Best Space Opera
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 92,155 ratings
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 686,395 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 409,280 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 226,312 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 278 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 159 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 50,472 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 25,757 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 72,510 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 23,899 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 37,195 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 107,994 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 17,433 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 75,646 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 34,377 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 30,018 ratings
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 31,737 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 24,102 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 639 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 62,615 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 43,114 ratings
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 17,874 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 24,981 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 90,584 ratings
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 82,915 ratings
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 202,484 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 77,170 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 292 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 24,226 ratings
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 78 ratings
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 144 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 40,325 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 13,058 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 20,983 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 10,620 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 13,458 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 24,560 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 13,390 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 15,658 ratings
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 178 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 133,582 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 11,383 ratings
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 18,251 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 12,081 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 36,001 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 31,100 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 8,611 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 9,828 ratings
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 321 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 67,131 ratings
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 12 ratings
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 37 ratings
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 113 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 7,618 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 11,702 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 48 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 13,846 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 6,097 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 4,547 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 21,089 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 7,568 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 3,963 ratings
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4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 26 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 4,296 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 12,315 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 3,340 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 27,331 ratings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 24 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 10,823 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 9,048 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 1,333 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,507 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 9,465 ratings
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 84 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 5,983 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 23,468 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 15,940 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 31,517 ratings
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 3,735 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 18,286 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 2,545 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 5,669 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 — 5,617 ratings
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 11 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 23 ratings
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 80 ratings
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4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 9 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 30 ratings
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 4,745 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 6,508 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 14,551 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 1,462 ratings
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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 18 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 10,228 ratings
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 2,592 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 6,997 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 3,715 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 8,878 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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