan Wakes (2011)
  2. Caliban’s War (2012)
  3. Abaddon’s Gate (2013)
  4. Cibola Burn (2014)
  5. Nemesis Games (2015)
  6. Babylon’s Ashes (2016)
  7. Persepolis Rising (2017)
  8. Tiamat’s Wrath (2019)

Short Fiction:

  • The Butcher of Anderson Station (2011)
  • Gods of Risk (2012)
  • “Drive”, originally published in the anthology Edge of Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan (Solaris, 2012)
  • The Churn (2014)
  • The Vital Abyss (2015)
  • Strange Dogs (2017)
  • “The Last Flight of the Cassandra”, published in The Expanse Roleplaying Game (Green Ronin, 2019)
  • Auberon (2019)

All of the above were published by Orbit except where indicated.  A ninth and final novel in the series is expected to be released later this year.  Unfortunately that means the series won’t be eligible next year after its completion.  (A previous Best Series finalist must have at least two additional works comprising at least 240,000 words since their last appearance.  Previous winners are permanently ineligible in future years.)

In addition to the TV series, I discovered there is a comic adaptation called The Expanse: Origins which delves into the backstories of the main characters.  Both a board game and a roleplaying game were created in collaboration with the authors as well.

I read the first three books and the first two short fiction pieces not long after release.  I have all the novels and at least one more of the short fiction ebooks.  I just haven’t gotten to them.  My partner has read all the books, and we’ve watched the TV show.  (I know I’ve spoiled myself for book 4.)  I was hoping to catch up when the series got nominated last time, but I got wrapped up with other series I hadn’t read at all.  Hopefully this is the year!

Have you read these?  Watch the show?  Played the games?  What did you think?

2020 Hugo Nominations

The nomination period for the 2020 Hugo Awards, the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer closed in the wee hours of Saturday morning (midnight on the US West Coast, 3 a.m. my time).  I received confirmation of the last change to my ballot at 2:30 p.m. on Friday giving me 12 and a half glorious hours to spare!  Not bad.  The finalists will be announced in early April, and the winners will be presented at CoNZealand on August 1st.  Here are my choices:

Best Novel

  • The Light Brigade, Kameron Hurley (Saga)
  • A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine (Tor)
  • Middlegame, Seanan McGuire ( Publishing)
  • The Raven Tower, Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix E. Harrow (Redhook)

Best Novella

  • In an Absent Dream, Seanan McGuire ( Publishing)
  • “New Atlantis”, Lavie Tidhar (Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/Jun 2019)
  • To Be Taught, If Fortunate, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager)
  • “Waterlines”, Suzanne Palmer (Asimov’s, Jul/Aug 2019)
  • “The Work of Wolves”, Tegan Moore (Asimov’s, Jul/Aug 2019)

Best Novelette

Best Short Story

Best Series

  • The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson; “A Fire Within the Ways”, Unfettered III: New Tales by Masters of Fantasy (Grim Oak)
  • Wild Cards, George R.R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass; “Naked, Stoned, and Stabbed”, Bradley Denton (, 16 Oct 2019)

Best Related Work

  • Apollo 11 in Real Time, Ben Feist (
  • Lost Transmissions: The Secret History of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Desirina Boskovich (Abrams)
  • Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror & Speculative Fiction, Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson (Quirk)
  • The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein, Farah Mendlesohn (Unbound)
  • Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, Arwen Curry (Grasshopper Film)

Best Graphic Story or Comic

  • The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel, Margaret Atwood and Renée Nault (Nan A. Talese)
  • Invisible Kingdom, Vol. 1: Walking the Path, G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward (Berger)
  • LaGuardia, Nnedi Okorafor and Tanna Ford (Berger)
  • The Seventh Voyage, Stanislaw Lem and Jon J Muth (Graphix)
  • Starport, George R.R. Martin and Raya Golden (Bantam)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  • Carnival Row, Season 1 (Prime)
  • Good Omens (Prime)
  • His Dark Materials, Season 1 (HBO)
  • Orphan Black: The Next Chapter (Serial Box)
  • Prospect (Gunpowder & Sky)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • The Expanse, “Cibola Burn” (Prime)
  • Game of Thrones, “The Iron Throne” (HBO)
  • The Magicians, “No Better to Be Safe Than Sorry” (Syfy)
  • Star Trek: Discovery, “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2” (CBS)
  • The Witcher, “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials” (Netflix)

Best Editor, Short Form

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Ellen Datlow
  • C.C. Finlay
  • Jason Sizemore

Best Editor, Long Form

  • Nivia Evans
  • Will Hinton
  • Priyanka Krishnan
  • Joe Monti
  • Devi Pillai

Best Professional Artist

  • John Howe, illustrations for A Song of Ice and Fire 2020 Calendar
  • Miranda Meeks, cover art for The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale
  • Tran Nguyen, cover art for The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson
  • Magali Villeneuve, interior art for Assassin’s Apprentice, 25th Anniversary Illustrated Edition by Robin Hobb
  • Alyssa Winans, cover art for Desdemona and the Deep by C.S.E. Cooney

Best Semiprozine

Best Fanzine

Best Fancast

Best Fan Writer

Best Fan Artist

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book

  • Catfishing on CatNet, Naomi Kritzer (Tor Teen)
  • Dragon Pearl, Yoon Ha Lee (Disney Hyperion)
  • The Everlasting Rose, Dhonielle Clayton (Freeform)
  • Riverland, Fran Wilde (Amulet)
  • The Wicked King, Holly Black (Little, Brown)

Astounding Award for Best New Writer


What were your favorites from 2019?