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SyFy Channel to air 'Game of Thrones in space' based on 'The Expanse' novels

Earth and moon
Earth and moon

In a story that ran on Friday, Entertainment Weekly announced that the SyFy Channel will produce and air a space adventure series based on “The Expanse” series written by James S.A. Corey. The series will run for its first season for 10 episodes. It has been described as “Game of Thrones” in space, not so much for the story line but for the epic scope.

The series, which begins with the novel “Leviathan Awakes,” is set 200 years in the future when humankind has colonized the Solar System. The book is both a space opera and a crime novel of sorts. It has been described thus:

“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.”

The series represents a return to the SyFy channel of the space adventure genre that was largely abandoned with the end of its reimaging of “Battlestar Galactica.” It will be written by Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby and produced by the Alcon Television Group. There is no word yet in air dates, however.

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