Best Space Opera
This list features the best space opera books out there.
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 680,628 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 405,620 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 223,841 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 276 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 — 49,725 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 25,411 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 71,002 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 23,562 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 36,536 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 106,460 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 17,178 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 74,481 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 33,250 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 29,571 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 23,667 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 583 ratings
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 31,185 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 61,837 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 42,687 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 17,583 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 24,644 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 89,485 ratings
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 81,895 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 76,013 ratings
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 201,094 ratings
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 268 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 23,874 ratings
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 77 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 139 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 39,777 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 12,849 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 20,647 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 10,467 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 13,232 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 24,278 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 13,196 ratings
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 151 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 131,682 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 15,394 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 11,168 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 11,917 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 35,525 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 30,690 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 8,546 ratings
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 18,019 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 9,700 ratings
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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 312 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 66,377 ratings
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 12 ratings
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 36 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 7,491 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 11,553 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 47 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 6,038 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 4,515 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 7,474 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 3,909 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 20,895 ratings
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4.46 of 5 stars 4.46 avg rating — 26 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 4,267 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 12,196 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 3,306 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 13,648 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 26,991 ratings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 24 ratings
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4.54 of 5 stars 4.54 avg rating — 106 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 10,660 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 8,946 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 1,313 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,483 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 9,342 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 — 5,913 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 22,884 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 30,770 ratings
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 3,687 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 18,129 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 2,513 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 5,578 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 — 5,446 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 15,789 ratings
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 11 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 23 ratings
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4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 78 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 — 4,591 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 6,464 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 14,307 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 1,445 ratings
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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 18 ratings
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4.75 of 5 stars 4.75 avg rating — 8 ratings
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 75 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 10,069 ratings
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 2,476 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 6,906 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 3,671 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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