DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that space opera used to be an insult? Sounds quite unbelievable for a sci-fi subgenre that everybody seems to love, right? But yes, it used to refer to lackluster and hackneyed plots that involve spaceships and ray guns. The term was first used and popularized by Wilson Tucker, a science fiction writer and critic. At the time of its coinage, serial radio dramas in the United States had come to embrace the definitive term soap operas. The term seemed apt for an umbrella term since a majority of these so-called soap operas were sponsored by soap manufacturers. At the same time, the phrase horse opera had also come to adopt a meaning that refers to formulaic Western films. And this was how Tucker perceived space opera books, films, and other forms of art. In addition, fans and critics alike had also commented that the plots of space operas had been taken from horse operas and put into an outer space milieu.
Since then, the term had gone on to take expanded meanings. This is especially true beginning in 1960's and 1970's, the space opera was broadly redefined as the classic. Yet, his redefinition wasn't met with without challenges. It came under fire following couples Judy-Lynn and Lester del Rey's article in their reviews. In particular, the two challenged the belief that space operas were obsolete. They also labelled Leigh Brackett's earlier works as space opera novels. On the onset of the 1980's, space operas had become attached to a new definition. Pop culture works like Star Wars books or movies became known as space operas. And it was only in the 1990's the term became a legitimate subgenre of science fiction.
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#5The Mote in God's Eye (Mote Series)
#6A Fire Upon The Deep (Zones of Thought)
#7Judas Unchained (Commonwealth Saga)
#10Foundation and Empire
#12Revelation Space (Revelation Space)
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#17Children of Time
#19Hand of Mars (Starship's Mage Book 2)
#20Nemesis Games (The Expanse)
#21Onslaught (Rise of the Empire Book 6)
#22Warpath (Rise of the Empire Book 4)
#23The Dreaming Void
#24Inheritance (Rise of the Empire Book 5)
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#27Invasion (The Ninth Book 2)
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#31Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidon's Children)