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"The Vital Abyss" is a novella in The Expanse series. It was announced on 15 May, 2015[1] (with the working title "The Necessary Abyss"), and was released on October 15th, 2015[2].

The story is told through a combination of present-day events (from the character's point of view) as well as flashbacks to events that take place prior to and during Leviathan Wakes.

"Present-day" in this context is sometime between Abaddon's Gate and Cibola Burn.

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Somewhere in the vast expanse of space, a group of prisoners lives in permanent captivity.

The only company they have is each other and the Belters who guard them. The only stories they know are the triumphs and crimes that brought them there. The only future they see is an empty life in an enormous room.

And then the man from Mars came along . . .

Viewpoint Characters Edit

The Vital Abyss is the first novella or novel to be written in the first person from a single character's perspective, former Protogen researcher Cortázar.

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