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Space Opera

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  99 Ratings  ·  13 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 January 1st 1974)
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Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
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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
Alex Ricard
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Science fiction has a grand tradition of short stories - it is in short stories that all the Asimovs and Bradburys of the world truly made their mark on the genre. Collected in this volume are many, of varying themes and quality. Robots! Space-storms! Galactic war! Illusion, beauty, and truth! Mighty machines! Shape-shifting nightmare horrors!

Of the perhaps hundreds of quality science fiction anthologies out there, this one is notable for its broad scope. You have a few all-time classics, and a
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This compilation was very good. There were a good number of memorable short stories and excerpts, and I look forward to rereading them one day. For a few of the stories, I plan on reading the books that they were taken from because the excerpts were simply not enough.
Drew Perron
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 16, 2009 rated it liked it
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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.
Sarah Sammis
Dec 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Read while in Australia.
Feb 07, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Considering I grew up in the John Campbell era, it surprising I didn't like this.
1/28/12: "The Red Brain" by Donald Wandrei (1927)
7/2/12: "Honeymoon in Space (Excerpt)" by George Griffith (1900)
Space Opera: An Anthology of Way Back When Futures by Brian Aldiss
Aug 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stupidly thought "space opera" meant lots of spaceship battles. It does not mean that. But this book ain't bad.
Aug 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
some of the worst science fiction I have ever read.
back when sci-fi was much more open as a genre
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Brian Wilson Aldiss was one of the most important voices in science fiction writing today. He wrote his first novel while working as a bookseller in Oxford. Shortly afterwards he wrote his first work of science fiction and soon gained international recognition. Adored for his innovative lite
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