Psamathe wrote:kwackers wrote:mercalia wrote:but the protomolecule is alien? not far fetched from their point of view. Not as if it is elaborated to any extent? just made to be very alien & strange rather than commonplace like phasers and "beam me up scotty"
I like the near future technology aspect of The Expanse.
The super advanced alien tech was a good foil against that.
I agree, just for me I've read so many poor unchallenging Si-Fi where the plot becomes rescued by some magic amazing technology I'm not so keen on the mix. Like I enjoyed The Culture series (super advanced tech) I also enjoyed the "Mars" trilogy (near future) (Kim Stanley Robinson). In some way the protomolecule (after the 1st book) becomes a bit like the "beam me up Scotty" - which was a scheme designed purely to get round moving the adventure between locations (not really "thought provoking").
I enjoyed/enjoy The Expanse but the books where e.g. Miller was appearing only to Holden ... didn't spoil it for me just seemed a bit of an "easy way out" - a way to feed "the hero" the knowledge he clearly could never have on his own but needs to save the day. It's a personal but not black and white preference.
are your comments about the books or the tv series or both?
The protomolecule is a big what it is and why is it here? and the 3 seasons slowly reveal its true nature, so I dont share your opinion it is just a way to change locations. its not like the encrypted meaning that the SG travellers discover in space in Stargate Universe, that links all the stories and "explains" where the Ancients Ship is traveling, to find ( its source ) ( we are never told, the series was ended it was a con )