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Space Opera

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  72 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A collection of 'Space Opera' stories edited by Brian W. Aldiss: Section 1 Is Everythinbg An Illusion? Zirn Left Unguarded by Robert Sheckley Honeymoon in Space by George Griffiths Tonight the Sky Will Fall by Daniel Galouye Section 2 "Precipices of Light that Went Forever Up ..." The Star of Life by Edmond Hamiliton After Ixmal by Jeff Sutton Sea Change by Thomas N Scorti ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Berkley Medallion, 243 pages
Published March 1st 1977 by Berkley (first published August 1974)
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Jun 27, 2010 Paul rated it 2 of 5 stars
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"Great flaming faculae" !! This is a mediocre collection of science fiction short stories!

The first quote is one of my favorite exclamations from an excerpt of Charles Harness' book the Paradox Man, which is included in this collection. I rate this collection as average because it did not satisfy any urge for conclusion. Several of the stories are excerpts (Sword of Rhiannon, Paradox Man, The Star of Life). So the passages themselves are pretty good overall, but they are just excerpts. So it's a
Andrew Perron
Some of the stories were fantastic, but most of them were just okay. The thing that really bothered me, though, was the inbetween segments by Aldiss and their weirdly narrow view of what space opera is.
A mix of the genuinely brilliant (Ray Bradbury's - Summer in a day, Donald Wanderei's - Red Brain, Sheckley's - Zirn Left Unguarded... and Frederick Brown's Answer), genre curios and few bits in-between.
There was some really good stuff here, but unfortunately I'd read much of that. Some of the contents were also fairly weak. Make sure you read Brackett's "The Sword of Rhiannon" though.
1/28/12: "The Red Brain" by Donald Wandrei (1927)
7/2/12: "Honeymoon in Space (Excerpt)" by George Griffith (1900)
Considering I grew up in the John Campbell era, it surprising I didn't like this.
Space Opera: An Anthology of Way Back When Futures by Brian Aldiss
some of the worst science fiction I have ever read.
Sarah Sammis
Read while in Australia.
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