Space Opera

Space opera is a subgenre of speculative fiction or science fiction that emphasizes romantic, often melodramatic adventure, set mainly or entirely in space, generally involving conflict between opponents possessing powerful (and sometimes quite fanciful) technologies and abilities. Perhaps the most significant trait of space opera is that settings, characters, battles, powers, and themes tend to be very large-scale.

Also see Planetary Romance, which has similarities.

New Releases Tagged "Space Opera"

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars
Crownchasers (Crownchasers, #1)
Chaos Rising (Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy, #1)
Architects of Memory (The Memory War, #1)
Prime Deceptions (Chilling Effect, #2)
Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #2)
The First Sister (The First Sister Trilogy, #1)
The Nemesis (Diabolic, #3)
Seven Devils (Seven Devils, #1)
The Good for Nothings
The Service of Mars (Starship's Mage,  #9)
Poe Dameron: Free Fall
Noumenon Ultra (Noumenon #3)
All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)
Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)
Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4)
Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3)
Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #2)
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars
Skyward (Skyward, #1)
Starsight (Skyward, #2)
Binti (Binti, #1)
Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries, #5)
A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan #1)
We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse, #1)
Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle, #2)
Heaven's River (Bobiverse #4)
Golden Son (Red Rising Saga, #2)
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239 books — 444 voters
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Space Operas with cats
110 books — 27 voters

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284 books — 784 voters
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Best Kindle Space Opera
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Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, #1)
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)
Dune (Dune, #1)
Consider Phlebas (Culture #1)
Abaddon's Gate (The Expanse, #3)
Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)
Cibola Burn (The Expanse, #4)
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
Revelation Space (Revelation Space, #1)
Shards of Honour  (Vorkosigan Saga, #1)
On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington, #1)
Nemesis Games (The Expanse, #5)
The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency, #1)

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I have spent my life battling monsters. It was only in realizing that I was the monster, and choosing to destroy her, that I could save the world.
Kameron Hurley, The Stars Are Legion

C.T. Phipps
Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, looking down upon us as we die. When the blazing sun is gone, when the nothing shines upon, then you show your little light. Twinkle, twinkle in the eternal night.
C.T. Phipps, Lucifer’s Star

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