This month we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, where the first humans in history stepped foot on the Moon. The first steps a human took on a celestial body other than the Earth. For all of known history, we have looked to the stars and wondered what was out there. Today, we know more than we ever have about the worlds beyond our own, but that has does nothing to stop people’s imaginations from filling in the blanks. Tiamat’s Wrath is the latest novel in James S. A. Corey’s ground-breaking science fiction series, The Expanse. Beginning in 2011 with Leviathan Wakes, these books have taken a realistic approach to fictional space travel, using the technology of today to extrapolate and imagine what space exploration may look like in the future. It is not an exaggeration to say that The Expanse is one of the greatest works of modern science-fiction.
Humanity has always been fascinated with outer space. As long as people have looked to the sky, we have imagined what life would like up in the black, bouncing from star to star. Even before a man-made object first left atmosphere, stories were written about aliens coming down from the sky. With the advent of space travel, stories have leaned towards humans leaving Earth and meeting the aliens on their home turf. For the most part, these stories all portray extraterrestrial life in similar fashions. They are older, wiser, more technologically advanced than humans. Many wish to impart their knowledge down to us, to elevate humanity. The Expanse series does no such thing. Alien life is long gone, but their inventions and structures remain, hidden on far off planets, waiting to wake up and pick up where they left off.
Welcome back to City on the Moon for the fifth and final part of my 2017 reading list, where I’ve been going over every book I read this year, not including Artemis and The Wrong Stars, my first two reviews. Part 4 featured Minecraft: The Island by Max Brooks, Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made by Jason Schreier, Red vs. Blue: The Ultimate Fan Guide from Rooster Teeth, and Go Nitro: Rise of the Blades by Jeremy Dooley. Today’s list is a bit of a departure in that all six books are part of one series, a science-fiction story where realistic space travel meets alien technology.