Best Space Opera
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 88,456 ratings
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 672,261 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 399,315 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 220,423 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 272 ratings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 157 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 48,735 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 24,843 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 68,966 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 23,049 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 16,782 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 35,663 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 104,260 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 72,864 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 28,984 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 31,744 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 23,146 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 526 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 60,768 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 42,042 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 17,187 ratings
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 30,520 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 24,118 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 87,875 ratings
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 80,512 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 74,405 ratings
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 227 ratings
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 76 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 23,424 ratings
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 198,837 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 131 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 38,971 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 12,584 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 10,166 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 12,922 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 20,162 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 23,840 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 12,949 ratings
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 109 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 14,944 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 10,901 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 11,653 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 128,896 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 34,809 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 8,434 ratings
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 17,690 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 9,495 ratings
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 303 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 30,111 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 11 ratings
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 34 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 7,343 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 11,343 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 46 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 65,229 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 5,947 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 4,450 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 7,336 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 3,834 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 20,631 ratings
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4.62 of 5 stars 4.62 avg rating — 21 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 4,212 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 12,004 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 3,246 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 26,434 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 22 ratings
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4.54 of 5 stars 4.54 avg rating — 95 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 10,367 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 8,819 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 13,376 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 9,171 ratings
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 83 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 5,801 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 22,176 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 29,821 ratings
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 3,625 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 1,293 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,457 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 17,921 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 2,469 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 5,475 ratings
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 37 ratings
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 8 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 5,114 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 15,542 ratings
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 10 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 21 ratings
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 37 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 28 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 4,352 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 6,379 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 1,422 ratings
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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 17 ratings
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 5 ratings
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 70 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 137 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 9,844 ratings
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 2,312 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 3,603 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 8,625 ratings
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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


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