I've always found it interesting when we see real life taking its cues from fictional arts, especially when it comes to Science Fiction technology. There are plenty of examples of classic books, TV shows, or movies having introduced what was at the time a fantastic futuristic tool or capability. Then, decades later would be eventually developed and used in everyday society.
Some examples are George Orwell's book 1984, published in 1949, which predicted the wide use of PCs and the Internet.
This question relates to a more recent a series of books, and now TV show, The Expanse. Taking place centuries in the future, many of the technologies used in The Expanse are well beyond our current technological capabilities, some being more plausable than others.
My question relates to one of these examples which I hope is plausible, but I just don't know, the Epstein Drive.
The Epstein Drive is a commonly used propulsion system in The Expanse universe, one which makes interplanetary travel for humans both feasible and efficient. However, it seems to defy what I understand as current limitations in material/fuel efficiency capabilities. Unfortunately, I am not knowledgeable enough in this discipline to understand if something like the Epstein Drive is actually feasible, why it would be, or how it could be accomplished.
However, my asking how this could be feasible, which requires one to suspend reality momentarily in order to answer, seems outside the scope of this board. Instead, I will ask the following:
Are the concepts of the Epstein Drive, a fictional propulsion drive technology of the book and TV show The Expanse, in any way based on actual theorized scientific research which could render the fictional capabilities included in the story technologically plausable at some point in the future?