Lizard Brain is a shared blog about Science Fiction and Fantasy from Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.

Tim Bradstreet is a God.

by Daniel Abraham

I got permission from your friends and mine at Alcon to share a little something pretty.  Check it out…

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The End of the Story

by Daniel Abraham

I’ve just sent in the last changes to The Spider’s War, the last book of The Dagger and the Coin. All in all, it’s about 700,000 words to finish the story I began with an apostate priest being hunted through the mountains.

I started the project with a couple of goals in mind: I wanted to understand what epic fantasy was, and I wanted to make one that scratched all my personal itches. To aim for the first, I called a meeting with some of the best minds I knew. Seven — almost eight — years ago, I went to Melinda Snodgrass’s house outside Santa Fe and spent the day with George RR Martin, Walter Jon Williams, S. M. Stirling, Ty Franck, Ian Tregillis among others talking about what fantasy is, how it works, what its history is, speculating on its future. Then a few weeks later, a group met at my house to break the whole five-book series. Some characters who I thought I wanted were left behind in that process. The arc of the whole story was put in place. Critical scenes in the third book and the fifth were talked through. And then I started writing.

The Dagger and the CoinA lot of things have happened since then. Not all of the people I began this with are still around now. The circumstances of my life have shifted, as any seven years will do. I heard once that the myth of breaking a mirror being seven years bad luck was because we get new souls every seven years. I assume that’s a metaphor, and I see what it’s a metaphor of.

I will not be spending any more time with Cithrin bel Sarcour or Marcus Wester. Yardem Hane or Master Kit. Gender Palliako. Clara Kalliam. They’ve done everything I asked them to do, and often better than I’d hoped. I’ve finished two epic fantasies now. The Long Price Quartet and The Dagger and the Coin are, for the moment at least, my argument about the nature of epic fantasy — what is fantasy and what ‘epic’ means. I don’t think I could have said when I meant more concisely. Between the two series, I have written over a million words in this genre. I feel fairly pleased with what I’ve managed.

I don’t know what else I have to say about the genre for now, but I have some new projects I’m working on. I’ve also done a five book urban fantasy series, and I’m a little over half way through The Expanse, which promises to dwarf them all. It’s all delightful.

There’s a sadness in endings, and also a joy.

The Dagger and the Coin is ended. And I am pleased to say, I think it’s ended well.

I’ll start something new tomorrow…


A couple things

by Daniel Abraham

First off, we’re doing an AMA over at around 2:00 Pacific/5:00 Eastern. Y’all should stop by if you’re of a mind.

Second: Blogs, right? Kinda not doing much with this one. Should think about putting this thing back in rotation.


The Dangerous World of TV Producing

by Ty Franck

Delivering notes to actors can be a dangerous job.  Acting is an emotional profession, and hearing that the choices you’ve made aren’t working can sometimes create tensions or hurt feelings.

Fortunately, on The Expanse we have trained professionals who take criticism with aplomb.

Giving a note to Dominic Tipper


That’s a wrap (and another thing)

by Daniel Abraham

The Expanse season one had it’s wrap party last night.  It was wonderful and exhausting and long and filled to the rafters with talented, dedicated, genuinely great people.  The presidents of Alcon TV and Syfy were both on hand, and a bunch of folks from the cast and crew.  I am now exhausted and delighted and ready to be home for a few days.

The Powers are still working out the premier date, so apart from 2015, I’ve got nothing new on that front, but I did get to hear a couple details about the promotion effort coming up that delight me.  That part should be fun too.

Also, and unrelated, for those who follow such things, our Star Wars novel is not [EDIT: Now.  Not not, now.  Jeez, typos…] out in mass market.


James S.A. Corey Appearance in Toronto, Canada on February 11th

by Pat Rogers

Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck are in Toronto, Canada working non-stop on THE EXPANSE TV SERIES.
On February 11, 2015 they will take an evening off from work to talk with fans about the upcoming TV show and sign books at BAKKA PHOENIX BOOKS.
Please join them, and be the first to get all the inside news and stories about the TV series, at 7pm on February 11, 2015 at Bakka Phoenix Books, 84 Harbord Street, Toronto, Canada.


TRAILER!!!!, or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

by Daniel Abraham

[EDIT: New link to non-region-locked version with better color correction]


So you want to see something cool?

A bunch the series regulars — Holden, Avasarala, Naomi, Amos, Alex — are in here, and (if you really pay attention) the first glimpse of the Rocinante in all her glory.

So. What did you think?

EDIT: Also check the OFFICIAL SYFY PAGE and follow ’em on Twitter @ExpanseSyfy


A Short Note on Expanse News

by Daniel Abraham

So here I am on the set of The Expanse in my nifty little chair with my name on it (actually, that’s not true — Ty’s in my chair, I’m in the chair of a fella at a much higher pay grade than mine, but he’s good with it).  It is, I feel comfortable saying, much cooler than I’d expected.  And I thought it’d be pretty cool.

We just had a comment on another thread complaining that Naomi Nagata has been cut from the show.  Now I’m assuming that comes from someone looking at the IMDB entry and seeing Dominique Tipper is only listed as being in one episode.  This is, of course, an error in IMDB and will eventually update to show that Miss Tipper will be with us throughout the season.  There are also some fan sites coming out that are being mistaken for official outlets to some confusion.

But with that in mind, I wanted to drop a note about how information about the show is coming out.

If we say it here on the blog, it’s probably true.  If Syfy says it, it’s pretty much certainly true. Anything you get from anyplace else, don’t sniff it.  You don’t know where it’s been.


Please Join James S.A. Corey in Lexington, KY on January 3, 2015

by Pat Rogers

Happy New Year!
Pat here. Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season and looking forward to an amazing 2015!
James S.A. Corey is starting 2015 off in fine form at The Bluegrass Writers Studio in Lexington, Kentucky, Saturday January 3, 2015. The Bluegrass Writers Studio, in association with Eastern Kentucky University, is hosting  several writing workshops for students in which Daniel and Ty are participating.
In conjunction with this event: James S.A. Corey will be doing a reading, which is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 5:30 pm in the Hilton Triple Crown Room located in The Downtown Lexington Hilton. 369 West Vine Street, Lexington, KY 40507. The web address is The Triple Crown Room is on the second floor, just to the left of the top of the escalator.
Please help James S.A. Corey start 2015 off right and join “him” on January 3rd at 5:30pm for this reading!
Hope to see you there!
All the best,
Pat Rogers


Introducing Pat!

by Daniel Abraham

So you know when a bad thing happens to a dear friend, and you have to be very solemn inside even though the way it came down actually makes your own life WAY WAY better?

So, a little after the fact, I need to offer my condolences to everyone over at George RR Martin’s office for the unfortunate loss of his minion, Pat.

And TOTALLY UNRELATED, I’d like to introduce James SA Corey’s new minion, Pat!

Y’all will be seeing more of her around in the weeks and years to come.  Please join me in a welcoming round of applause.   And no, she won’t tell you who ends up on the Iron Throne.  EVEN THOUGH SHE PROBABLY KNOWS.