Best Space Opera

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4.14 avg rating — 316,768 ratings
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3.74 avg rating — 375 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 117,797 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 212 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 95,306 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 57,141 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 108,385 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 25,851 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 42,614 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 45,913 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 86,632 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 35,842 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 53,699 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 34,774 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 107,696 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 245,862 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 121,855 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 25,642 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 110,720 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 34,891 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 57,386 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 30,981 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 33,517 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 103 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 15,692 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 1,478 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 285 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 19,622 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 22,319 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 18,914 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 190,545 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 90,018 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 52,825 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 17,795 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 41,945 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 25,885 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 19,841 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 24,561 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 51,035 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 16,512 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 751 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 10,739 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 185 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 5,544 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 1,071,468 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 37,410 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 10,761 ratings
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3.33 avg rating — 640 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 38,473 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 7,961 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 20,551 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 53 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 11,543 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 10,038 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 620 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 5,618 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 22,684 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 5,189 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 16,466 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 12,756 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 16,037 ratings
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3.74 avg rating — 2,060 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 60 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 92 ratings
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3.73 avg rating — 21,184 ratings
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3.57 avg rating — 102 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 32 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 8,266 ratings
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3.30 avg rating — 66 ratings
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4.46 avg rating — 13 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 182,260 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 159,800 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 4,863 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 11,077 ratings
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444 books · 997 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!


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