"The Expanse" offers a realistic depiction of space colonization – Axios

Posted: March 31, 2021 at 5:29 am

A series of novels that have been turned into a TV show offers one of the most realistic visions of what the colonization of space might actually be like.

Why you should read and watch: "The Expanse" imagines a future where human beings have moved into space without growing much beyond the often unjust political and economic systems of today.

How it works: Set in the 24th century, when humanity has managed to colonize Mars and part of the asteroid belt, "The Expanse" views space not as the final frontier, but as merely the latest backdrop for age-old geopolitical struggles albeit without the "geo."

Context: "The Expanse" is an example of "hard sci-fi," meaning it largely operates under the constraints of science as we know it.

Analog for "Star Trek" fans: The 1990s series "Deep Space Nine."

Yes, but: Still fun!

The bottom line: Do read the books and watch the show.

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