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James S. A. Corey

Author of Leviathan Wakes

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About the Author

James S.A. Corey is the pen name for a collaboration between Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. James is Daniel's middle name, Corey is Ty's middle name, and S.A. are Daniel's daughter's initials. James' current project is a series of science fiction novels called The Expanse Series. They are also the show more authors of Honor Among Thieves: Star Wars (Empire and Rebellion). (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

James S. A. Corey is a pen name used by a pair of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck writing together. Do not combine with either of them writing alone, and do not add their names here as "other names".

Image credit: Ty Franck (left) and Daniel Abraham (right), together forming James S.A. Corey, at Borderlands Books in San Francisco, June 21, 2014 - by Elf


Works by James S. A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes (2015) 7,293 copies
Caliban's War (2015) 4,136 copies
Abaddon's Gate (2013) 3,436 copies
Cibola Burn (2014) 2,837 copies
Nemesis Games (2016) 2,447 copies
Babylon's Ashes (2016) 2,232 copies
Persepolis Rising (2018) 1,977 copies
Tiamat's Wrath (2019) 1,718 copies
Leviathan Falls (2021) 1,144 copies
Gods of Risk (2012) 600 copies
The Vital Abyss (2015) 492 copies
Memory's Legion (2022) 446 copies
The Churn (2014) 411 copies
Strange Dogs (2017) 376 copies
Drive (2012) 250 copies
Auberon (2019) 189 copies
The Expanse: Origins (2018) 116 copies
The Sins of Our Fathers (2022) 92 copies
How It Unfolds (2023) 74 copies
Leviathan Wakes, Part 1 (2013) 16 copies
Das Protomolekül (2024) 2 copies
Leviathan Wakes, Part 2 (2013) 2 copies
The Expanse 1 copy

Associated Works

Edge of Infinity (2012) — Contributor — 225 copies
Old Mars (2015) — Contributor — 195 copies
Meeting Infinity (2015) — Contributor — 80 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 65 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 6 (2021) — Contributor — 42 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 37 • June 2013 (2013) — Contributor — 18 copies
Avatars Inc (2020) — Contributor — 13 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 80 • January 2017 (2016) — Contributor — 8 copies
Relics, Wrecks and Ruins (2021) — Contributor — 7 copies
The Paulandstormonomicon — Contributor — 2 copies


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Disambiguation notice
James S. A. Corey is a pen name used by a pair of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck writing together. Do not combine with either of them writing alone, and do not add their names here as "other names".



Jeff's 2019 Reads in The Green Dragon (April 2021)


Totally a shame isn't in book 2.
darkwave1062 | 357 other reviews | Apr 13, 2024 |
Humanity has finally gone through a gate and settled on the first world in another solar system, but the settlers are being classed as illegal squatters by the corporation that believes the planet to be legally there's.   So when the corporation ship turns up with the intention of taking everything away from the settlers, the settlers have a surprise waiting for them and all hell breaks loose.

Avasaralla thinks it'll be a great idea to send Holden to mediate and sort things out, because she thinks Holden will make such a disaster of it that it'll scare everyone back in Sol system away from leaving for other new worlds.

And on top of all this, or maybe because of all this, the planet is waking up from its billion year slumber.

While that all sounds really good, which it is, the telling of this story just drags on and on and on and on.   This book would have been way, way better if it had lost a few hundred pages.   And on top of all that, it's a really depressing story from beginning to end, showing up Homo sapiens at their very worse.

It was so tedious i kept on having to take breaks and read three whole books just to break this up into manageable chunks of depressive dragging on.

Let's hope the next one, Nemesis Games, is better, eh?
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5t4n5 | 118 other reviews | Apr 4, 2024 |
(5 Stars)

I can't express how much I really love this series. I watched the televised series and started reading the books after, and both are excellent! This second full book is a great follow-up to Leviathan Wakes. It grows the characters and even introduces some new ones. The characters have depth, personality, and are consistent. The descriptions are vivid, imaginative, and plausible.

If you like space opera, hard science fiction, or even space-based action/adventure you should love this book. Don't let the number of pages scare you, and don't be overwhelmed by the number of books out there. This series is paced perfectly, so there are no boring "filler" parts, and the events are memorable and unique enough that you don't get confused about overlapping sequences or disconnected backstories. It is all handled perfectly.
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philibin | 180 other reviews | Mar 25, 2024 |
I bought this science fiction novel, and its sequels, on the basis of having watched the first season of the television series The Expanse, which covers about half of the action of this book.

It’s always interesting to consider the differences between a novel and a movie or television series based on that novel. A novel, of course, has the leisure to deal in much more detail, and to fill in elements of back-story which even a lengthy television series can’t fit in. On the other hand, of course, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’, and a visualisation can give us new insights.

I did find it worthwhile to read the novel, however, as it clarified a good deal which I had found very obscure in the television series. (Partly my difficulty with understanding the television version is down to the fact that the version I watched came without any subtitles, on which I have grown to depend because of poor hearing).

This is solid ‘hard’ science fiction, dealing with the expansion of humanity into the solar system and the colonisation of Mars and the Asteroid Belt (and a few of the outer moons of Jupiter and Saturn). A good deal of the interest is in the depiction of the political tensions between Earth, Mars, and the Belt (whose ‘capital’ is the dwarf planet Ceres).

It begins as a mystery story, complete with an updated gumshoe-detective in the form of the Ceres-based Detective Miller, who is tasked with locating Julie Mao, the missing daughter of a wealthy family. Tied in with this is a parallel story following the remaining crew of the Canterbury, an ice-hauler ship which is destroyed in an ambush by mysterious forces after investigating an emergency beacon on an abandoned spaceship—as it eventually turns out, the ship on which Julie Mao had been travelling.

All the various strands eventually come together to reveal a uniquely existential threat for humanity, several billion years in the making.

Space opera, perhaps, but very engaging. I’m looking forward to reading the sequels in the series to see where it all goes.
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davidrgrigg | 357 other reviews | Mar 23, 2024 |



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