Best Space Opera

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3.82 avg rating — 321 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 180 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 57,371 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 87,825 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 28,727 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 27,569 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 44,042 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 124,374 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 51,933 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 86,512 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 20,060 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 71,187 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 34,477 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 36,659 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 27,850 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 28,656 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 20,638 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 47,066 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 1,018 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 88,756 ratings
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4.36 avg rating — 219,522 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 101,752 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 27,810 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 92,931 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 515 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 24,273 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 12,451 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 85 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 46,871 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 195 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 15,064 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 27,629 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 15,752 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 15,360 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 154,007 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 18,283 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 20,450 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 75,070 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 13,192 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 399 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 13,856 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 41,770 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 22,959 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 15,975 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 148 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 9,375 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 35,124 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 4,920 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 13,081 ratings
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3.37 avg rating — 437 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 14 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 44 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 8,925 ratings
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3.71 avg rating — 6,799 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 11,503 ratings
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3.71 avg rating — 51 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 38,810 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 17,564 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 4,657 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 13,857 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 4,528 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 17,203 ratings
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3.63 avg rating — 4,175 ratings
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4.57 avg rating — 30 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 12,723 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 3,690 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 31,197 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 1,491 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 36 ratings
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3.54 avg rating — 93 ratings
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3.46 avg rating — 37 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 3,470 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 7,064 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 24,991 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 7,295 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 14,266 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 11,126 ratings
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3.54 avg rating — 13 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 25 ratings
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377 books · 886 voters · list created July 24th, 2009 by Kevis Hendrickson (votes) .
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Comments (showing 1-13 of 13) (13 new)

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message 1: by Melanie (new)

Melanie Great list of wonderful books.

Melanie


message 2: by Andre (new)

Andre Added Io Deceneus Journal of a time traveller. A brand new author but quite good in creating new worlds and conflicts between civilizations.


message 3: by David (new)

David I was surprised The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester was not included in the list. If you've never read it, I highly recommend it, it's probably the best singular Science Fiction novel I've read thusly


message 4: by Herman (new)

Herman Gigglethorpe Dune is here twice for some reason. . .


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

Saga does not forget to be awesome!


message 6: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Could someone define the difference between "space opera" and "sci-fi that happens to take place in space"?


message 7: by Kevis (last edited Dec 06, 2013 11:00AM) (new)

Kevis Hendrickson Jamie wrote: "Could someone define the difference between "space opera" and "sci-fi that happens to take place in space"?"

Space opera is a branch of science fiction where the story generally takes place in outer space. Its focus is usually on interplanetary adventure on a grand, epic scale, rather than the technical aspects of space exploration which you might associate with Hard Science Fiction which places the focus on the science, rather than the humanistic elements found in space opera.

When you say Space Opera, think Star Wars or Dune. Science Fiction in space is more akin to 2001: A Space Odyssey.


message 8: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Kevis wrote: "Space opera is a branch of science fiction where the story generally takes place in outer space. Its focus is usually on adventure on a grand, epic scale, rather than the technical aspects of space exploration which you might associate with Hard Science Fiction which places the focus on the science, rather than the humanistic elements found in space opera.."

Kevis.

I like your descripion of space opera vs science fiction. It's clear and concise.


message 9: by Kevis (last edited Dec 06, 2013 10:59AM) (new)

Kevis Hendrickson Thomas wrote: "Kevis wrote: "Space opera is a branch of science fiction where the story generally takes place in outer space. Its focus is usually on adventure on a grand, epic scale, rather than the technical as..."

Glad you like it, Thomas!


message 10: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Kevis wrote: "When you say Space Opera, think Star Wars or Dune. Science Fiction in space is more akin to 2001: A Space Odyssey. ..."

Thank you. I was confused because 2001 is on this list (so I must not be the only one...) :-)


message 11: by Kevis (new)

Kevis Hendrickson Jamie wrote: "Kevis wrote: "When you say Space Opera, think Star Wars or Dune. Science Fiction in space is more akin to 2001: A Space Odyssey. ..."

Thank you. I was confused because 2001 is on this list (so I ..."


No problem, Jamie. There's a lot of confusion about what's space opera and what isn't and it leads to some interesting book choices for this list.


message 12: by Jon (new)

Jon Graci How is the saga of seven suns not on here


message 13: by Dan (new)

Dan I've read quite a few on this list but I think I will go through and read or re-read as many as possible, looks like a great list!


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