“The Vital Abyss” by James S.A. Corey is a novella set in the world of “The Expanse” series. The story takes place between the events of books five and six and follows a group of scientists and engineers who are part of a research project being conducted in the depths of an asteroid. The project is meant to study the protomolecule, a powerful and mysterious substance that has caused chaos and destruction throughout the series.
As the researchers delve deeper into their work, they begin to experience strange and unsettling events. The team becomes increasingly isolated and mistrustful of one another, and it becomes clear that something is not right with the project. The novella shifts between the perspectives of different characters, slowly revealing the secrets and betrayals that are at the heart of the story.
Through “The Vital Abyss,” James S.A. Corey continues to explore the complex and fascinating world of “The Expanse,” bringing new insight and depth to the series. The novella offers a glimpse into the workings of the protomolecule and the darker aspects of human nature, while also adding depth to the larger narrative of the series. Overall, “The Vital Abyss” is a compelling and thought-provoking addition to the “Expanse” universe.
The Vital Abyss
- An Expanse Novella
- Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
Hugo Award Winner for Best Series
A novel set in the hard-to-decipher world of James S. A. Corey’s NYT best-selling Expanse series, The Vital Abyss is the secret history of the catastrophic events that befell the Eros station and reveal about what happens then… Now the original Prime Series.
Somewhere in the vast expanse of space, a group of prisoners live in perpetual captivity.
The only company they have is each other and the Belters protecting them. The only stories they know are the victories and crimes that got them there. The only future they see is an empty life in a large room.
And then the man from Mars appeared…
This story definitely shows the depravity and depth that a murderer or psychopath would reach and not even understand whatever they did was wrong, just necessary. It’s well written and it’s interesting how it shifts perspective from the present to the past and vice versa.
Here are some of the brightest and best minds, but there are also minds that have had their filters and regrets removed. It starts to make you understand how such a thing could happen if we had such expertise.
I’ve always wondered how scientists from Protogen were able to do what they did. People are often not cold and hard to understand the truth, especially if you have many other people working on the same thing. While knowing that each of them had undergone some form of spiritual caesarean section, certainly explains why it happened the way it did.
The authors have done a remarkable job of commenting on human nature and how it affects us, or not, as the case may be. It all starts with an entrepreneur with a sense of right and wrong, and once the first one is ‘treated’, it becomes a lot easier to have a whole company run the same way soon after.
Hopefully we as a society will never let this happen, but sadly I think it most likely will. I can only hope that it won’t be so common or damaging when it happens and someone somewhere finds a way to stop it.
This short story really sheds some light on how the initial discovery of the proto-molecule came about and what happened to the brains of the Protogen researchers. It helps a lot in understanding the story.
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