Pretty Much Pop #126: Political Sci-Fi in “The Expanse”

On the novel series and TV show written by James S.A. Corey (aka Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck). Mark is joined by fact-checker Al Baker, educator Sabrina Weiss, and voting rights guy/former reality TV editor Colin Cole.

We talk about the politics, dialects, casting, message, etc. How well did this adapt to TV? Are the books actually better? Plus passive vs. active representation, choices made to wrap up the TV series, and more.

Some relevant articles include: 

Follow us @ixisnox, @colinjcole, and @MarkLinsenmayer, but Sabrina hates Twitter, so you can’t follow them!

The supporter version of this episode includes our bonus Aftertalk featuring all of our guests. Get it at, or you can sign up directly via Apple Podcasts for a subscription for ad-free and bonus material for three of Mark’s podcasts together on the Mark Lintertainment Podcasts Channel.

This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life podcast network and is curated by

Sponsor: Find a top-rated doctor by visiting and downloading the free ZocDoc app.

Jared Harris speaks in the show’s made-up Belter accent.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *