Best Space Opera

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4.21 avg rating — 93,778 ratings
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3.68 avg rating — 403 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 225 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 187,365 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 162,211 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 135,699 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 72,809 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 50,671 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 102,541 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 31,019 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 40,658 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 45,517 ratings
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4.36 avg rating — 281,823 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 57,912 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 62,015 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 131,125 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 150,709 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 31,030 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 139,906 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 43,380 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 38,231 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 68,844 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 20,072 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 38,747 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 26,355 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 22,742 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 113 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 253,411 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 2,676 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 22,902 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 23,409 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 342 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 65,868 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 107,969 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 28,818 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 24,616 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 50,005 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 49,898 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 28,463 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 21,674 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 1,402,525 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 1,183 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 19,395 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 28,760 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 13,003 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 18,246 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 44,594 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 209 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 9,124 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 6,262 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 23,846 ratings
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3.34 avg rating — 753 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 5,839 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 57 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 1,014 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 2,220 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 6,969 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 26,352 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 67 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 128 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 16,100 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 10,820 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 11,324 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 23,850 ratings
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649 books · 1,083 voters · list created July 24th, 2009 by Kevis Hendrickson (votes) .
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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


message 13: by Dan (new)

Dan I've read quite a few on this list but I think I will go through and read or re-read as many as possible, looks like a great list!


message 14: by Xantha (new)

Xantha Page Awful lot of hard science fiction here.


message 15: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Xantha wrote: "Awful lot of hard science fiction here."

See my question (above) about space opera vs. sci-fi.


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