A new Expanse novella is coming in December, and will coincide with the release of the show’s fourth season. The Expanse book series is currently on-going, with plans for nine novels in the series. S.A. Corey (the pen name for co-authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) have released a number other short stories and novellas over the years. These shorter works of fiction are typically published as ebooks. They are meant to flesh out the many characters, and universes of the Expanse.
There are eight other short stories and novellas that fill in the gaps between Expanse novels. Among these are the novellas The Butcher of Anderson Station, Gods of Risk, The Churn, The Vital Abyss and Strange Dogs. Most of the novellas are 75 pages or less, with the short stories Drive and The Last Flight of the Cassandra numbering at less than 10 pages each.
The New Expanse Novella Will Take Place After Persepolis Rising
According to the publisher, the newest entry – Auberon – will take place canonically between books seven and eight. The eighth novel in the series – Tiamet’s Wrath – came out in March of this year. It will likely be a couple of years before the ninth (and final) Expanse novel comes out. But in the meantime, fans will have a new novella, and a new season of the show to look forward to.
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The official synopsis from Orbit gives fans an idea of what to expect from this novella.
Auberon is one of the first and most important colony worlds in humanity’s reach, and the new conquering faction has come to claim it. Governor Rittenaur has come to bring civilization and order to the far outpost and guarantee the wealth and power of the Empire.
But Auberon already has its own history, a complex culture, and a criminal kingpin named Erich with very different plans. In a world of deceit, violence, and corruption, the greatest danger Rittenaur faces is love.
The Fourth Season of The Expanse Will Also Debut In December
The release of Auberon will coincide with the long-awaited premiere on Amazon of the fourth season of the show. Despite critical acclaim and a devoted fanbase, Syfy cancelled the television adaptation of The Expanse in May of 2018. The fan backlash to this decision was immediate. However, a successful fan petition convinced Amazon to secure the rights to the series. Fans have waited over a year for the new season of the adaptation. Amazon Prime will answer their prayers when all 10 episodes drop on December 13.
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The cast of the show also recently appeared at New York Comic-Con. There they expressed their gratitude to the dedicated fans, and to Amazon. They also previewed a trailer for the new season. This teaser shows a glimpse of the new worlds that the crew of the Rocinante will visit in season four. The new season is based on the fourth Expanse novel – Cibola Burn. It promises new characters and adventures, as the crew of the Rocinante embarks on a journey to explore the worlds accessible via the newly discovered space portals.
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