From a New York Times bestselling and Hugo award-winning author comes a modern masterwork of science fiction, introducing a captain, his crew, and a detective as they unravel a horrifying solar system wide conspiracy that begins with a single missing girl. 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.
"Interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written." -George R. R. Martin
A hundred and fifty years before, when the parochial disagreements between Earth and Mars had been on the verge of war, the Belt had been a far horizon of tremendous mineral wealth beyond viable econo...
James S.A. Corey is the pen name of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. They both live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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James S.A. Corey's 'Expanse' series, starting with Leviathan Wakes, is a perfect Space Opera. It melds hard Sci-fi concepts (long-distance space travel, gravity, etc.) with strong characterisations and an engaging, malevolent, extra-galactic threat in the form of the insidious 'protomolecule'. I genuinely found myself interested in and rooting for the main characters, sympathetic to their situation and often heart-breaking back-stories.
There is a lot of valid commentary here on the interplay between 'the little guy, governments and mega-corporations. There is both moral 'heft' and also a damn fine yarn in these books.
Extremely good world building\sience