The Expanse Timeline

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The Expanse has recently entered public consciousness thanks to the arrival of the SyFy series, which has gone on to stand beside some of the greats, including Battlestar Galactica. This is the Expanse timeline and episode order.

What’s on the Expanse Timeline?


The Expanse timeline consists of all of the books written by James S. A. Corey, which is a pen name for novelists Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, who co-write the series. The books were picked up by SyFy as a television series, which has well-received so far. Though the series was cancelled after three seasons, it was later picked up by Amazon Studios to continue on their Prime streaming service.

You can also find a few short stories and novellas to flesh out the story, particularly a few that act as prequels to the main series. As with any of our timelines, please let us know if there’s something else we can do to improve upon what we have. We welcome all new feedback.

Where to Start the Expanse?

There are two logical places to start the Expanse. One is the first book, Leviathan Wakes. It, after all served as the beginning of the series. But if you’re not prone to extensive reading, the series is also a great place to start. It’s very well done, and covers the same time period as the books.

Of course, for those more familiar with the story, why not start chronologically? There are a few stories that take place before the main series and the show. As always, if you liked this timeline, be sure to check out some of our others, such as the Battlestar Galactica timeline.

#Get ItNameMediaAuthor/DirectorDateSeriesNotes
1DriveShort StoryJames S. A. Corey2012-11-27The ExpanseAlso available online.
2The ChurnNovellaJames S. A. Corey2014-04-29The Expanse
3The Butcher of Anderson StationShort StoryJames S. A. Corey2011-10-17The Expanse
4The Expanse: OriginsGraphic NovelHallie Lambert, Georgia Lee2018-02-07The Expanse
5Leviathan WakesNovelJames S. A. Corey2011-06-15The Expanse
6The Last Flight of the CassandraShort StoryJames S. A. Corey2019-05-14The Expanse
7The Expanse 1.01: DulcineaTV EpisodeTerry McDonough2015-12-14The Expanse
8The Expanse 1.02: The Big EmptyTV EpisodeTerry McDonough2015-12-15The Expanse
9The Expanse 1.03: Remember the CantTV EpisodeJeff Woolnough2015-12-22The Expanse
10The Expanse 1.04: CQBTV EpisodeJeff Woolnough2015-12-29The Expanse
11The Expanse 1.05: Back to the ButcherTV EpisodeRob Lieberman2016-01-05The Expanse
12The Expanse 1.06: Rock BottomTV EpisodeRob Lieberman2016-01-12The Expanse
13The Expanse 1.07: WindmillsTV EpisodeBill Johnson2016-01-19The Expanse
14The Expanse 1.08: SalvageTV EpisodeBill Johnson2016-01-26The Expanse
15The Expanse 1.09: Critical MassTV EpisodeTerry McDonough2016-02-02The Expanse
16The Expanse 1.10: Leviathan WakesTV EpisodeTerry McDonough2016-02-02The Expanse
17The Expanse 2.01: SafeTV EpisodeBreck Eisner2017-02-01The Expanse
18The Expanse 2.02: Doors & CornersTV EpisodeBreck Eisner2017-02-01The Expanse
19The Expanse 2.03: StaticTV EpisodeJeff Woolnough2017-02-08The Expanse
20The Expanse 2.04: GodspeedTV EpisodeJeff Woolnough2017-02-15The Expanse
21The Expanse 2.05: HomeTV EpisodeDavid Grossman2017-02-22The Expanse
22Caliban's WarNovelJames S. A. Corey2012-06-26The Expanse
23The Expanse 2.06: Paradigm ShiftTV EpisodeDavid Grossman2017-03-01The Expanse
24The Expanse 2.07: The Seventh ManTV EpisodeKenneth Fink2017-03-08The Expanse
25The Expanse 2.08: PyreTV EpisodeKenneth Fink2017-03-15The Expanse
26The Expanse 2.09: The Weeping SomnambulistTV EpisodeMikael Salomon2017-03-22The Expanse
27The Expanse 2.10: CascadeTV EpisodeMikael Salomon2017-03-29The Expanse
28The Expanse 2.11: Here There Be DragonsTV EpisodeRob Lieberman2017-04-05The Expanse
29The Expanse 2.12: The Monster and the RocketTV EpisodeRob Lieberman2017-04-12The Expanse
30The Expanse 2.13: Caliban's WarTV EpisodeThor Freudenthal2017-04-19The Expanse
31Gods of RiskNovellaJames S. A. Corey2012-09-15The Expanse
32The Expanse 3.01: Fight or FlightTV EpisodeBreck Eisner2018-04-11The Expanse
33The Expanse 3.02: IFFTV EpisodeBreck Eisner2018-04-18The Expanse
34The Expanse 3.03: Assured DestructionTV EpisodeThor Freudenthal2018-04-25The Expanse
35The Expanse 3.04: ReloadTV EpisodeThor Freudenthal2018-05-02The Expanse
36The Expanse 3.05: Triple PointTV EpisodeJeff Woolnough2018-05-09The Expanse
37The Expanse 3.06: ImmolationTV EpisodeJeff Woolnough2018-05-16The Expanse
38Abaddon's GateNovelJames S. A. Corey2013-06-04The Expanse
39The Expanse 3.07: Delta-VTV EpisodeKenneth Fink2018-05-23The Expanse
40The Expanse 3.08: It Reaches OutTV EpisodeKenneth Fink2018-05-30The Expanse
41The Expanse 3.09: IntransigenceTV EpisodeDavid Grossman2018-06-06The Expanse
42The Expanse 3.10: Dandelion SkyTV EpisodeDavid Grossman2018-06-13The Expanse
43The Expanse 3.11: Fallen WorldTV EpisodeJennifer Phang2018-06-20The Expanse
44The Expanse 3.12: CongregationTV EpisodeJennifer Phang2018-06-27The Expanse
45The Expanse 3.13: Abaddon's GateTV EpisodeSimon Cellan Jones2018-06-27The Expanse
46The Vital AbyssNovellaJames S. A. Corey2015-10-15The Expanse
47Cibola BurnNovelJames S. A. Corey2014-06-17The Expanse
48The Expanse 4.01: New TerraTV EpisodeBreck Eisner2019-12-12The Expanse
49The Expanse 4.02: JetsamTV EpisodeBreck Eisner2019-12-12The Expanse
50The Expanse 4.03: SubductionTV EpisodeDavid Petrarca2019-12-12The Expanse
51The Expanse 4.04: RetrogradeTV EpisodeDavid Petrarca2019-12-12The Expanse
52The Expanse 4.05: OppressorTV EpisodeJeff Woolnough2019-12-12The Expanse
53The Expanse 4.06: DisplacementTV EpisodeJeff Woolnough2019-12-12The Expanse
54The Expanse 4.07: A Shot In The DarkTV EpisodeSarah Harding2019-12-12The Expanse
55The Expanse 4.08: The One-Eyed ManTV EpisodeSarah Harding2019-12-12The Expanse
56The Expanse 4.09: SaeculumTV EpisodeBreck Eisner2019-12-12The Expanse
57The Expanse 4.10: Cibola BurnTV EpisodeBreck Eisner2019-12-12The Expanse
58Nemesis GamesNovelJames S. A. Corey2015-06-02The Expanse
59Babylon's AshesNovelJames S. A. Corey2016-12-06The Expanse
60Strange DogsNovellaJames S. A. Corey2017-07-18The Expanse
61Persepolis RisingNovelJames S. A. Corey2017-12-05The Expanse
62AuberonNovellaJames S. A. Corey2019-11-12The Expanse
63Tiamat's WrathNovelJames S. A. Corey2019-03-26The Expanse