'The Butcher of Anderson Station' by James S.A. Corey

A new story set in the world of The Expanse. One day, Colonel Fred Johnson will be hailed as a hero to the system. One day, he will meet a desperate man in possession of a stolen spaceship and a deadly secret and extend a hand of friendship. But long before he became the leader of the Outer Planets Alliance, Fred Johnson had a very different name. The Butcher of Anderson Station.

This is his story.

Well this is just music to my ears. Leviathan Wakes is one of the best novels I’ve read this year (REVIEW). It’s sequel (COVER ART) is one of my most anticipated novels of 2012. And a short story, completely out of the blue, revolving around one of the first novel’s most interesting characters and events? Sign me right on up.

A quick excerpt:

When Fred was a kid back on Earth, maybe five or six years old, he’d seen a weed growing in the darkness of his uncle’s cellar. The plant had been pale and thin but twice as tall as the ones out in the side yard, deformed by reaching for the sunlight. The man behind the bar looked just like that: too tall, too pale, too hungry for something he’d never had and never would. Belters were all like that.

The music in the bar mixed Punjabi rhythms with a high-voiced woman rapping in the polyglot mess of languages that made up Belter creole. The battered pachinko machine in the back rang and skittered. Hashish smoke sweetened the air. Fred leaned back on a bar stool meant for someone ten centimeters taller than he was and smiled gently.

“Is there a fucking problem?” he asked.

‘The Butcher of Anderson Station’ is 9,000 words long and available on all the major eBook platforms and costs as much as a bad gas station latte. Go buy it now. I already have.

  • Stefan (Civilian-Reader) October 19, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Bother, not available for Brits again…

  • jens October 19, 2011 at 8:06 am

    not available at Amazon DE either …. great. really great

  • Nick October 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    And not available on Amazon.com for non-US buyers. I get that you might not have global ebook rights for your authors. Stupd, but fine. But given I can buy the actual novel on Kindle, why can’t I buy this?

  • Scott October 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Oh sweet! Thanks for the heads up! I’ll be grabbing this. Loved LEVIATHAN WAKES!

  • Yagiz [Between Two Books] October 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Funny cover art. They look like giant cigarettes.

  • MAC! October 24, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Thanks for the heads up on this. I’m with you, the next book can’t come soon enough. The only problem I have is will this only make me more eager for it?!

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  • Locusmortiis October 29, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    cigarettes? looks more like Soyuz rocket boosters to me.