Throughout 19822002, the hugo award for best sciencefiction novel was often given to a spaceopera nominee. Lets go down this awesome list of the 25 of the best space opera books. The author was a marine in her younger days, and this really shows in how she depicts life in a space navy. Both his nights dawn series and his commonwealth saga are amazing. Joss whedons westernstyled space opera might be missed, but in the years since, its fans have found ways to cope. One indicator of a good space opera is that it gives readers the. Set in a bleak future where humanity is on the ropes after being nearly extinguished by aliens from gamilias, earth is a radioactive shell of its former beauty. Mar 18, 2016 made popular through iconic franchises such as star wars and star trek, anime in turn expanded the domestic and international appeal of the space opera genre through its numerous groundbreaking contributions. It would be considered soft science fiction and is often described as space opera. Most space operas tend to use navy terms for their space ships as well.
These space opera scifi books are some of the best and were selected because they are set in outer space and include a more melodramatic theme. Still looking for a good space opera series page 5. Now, ordered from 10th to the very top space opera book, we present the top 10 selections for the best space opera books and series of all time. This is, perhaps, the most well known of the series on this list due to the commercial success of the film 2001, a space odyssey. The rare space show that plays as a comedy, red dwarf has been a cult favorite for decades, initially premiering in the uk in 1988 and continuing to release new episodes even as recently as. Space battleship yamato 2199 a reboot of the beloved space battleship yamato series popularized in the 70s, space battleship yamato 2199 takes a classic anime and makes it better. The real story is basically a novella, laying the groundwork for the fireworks to come. Space hero flash gordon and his crew of the galaxy bureau of investigation patrol space, battling space monsters, powermad alien dictators and other threats to the stability of the universe. Now nearly four decades later the series has returned with the reboot space battleship yamato 2199a reboot that easily makes for the best space opera in more than half a decade. Of the four novels in the series, hyperion received the hugo award for best novel and the fall of hyperion was nominated for the nebula award for best novel. Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, chivalric romance, and risktaking. The whole series was originally sparked off by a short story by clarke, which he later evolved in to a full length novel in conjunction with the production of the movie by stanley kubrick. The eyre affair is the first in a brilliant series that straddles the line between sci. This is the peak of space opera, as far as im concerned.
Corey, ancillary justice by ann leckie, the long way to a. Jun 19, 2018 with the popularity of star wars not counting solo, the mcu films, and the expanse, it seems like a good time to focus on one of the more divisive scifi subgenres, the space opera. This wonderfully imagined space opera takes place on a military spacecraft, ananke. Oct 18, 2018 you can find it might contain fights or lost empires.
And the number one, all time best space opera as selected by discoverscifi readers is the honor harrington series. Im kind of new to the science fiction genre, and while the ideas interest me, the books usually seem to be lacking in character depth. Do you know of any really good space opera books series that feature strong characters and character development. The 12 best sports movies and documentaries on netflix if youre landing on this page and youre based in the united states, then you might want to check out out separate list of the best movies and tv shows on. Feb 01, 2019 the series covers almost two hundred years of technical and social challenges of settling mars. They are known to have a largescale sense of adventure, romance, complex characters and political conflicts which often lead to epic space battles. A gorgeous space opera about binti, the first himba woman to leave earth and attend the prestigious oomza university to study mathematics. Very popular space opera series spanning many movies and tv seasons. Jun 27, 2017 i mostly listen to audiobooks, but im sure there is an e book or paper book for this great space opera. Here are the best scifi and fantasy series streaming on amazon prime video in july 2019. The term space opera was coined in 1941 by fan writer and author wilson tucker as a pejorative term in an article in issue 36 of le zombie, a science fiction fanzine.
