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(The Expanse #2.6)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  5,781 ratings  ·  415 reviews
Read "Drive", a Prequel to The Expanse series.

The Expanse, premiering in December 2015 on Syfy, is based on The New York Times best selling book series by James S.A. Corey. Set two hundred years in the future, where man has colonized the outer asteroid belt, The Expanse follows the case of a missing girl that brings together a hardened detective and a rogue ship captain in
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Published November 27th 2012
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Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Geez, Solomon. You’d have to be nuts to do a solo space flight testing that experimental engine you developed.”

“Hold my beer.”

This is a free short story set in the The Expanse series that tells us about how a Martian engineer named Solomon Epstein developed the drive system used by all the space ships. That sounds like it’d just be nerd bait for the kind of hardcore fans who look for schematics of fictional starships on the interwebs, but this actually has a couple of really solid hooks that ma
May 01, 2020 rated it liked it

3.5/5 stars

Drive is a great short story about Solomon Epstein and the invention of Epstein’s Drive.

Epstein’s Drive, despite its lack of discussion in the main series, is a very important foundation in The Expanse universe. I mean, it’s pretty much what allows the possibility of space travel in the series, and unlike Gods of Risk, which in my opinion was just awfully boring, Drive was more or less up to the standard of storytelling provided in The Butcher of Anderson Station short stor
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very nice short work. The man that started it all with the Epstein drive.

He met her ten years before. The research center at Dhanbad Nova was one of the largest on Mars. Three generations after the first colonists dug into the rock and soil of humanity’s second home, progress had pushed the envelope of human science, understanding, and culture so far that the underground city could support five bars, even if one of them was the alcohol-free honky-tonk where the Jainists and born-again Christians
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it

This IS *almost* the exact same story that was aired on the second season of Expanse about the discovery of the ever-burning propulsion drive. :)

Without it, too much handwavium occurs.

Thank you, guys. :) Poignant and sweet and scary in 30 pages. :)
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a companion short story for the book series and was actually part of an episode in the TV show as well. Therefore, I already knew what would happen but the writing style is nevertheless superb and I found myself on the edge of my seat, completely forgetting that I already knew how this would end. *lol*

The story is about how a certain drive technology, the ever-burning propulsion drive used in the space ships we know from the books, was discovered. Without the discovery of this kind of dr
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nice little story about the creator of the Epstain Drive. Lots of feelings and a bit lyrical writing. For the fans a nice addition, for the rest not so much.
Tudor Vlad
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I actually read this last year but never added it to Goodreads. Seeing as today's episode of The Expanse is going to adapt this short story made it feel like a good moment to do so.
I was initially considering to give this a 5 star rating because even if short, and telling a story that is already (part of it) present in the main series, that ending made me cheer for a future I know I'll probably never see.
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Wow. RTC
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A relatively short prequel to James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse series.

This was a reread. Because I will start with the main series pretty soon. For real, this time.

The MC is a Martian colonist, who considers himself a Martian, actually. It’s unclear how much time exactly has passed since humans colonized Mars. But Solomon was born on Mars and calls it his home. He's part of the third generation of humans born on Mars, I think. So, comparatively speaking, the colony is still in its early stages and
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a free short story, marketed as a "prequel" to the Expanse. It is available here:

As a prequel, I don't really find this very useful. It gives a bit of background on the Earth and Mars division and the creation Epstein drive. If this is meant for people unfamiliar with the series, this won't really give them much of a background.

However for fans of the series already, this offers some nice little tidbits of world building.

Overall this is well written
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very short story from the Expanse series (located here) detailing Solomon Epstein's invention of the Epstein drive, which by the time of the first novel of the series, Leviathan Wakes, has allowed full colonization of the solar system.

Solomon's story is recapped in brief in LW (view spoiler), but reading more details of his experience is tragic, a shot of pa
César Bustíos
"He could go to the Jovian system and be the first person to walk on Europa and Ganymede. He isn’t going to, though. That’s going to be someone else. But when they get there, they will be carried by his drive."

Much better than the previous novella. This is the story of the Epstein drive, the end of Solomon and the beginning of Solar System colonization beyond Mars.
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
"He’s sorry that he won’t be able to see Caitlin one more time. To tell her goodbye and that he loves her. He’s sorry he won’t get to see the consequences of his [space ship] drive. Even through the screaming pain, a calmness and euphoria start to wash over him. It’s always been like this, he thinks. From when Moses saw the promised land that he could never enter, people have been on their deathbeds just wanting to see what happens next. He wonders if that’s what makes the promised land holy: th ...more
Kevin Kelsey
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Terrific and tragic short story set in The Expanse universe about Solomon Epstein's invention of the Epstein drive.
Karen’s Library
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Good short story about the invention of the Epstein drive.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
5 Stars

What an amazing novella that really kicks off this amazing series. I loved it.
Quintin Zimmermann
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
The prequel to The Expanse series where Solomon Epstein single-handedly developed the Epstein Drive which revolutionised space travel for mankind.

