Best Space Opera

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3.68 avg rating — 411 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 78,557 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 147,748 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 54,245 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 109,061 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 33,728 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 43,599 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 49,990 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 299,775 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 62,665 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 65,339 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 141,015 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 167,502 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 33,875 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 154,623 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 47,497 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 75,168 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 41,848 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 25,298 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 22,903 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 273,483 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 41,540 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 129 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 25,958 ratings
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3.70 avg rating — 348 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 71,196 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 1,535,379 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 121,594 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 27,407 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 24,284 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 49,065 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 216 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 22,830 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 9,375 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 6,474 ratings
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3.34 avg rating — 783 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 275,345 ratings
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652 books · 1,102 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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