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.

#AmazonNameMediaAuthor/DirectorSeriesDateNotes
1BuyDriveShort StoryJames S. A. CoreyThe Expanse2012-11-27Also available online.
2BuyThe ChurnNovellaJames S. A. CoreyThe Expanse2014-04-29
3BuyThe Butcher of Anderson StationShort StoryJames S. A. CoreyThe Expanse2011-10-17
4BuyThe Expanse: OriginsGraphic NovelHallie Lambert, Georgia LeeThe Expanse2018-02-07
5BuyLeviathan WakesNovelJames S. A. CoreyThe Expanse2011-06-15
6BuyThe Last Flight of the CassandraShort StoryJames S. A. CoreyThe Expanse2019-05-14
7BuyThe Expanse 1.01: DulcineaTV EpisodeTerry McDonoughThe Expanse2015-12-14
8BuyThe Expanse 1.02: The Big EmptyTV EpisodeTerry McDonoughThe Expanse2015-12-15
9BuyThe Expanse 1.03: Remember the CantTV EpisodeJeff WoolnoughThe Expanse2015-12-22
10BuyThe Expanse 1.04: CQBTV EpisodeJeff WoolnoughThe Expanse2015-12-29
11BuyThe Expanse 1.05: Back to the ButcherTV EpisodeRob LiebermanThe Expanse2016-01-05
12BuyThe Expanse 1.06: Rock BottomTV EpisodeRob LiebermanThe Expanse2016-01-12
13BuyThe Expanse 1.07: WindmillsTV EpisodeBill JohnsonThe Expanse2016-01-19
14BuyThe Expanse 1.08: SalvageTV EpisodeBill JohnsonThe Expanse2016-01-26
15BuyThe Expanse 1.09: Critical MassTV EpisodeTerry McDonoughThe Expanse2016-02-02
16BuyThe Expanse 1.10: Leviathan WakesTV EpisodeTerry McDonoughThe Expanse2016-02-02
17BuyThe Expanse 2.01: SafeTV EpisodeBreck EisnerThe Expanse2017-02-01
18BuyThe Expanse 2.02: Doors & CornersTV EpisodeBreck EisnerThe Expanse2017-02-01
19BuyThe Expanse 2.03: StaticTV EpisodeJeff WoolnoughThe Expanse2017-02-08
20BuyThe Expanse 2.04: GodspeedTV EpisodeJeff WoolnoughThe Expanse2017-02-15
21BuyThe Expanse 2.05: HomeTV EpisodeDavid GrossmanThe Expanse2017-02-22
22BuyCaliban's WarNovelJames S. A. CoreyThe Expanse2012-06-26
23BuyThe Expanse 2.06: Paradigm ShiftTV EpisodeDavid GrossmanThe Expanse2017-03-01
24BuyThe Expanse 2.07: The Seventh ManTV EpisodeKenneth FinkThe Expanse2017-03-08
25BuyThe Expanse 2.08: PyreTV EpisodeKenneth FinkThe Expanse2017-03-15
26BuyThe Expanse 2.09: The Weeping SomnambulistTV EpisodeMikael SalomonThe Expanse2017-03-22
27BuyThe Expanse 2.10: CascadeTV EpisodeMikael SalomonThe Expanse2017-03-29
28BuyThe Expanse 2.11: Here There Be DragonsTV EpisodeRob LiebermanThe Expanse2017-04-05
29BuyThe Expanse 2.12: The Monster and the RocketTV EpisodeRob LiebermanThe Expanse2017-04-12
30BuyThe Expanse 2.13: Caliban's WarTV EpisodeThor FreudenthalThe Expanse2017-04-19
31BuyGods of RiskNovellaJames S. A. CoreyThe Expanse2012-09-15
32BuyThe Expanse 3.01: Fight or FlightTV EpisodeBreck EisnerThe Expanse2018-04-11
33BuyThe Expanse 3.02: IFFTV EpisodeBreck EisnerThe Expanse2018-04-18
34BuyThe Expanse 3.03: Assured DestructionTV EpisodeThor FreudenthalThe Expanse2018-04-25
35BuyThe Expanse 3.04: ReloadTV EpisodeThor FreudenthalThe Expanse2018-05-02
36BuyThe Expanse 3.05: Triple PointTV EpisodeJeff WoolnoughThe Expanse2018-05-09
37BuyThe Expanse 3.06: ImmolationTV EpisodeJeff WoolnoughThe Expanse2018-05-16
38BuyAbaddon's GateNovelJames S. A. CoreyThe Expanse2013-06-04
39BuyThe Expanse 3.07: Delta-VTV EpisodeKenneth FinkThe Expanse2018-05-23
40BuyThe Expanse 3.08: It Reaches OutTV EpisodeKenneth FinkThe Expanse2018-05-30
41BuyThe Expanse 3.09: IntransigenceTV EpisodeDavid GrossmanThe Expanse2018-06-06
42BuyThe Expanse 3.10: Dandelion SkyTV EpisodeDavid GrossmanThe Expanse2018-06-13
43BuyThe Expanse 3.11: Fallen WorldTV EpisodeJennifer PhangThe Expanse2018-06-20
44BuyThe Expanse 3.12: CongregationTV EpisodeJennifer PhangThe Expanse2018-06-27
45BuyThe Expanse 3.13: Abaddon's GateTV EpisodeSimon Cellan JonesThe Expanse2018-06-27
46BuyThe Vital AbyssNovellaJames S. A. CoreyThe Expanse2015-10-15
47BuyCibola BurnNovelJames S. A. CoreyThe Expanse2014-06-17
48BuyThe Expanse 4.01: New TerraTV EpisodeBreck EisnerThe Expanse2019-12-12
49BuyThe Expanse 4.02: JetsamTV EpisodeBreck EisnerThe Expanse2019-12-12
50BuyThe Expanse 4.03: SubductionTV EpisodeDavid PetrarcaThe Expanse2019-12-12
51BuyThe Expanse 4.04: RetrogradeTV EpisodeDavid PetrarcaThe Expanse2019-12-12
52BuyThe Expanse 4.05: OppressorTV EpisodeJeff WoolnoughThe Expanse2019-12-12
53BuyThe Expanse 4.06: DisplacementTV EpisodeJeff WoolnoughThe Expanse2019-12-12
54BuyThe Expanse 4.07: A Shot In The DarkTV EpisodeSarah HardingThe Expanse2019-12-12
55BuyThe Expanse 4.08: The One-Eyed ManTV EpisodeSarah HardingThe Expanse2019-12-12
56BuyThe Expanse 4.09: SaeculumTV EpisodeBreck EisnerThe Expanse2019-12-12
57BuyThe Expanse 4.10: Cibola BurnTV EpisodeBreck EisnerThe Expanse2019-12-12
58BuyNemesis GamesNovelJames S. A. CoreyThe Expanse2015-06-02
59BuyBabylon's AshesNovelJames S. A. CoreyThe Expanse2016-12-06
60BuyStrange DogsNovellaJames S. A. CoreyThe Expanse2017-07-18
61BuyPersepolis RisingNovelJames S. A. CoreyThe Expanse2017-12-05
62BuyAuberonNovellaJames S. A. CoreyThe Expanse2019-11-12
63BuyTiamat's WrathNovelJames S. A. CoreyThe Expanse2019-03-26
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