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    Re: The Expanse - best hard sci fi show in years!!

    Cool, is that April date when we can see it on Netflix?

    I wonder how many other Elite Dangerous players called their Corvette class ship "Rocinante"

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    Re: The Expanse - best hard sci fi show in years!!

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    Cool, is that April date when we can see it on Netflix?

    I wonder how many other Elite Dangerous players called their Corvette class ship "Rocinante"
    I assume so,unless they do the whole staggered release thing,which I never quite understood.

    The trailer finally show what the Razorback looks like!



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    Re: The Expanse - best hard sci fi show in years!!

    Yeah, a week or so back, Next Episode started giving series three a one month countdown.

    Just re-watching series one and two in preparation.
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    Re: The Expanse - best hard sci fi show in years!!

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    I wonder how many other Elite Dangerous players called their Corvette class ship "Rocinante"
    I wonder how many people even get the reference, which as I recall is made explicit in the books but certainly isn't explained in the tv shows. /literary snob

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    Re: The Expanse - best hard sci fi show in years!!

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    I wonder how many other Elite Dangerous players called their Corvette class ship "Rocinante"
    I have to admit I have called my ship in Elite Rocinante but I did that as soon as I saw Season 1.

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    Re: The Expanse - best hard sci fi show in years!!

    Quote Originally Posted by wazzickle View Post
    I wonder how many people even get the reference, which as I recall is made explicit in the books but certainly isn't explained in the tv shows. /literary snob
    I admit I only realised the Rocinante was a Corvette when I got my shiny new Elite Corvette and googled to check the spelling and read up about it. I was just thinking it was a good name for a long pointy gunship

    Probably a lot of Dark Matter fans out there called their new Chieftain ship "Raza" as there is just too much resemblance there also. Dark Matter is my current SciFi fix whilst waiting for Expanse to turn up.

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    Re: The Expanse - best hard sci fi show in years!!

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    I wonder how many other Elite Dangerous players called their Corvette class ship "Rocinante"
    Nah, too cheesy and obvious.
    I called mine the Casanvar, after the actor who plays Alex Kamal, pilot of the Roci and the source for my usual forum sig.

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    Re: The Expanse - best hard sci fi show in years!!

    BTW,if you have not read the books,the reason the Canterbury is so massive by the standards of the universe as it was a colony ship,but converted to haul ice instead.


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    Re: The Expanse - best hard sci fi show in years!!

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    BTW,if you have not read the books,the reason the Canterbury is so massive by the standards of the universe as it was a colony ship,but converted to haul ice instead.
    Did you find the books worth reading then? I read the reviews, they weren't all that positive so figured I would just watch the show. Opposite of how Altered Carbon worked out

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    Re: The Expanse - best hard sci fi show in years!!

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    Did you find the books worth reading then? I read the reviews, they weren't all that positive so figured I would just watch the show. Opposite of how Altered Carbon worked out
    I got into the show then read the books and the quality is variable but I think the first couple are the best. Each chapter is written from a characters POV (like Game Of Thrones,) and I think they begin to add too many characters to keep track/make use of as time goes on. The author is actually 2 authors who write different characters chapters so the differences in style become more jarring too.

    That said, the latest one isn't bad, they moved the time period on quite a way and cut down the character list so maybe they've responded to feedback. They're all worth a read IMO.

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    Re: The Expanse - best hard sci fi show in years!!

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    Did you find the books worth reading then? I read the reviews, they weren't all that positive so figured I would just watch the show. Opposite of how Altered Carbon worked out
    Only really started with the first one,but friends who read most of them,didn't think they were that bad.

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    Looking forward to this. I binged through series 1 & 2 when C5th put it up...
    Totally agree with TTaskmaster though. It would be fascinating without the blue mcguffin, as a way to explore a society.
    Its becomes more important as time progresses.


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    Re: The Expanse - best hard sci fi show in years!!

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    I assume so,unless they do the whole staggered release thing,which I never quite understood.

    The trailer finally show what the Razorback looks like!

    Staggered release has been so that SyFy (who fund the series and operate a normal TV schedule,) don't lose out by it appearing elsewhere before they finish showing it.

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    Re: The Expanse - best hard sci fi show in years!!

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    Did you find the books worth reading then? I read the reviews, they weren't all that positive so figured I would just watch the show. Opposite of how Altered Carbon worked out
    It's certainly not Ian Banks grade.

    It's a Space Opera thing, very easy to read, I enjoyed it. The writing style, whilst variable (it's two people iirc?) is mostly good and has some wonderfully descriptive parts. Myself I liked the whole jumping between characters that would then have their paths overlap later on. But it's a preference.
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    Re: The Expanse - best hard sci fi show in years!!

    The show looks amazing and I had high hopes.
    For me though, I've really struggled to follow what was going on at times. I'm part way through season 2 now, hoping that it will click into place soon!

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    Re: The Expanse - best hard sci fi show in years!!

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAnimus View Post
    It's certainly not Ian Banks grade.

    It's a Space Opera thing, very easy to read, I enjoyed it. The writing style, whilst variable (it's two people iirc?) is mostly good and has some wonderfully descriptive parts. Myself I liked the whole jumping between characters that would then have their paths overlap later on. But it's a preference.
    Even though they're in the same narrow category of sci-fi, there's probably not very much overlap in terms of Ian Banks and these guys - the writing style and narrative arcs are massively different, it may be correct that from a value point of view it's of a lower grade than Ian Banks but these aren't trying to be high literature in the same way the Game of Thrones books aren't meant to be high literature.

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    Re: The Expanse - best hard sci fi show in years!!

    Yeah I think that's why I like the phrase space opera.

    I wouldn't call it hard sci fi. It's just most for screen sci fi is just very soft/easy.
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