Attention all aspiring OPA members: Du sif wang with milowda fo yam seng unte revelushang! (Translation – join us for drinks and revolution!)
Join Ars’ Tech Culture Editor Annalee Newitz and me at the Longitude bar in downtown Oakland, California on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 5 p.m. You will not only be among friends and fellow fans of The expansebut you can hang out and learn Belter from the man who created it: Nick Farmer, the language consultant for the show.
Farmer is well educated in many languages including Swedish, Spanish and a few others to varying degrees. At Longitude, he gives us all a basic lesson in Belter 101 – a fascinating and poorly understood (at least by us earthlings) creole.
If you’re not on the series yet, don’t despair, you’ve got time to watch the eight episodes that will have aired by then.
As Newitz wrote in her review earlier this month, the show has a compelling premise:
The militant separatist group Belter OPA is organizing protests because the wealthy cities of Mars get all their water from ice miners in the Belt, but those miners live in decayed, low-oxygen habitats. Earth’s fleet could be deployed at any time to “ease tensions”, which would also put Mars and Earth at odds.
Jim Holden (Steven Strait), an officer on the ice freighter, is caught up in political machinations well above their pay grade. Canterbury, and Josephus Miller (Thomas Jane), a gritty cop from Ceres. Holden and Miller get sucked into two parts of the same mystery for very different reasons. When the Canterbury responds to a distress call from a summoned ship ScopuliHolden leads a reconnaissance team to investigate – only to witness a cloaked ship destroying the Canterbury, leaving him and a few crew members stranded on their can of shuttle. Back on Ceres, Miller investigates the disappearance of Julie Mao, the daughter of a wealthy Luna family. After some poking around, Miller realizes that Mao was on the run Scopuli for the Canterbury answered his distress call.
Du ferí da Belte! (Free the belt!)