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(:title Space Opera:)
(:description grand, sweeping epics with a sci-fi setting:)

Grand, sweeping epics with a sense of drama (hence the nickname) and lots of adventure. Many SF movies fall into this category.

[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search~S41/t?SEARCH=startide+rising | Startide Rising]]  by David Brin  '''(Starter)'''\\
A top rate adventure story involving interstellar conflict and multiple species, this has several prequels and sequels.

[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/tdune/tdune/1%2C10%2C11%2CB/frameset&FF=tdune&2%2C%2C2 | Dune]]  by Frank Herbert\\
A sweeping epic with lots of color and action, but informed by a sense of history and thoughtful on many issues: ethical, political, ecological, religious, and psychological.  This started a long series, some weaker and some almost as good, and spawned three films, all much weaker than the book (see the film list at the bottom of this page).

[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/?searchtype=t&searcharg=mote+in+god%27s+eye&searchscope=41&SORT=D&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=tdune | The Mote in God's Eye]]  by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle\\
Human interstellar civilization discovers a brilliant but hostile species, and fights for survival.  Besides good adventure, the aliens are fascinating and ultimately tragic.  Much SF views aliens either as threatening and monstrous, or sympathetically; this book does both.

[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/thyperion/thyperion/1%2C7%2C8%2CB/frameset&FF=thyperion&1%2C%2C2 | Hyperion]]    by Dan Simmons  '''(Starter)'''\\
A group of travellers to an interstellar shrine tells their stories while on route; this fascinating modern take on the Canterbury Tales frames the gradual depiction of a complex interstellar civilization.  A challenging and sentimental combination of sweeping ideas and moving personal stories, this was followed by a sequel almost as good, The Fall of Hyperion.

[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search/tsnow+queen/tsnow+queen/1%2C3%2C7%2CB/frameset&FF=tsnow+queen&3%2C%2C4 | The Snow Queen]]    by Joan Vinge\\
Like the previous title and Dune, this makes liberal use of mythology and archetypes, and deals with multiple issues; and like Dune, this is a tale of a “backwards” planet with a precious commodity, which is oppressed by a galactic civilization desperate to control the commodity.  Despite this, Vinge’s book has a flavor and urgency all its own, and unforgettable.


!!!Film to watch:

'''Star Wars''' (1977)\\
The epitome of space opera!  The ultimate space opera book, ''Dune'', was made into several disappointing movies; the REAL Dune movie, in spirit, was Star Wars!\\


!!!Nonfiction:

[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search~S41/?searchtype=t&searcharg=frank+kelly+fre&searchscope=41&sortdropdown=-&SORT=D&extended=1&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=X%22space+opera%22%26SORT%3DD|Frank Kelly Freas: the art of science fiction]]\\
This and the next book are great examples of the colorful world of SF and fantasy illustration, showing the vision and flair typical of space opera.\\


[[http://wmars.cwmars.org/search~S41/?searchtype=t&searcharg=chesley+awards&searchscope=41&sortdropdown=-&SORT=D&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=tfrank+kelly+fre|The Chesley Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: a retrospective]]

Category: [[!Reading Lists]], [[!Science Fiction]]
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