A novella set in the hard-scrabble world of James S. A. Corey's NYT-bestselling Expanse series, The Vital Abyss is the secret history of the cataclysmic events that occurred on Eros station, and the revelation of what came after... Now a Prime Original series.
Somewhere in the vast expanse of space, a group of prisoners lives in permanent captivity.
The only company they have is each other and the Belters who guard them. The only stories they know are the triumphs and crimes that brought them there. The only future they see is an empty life in an enormous room.
And then the man from Mars came along . . .
The ExpanseLeviathan WakesCaliban's WarAbaddon's GateCibola BurnNemesis GamesBabylon's AshesPersepolis RisingTiamat's Wrath
The Expanse Short Fiction The Butcher of Anderson StationGods of RiskThe ChurnThe Vital AbyssStrange Dogs
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Side Story of a Thoth Station Researcher
This Expanse Novella tells the story of Dr. Cortazar, who was one of the Protogen researchers on Thoth Station. The novella tells the back story of his rise from a life of basic income on Earth, to go to University in Tel Aviv and eventually become one of the researchers who were overseeing the release of the protomolecule on Eros Station.
This was an interesting if bleak look into one of the darker parts of the Expanse story. It does explain how a person can choose to loose their conscience in a series of steps that lead to doing monstrous things in the name of science. It tells what happens to a brilliant but broken mind that totally lacks empathy and concern after everything falls apart.