This is juxtaposed with the brewing conflict between Earth and Mars that ultimately plays out in Leviathan Wakes.

A quick perspective of the man behind the Drive with all his hopes and dreams.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't say one bad thing about The Expanse series, and this prequel is no exception.

Drive is an excellent short story about Solomon Epstein, and his development of the Epstein Drive. The drive that was pivotal in the colonization of the solar system. The story flips between the past and present. The past being Epstein's memories, his hopes and dreams, and his love for his wife, and the present... he's testing his new drive and is hurtling through space at unimaginable speeds. And its going to k
Donna Backshall
I loved this. All of this. Especially this:

“No, sweetie. I’m not angry,” she said gently. “Angry is yelling. This is resentful, and it’s because you’re cutting me out from the fun parts. Really, I look at you, and see the happiness and the excitement, and I want to be part of that. I want to jump up and down and wave my arms and talk about how great it all is. But that money was our safety net. You’re ignoring the fact that you spent our safety net, and if we both ignore it, the first time somet
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, ebook, syfy, fiction
This is a short one - only 30 pages, but it's a good read. Drive tells the story of Solomon Epstein, the creator of the aptly named "Epstein Drive", the engine that allows humanity to explore the solar system.

If you're a big fan of The Expanse series and are hungry for more material, this is for you. However, I wouldn't say this is at all necessary in regards to the full scope of the series. Interesting and tragic nonetheless.
This is a short story in the Expanse series that tells the story of Solomon Epstein, and the origins of the Epstein drive.

Well, it's interesting backstory, but not much else. The writing is the same, meaning good, but the story itself isn't much to look at. It isn't bad per se, just not very thrilling or exciting. It's really short though, so I'd recommend reading it just to learn a little history.

3.5 stars.
Scott  Hitchcock
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: expanse, sci-fi

I love how DA, Corey if you must, does his usual character building here in the sci-fi/SO genre. The story was well executed for one so short. Nice primer for the main series.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Sigh, I understand I'm being picky but these so-called novellas are really short stories. I'm mean if you're going to hit the series' fans with digital only stories, the fans deserve a little more for the money.

Now, despite the above this, I think, the best of the bunch so far. In a very brief piece the reader gets an opportunity to get to know the inventor of the Epstein Drive, and some of those around him. The ending is easy to figure out from page one, but that shouldn't derail most readers f
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a prequel short story for The Expanse series and TV show. I read the first section of this a few months back but didn't get to finish it. Then, this story line was included as a flashback in the latest episode of The Expanse TV show. Good time to finish it off.

Not bad although I find it hard to believe that such a brilliant engineer could be so far off with his theoretical calculations.
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a short prequel to the Expanse series, available for free on the SyFy's Expanse site.

This is the story of the event that made the world of the series possible - discovery of Epstain drive which enabled the colonization of the Solar system. While we were told this story before in the novels, this time it was told by Solomon Epstein himself. The story alternates between his memories of meeting his wife and the fated flight that changed the history. Short and on point with one of the most
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A free Prequel

The story revolves around Solomon and his work as a Engine engineer. His work is about "paradigm-shiftingly" a word he makes up one night in a Mar's bar to explain the need to make their work better than Earths. Their technology is better than Earths but they have to make it beyond what Earth can. Its important that they build it superior!

A fun and quick read!
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
A superb back-story to the creation of the key technology from The Expanse series. The author has written back-stories to most of the main characters, and each of them is wonderful and insightful. A must-read if you love The Expanse.
I've finally started catching up on all The Expanse short fiction in preparation for Cibola Burn: this is the first one, a lil short story covering the invention of the Epstein Drive (although it took me a bit to remember its name and therefore place the context for the story while I was reading it). It's a nice little vignette from life on Mars, dipping into the life of Solomon Epstein, hopping back and forth chronologically with a far more tragic context than I ever would've guessed. It's surp ...more
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an impulsive guy, that Epstein
Sebastian H
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A foundational fear may be defined as a fear-of-x that defines yourself, and your attitude, towards your surroundings. It is not a phobia, nor a mental ailment. It is as much part of your being as your wishes and desires. It can even be construed as the flip-side of your desires: for example, the fear of loss that inevitably accompanies the desire for something or someone.

One of the foundational fears of my life is not being able to witness the technological advancements of my era. Virtual reali
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