Captain francesca min yue is tasked to hunt down and kill enemy yeung leung, but nothing is as it seems. Which one these shows is your favorite that was mainly set in space. A great deal of the expanse is situated on space ships in space as well as colony stations in space, yet it isnt operatic, i. Jun 06, 2019 this poll had some heated debate over on the facebook group about what books should count as space opera. Hartwell and kathryn cramer define as colorful, dramatic, largescale science fiction adventure, competently and sometimes beautifully written, usually focused on a sympathetic, heroic central character and plot action, and usually set in the relatively distant future, and in space or on. The 10 best completed sf and fantasy series according to. The most interesting books also examine what life in the military actually involves, and what combat can do to a persons mind. In the mid 23rd century, the earth alliance space station babylon 5, located in neutral territory, is a major focal point for political intrigue, racial tensions and various wars over the course of five years.
The 18 best scifi tv shows set in space, ranked indiewire. Blindsight peter watts revelation space alastair reynolds foundation isaac asimov dragons egg robert l. Space opera was a staple of the pulp and golden ages of science fiction. With the popularity of star wars not counting solo, the mcu films, and the expanse, it seems like a good time to focus on one of the more divisive scifi subgenres, the space opera. I mostly listen to audiobooks, but im sure there is an e book or paper book for this great space opera. The designation is marketing, not library science, though the metadata tags might include space opera. Theyre good space opera too, and though it doesnt look like it at first, the final conflict has a scale similar to lensmen. Hartwell and kathryn cramer define as colorful, dramatic, largescale science fiction adventure, competently and sometimes beautifully written, usually focused on a sympathetic, heroic central character and plot action, and usually set in. Jun 12, 2014 a new netflix tv series of star trek has been rumoured. The entire vorkorsigan saga books by lois mcmaster bujold. Prime members enjoy free twoday delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, tv shows, original audio series, and kindle books. In this list of the best scifi book series, we explore some of the very best scifi series available. Here are some of the best science fiction books s writers and editors have read and loved an incomplete but growing list.
And christopher nolan is sending matthew mcconaughey through a wormhole in his new film, interstellar. Yoshiki tanaka, daniel huddleston translator narrated by. The 14 greatest science fiction books of the year your definitive list for the best in alternate worlds, space opera and robots. Complete list of space opera anime, and watch online. Space opera is defined as an adventure sciencefiction story.
Set mainly or entirely in outer space, it usually involves conflict between opponents possessing advanced abilities, futuristic weapons, and other sophisticated technology. Below are a few suggestions of series or single books that should grace your bookshelves or ebook libraries. A small sample, check out other books and series by the same authors. None of the libraries in our system have special shelving for space opera either. It was a homage to those iconic space pilots of yesteryear, and an attempt to write an updated, contemporary space opera.
An outer space cruise on the avenue 5 ship goes awry when the ship malfunctions. Find the top 100 most popular items in amazon books best sellers. Though best known for her arguably scifi dragonriders of pern series, anne mccaffrey dabbled in more obvious space opera territory in this. If you find an author you like, check out the rest of their books. Mar 31, 2015 a small sample, check out other books and series by the same authors. Travel the stars with 25 of the best space opera books book. Explore the cosmos in 10 classic space opera universes. Much more of a space opera in the traditional sense. Now, ordered from 10th to the very top space opera book, we present the top 10 selections for the best space opera books and series of all. At the same time, they often sprawl across a whole series of books or stories. Travel the stars with 25 of the best space opera books. May 15, 2017 explore the cosmos in 10 classic space opera universes. Leviathan wakes is good so far halfway through it and is part of a series. So sit back, fasten your seatbelts, and get ready to be blown away by this unique spatial ride with our list of the greatest space opera books of.
May 20, 2016 we dont need to tell you that firefly has transformed from failed tv series to cultural phenomenon in the years since its 2003 cancellation after an inauspicious 12episode run on fox. Blazing starships, super weapons, epic galaxy spanning battles, tentacled aliens, and valiant heroes very few heroines. For example, amazon lists over 10,000 books in the space opera category. Whether youre a space geek, science fiction reader, or simply enamored by nasa headlines, these books will take you on a journey through the final frontier. Earth is introduced to extraterrestrial life by the galactics, who tell world leaders.
