by Jason Snell
“The Expanse” episode 1, free on iTunes
James S.A. Corey’s Expanse series is the best Sci-Fi book series I’ve read in the last five years. It’s been adapted into a TV series for SyFy, and the show premieres in December.
Set a couple of hundred years in the future, humanity has spread out into the Solar System. Earth and an independent Mars are nearly at war, and rebellion grows from the downtrodden in the asteroid belt and outer-planet colonies. Into this scene come a noirish detective (he’s even got a hat!) and a young officer on an outer-system ice hauling ship. Where the story goes will surprise you.
Last week the first episode was made available to watch for free on SyFy.com and YouTube. Today it’s been added to iTunes, too.
I’ve watched the first episode and it’s terrific. I highly recommend checking it out.