Steve a good series to read for a better idea on space operas would be david webers honor harrington series. The ability to continue an already interesting notion and to further explore the underlying universe. Space operas take place primarily in outer space or across many worlds. Area 51 series at least the first 5 books by robert doherty aka bob mayer. Many people sing the praises of the culture novels, which start with consider phlebas. New frontier by peter david which is a series about a new crew investigating the collapse of a former dictatorship on federation space. If you missed hiness series opener, terminal alliance, youve yet to meet. This wonderfully imagined space opera takes place on a military spacecraft. As well as princesses running from their kingdoms and enemies trying to kill each other. The mechanics of space flight in that series are that bigger is more efficient, so entire cities have engines installed and fly off into space. 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. Battlefield earth is a landmark work of space opera science fiction by genre heavyweight l ron hubbard. One of the characteristics of the culture series that makes it so interesting compared to your runofthemill space opera.
Startide rising is the second book in the uplift series theres a total of. The 21 best space opera books the best sci fi books. She finds herself squarely in the middle of an ancient war between the alien meduse and the human khoush, and is forever changed as she tries to find a path to peace and survival. It really has everything for everyone, so you cant really go wrong on the direction you choose. What are some good spaceopera books from the last decade. Try vattas war and the serrano legacy, note that both of these have female leads. It is set in mostly on spaceships and nonearth planets, but it does not deal with intergalactic politics.
The expanse is based on a book series elizabeth moon has some good ones. The following series did an exceptional job crafting, describing, and incorporating aspects of worldbuilding. Starfang is a space opera with werewolves and merchants. In fact, this list could easily be, the 210 best space opera books, but. Here is a list of the best space opera science fiction books. Williams also has a more traditional but still quite good space opera called dread empires fall, which i also recommend. Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic.
Otherwise known as the honorverse, most of the more than 20 novels and anthology collections cover events between 4000 and 4022 ad. Slightly off the beaten track, im a big fan of walter jon williams humorous drake maijstral series, which is a combination of space opera and comedy of manners. Steve holland, irene champlin, joseph nash, henry beckman. Still looking for a good space opera series page 4. Also, if you are interested in listening to any of these space opera science fiction novels go to audibles one month free trial and get. How to write a killer space adventure without breaking the speed of light. And an opera has to be grand and dramatic battling empires, invading aliens, mysterious ancient technology, and grand, sweeping story arcs. While its cheating, i do recommend two space opera series from the star trek. Find the top 100 most popular items in amazon kindle store best sellers. Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that david g. Their adventures through space looking for earth, looking for other humans, looking for something else entirely become a backdrop for oddcouple comedy and a whole range of hilarious situations. For this list, we will be considering space opera as a work of science fiction with the bonus of occurring or relating to space. On basilisk station is free on amazon, its worth checking out.
The readdown 16 stellar books that take place in space. How to write a killer space adventure without breaking the. Most authors that write space opera write a lot of space opera. The story centers on an earth which has been occupied by alien forces for over a millennium. Now, having finished a trilogy of books set in the nearfuture, i am once again returning to the space lanes with a novel that i hope will be the first in a new series of fastpaced space adventures. At the time, serial radio dramas in the united states had become popularly known as soap operas because many were. Mar 14, 2015 the best military science fiction isnt just a bunch of space battles and cigarchomping armed combat although those are fun. In fact, this list could easily be, the 210 best space opera books, but there are only so many hours in the day. The story centers on the surviving humans attempts to fight back and overthrow their oppressors once and for all. Its important to remember that the term space opera was first devised as an insult. As with any good space opera, the characters are the main focus, as our hero of sorts grapples with the expanse of the universe and his place in it.
When an old enemy, the cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged galactica protect a small civilian fleet the last of humanity as they journey toward the fabled th colony, earth. Forward dune frank herbert the mars trilogy kim stanley r. Jan 01, 2018 space opera is more than fantasy in space. 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.1195 935 591 1312 1396 1247 140 923 449 1379 825 928 691 1294 1296 24 685 869 881 79 156 849 1336 1460 1252 691 204 776 217 1491 1336 571 620 1001