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You don’t have to sing to be in a Space Opera

Can anyone tell me what’s going on here? Bueller? Bueller?

Norby, the Mixed-Up Robot

I’ve written previously about my fondness for science fiction, but not for my favorite kind … Space Opera, as described here:

“the term space opera was a pejorative … coined in 1941 by Wilson Tucker, citing those stories as “hacky, grinding, outworn spaceships yarns” synonymous with TV’s soap operas and western “horse operas.” The negative connation stuck around for a couple of decades until the term took on a nostalgic inference and, ultimately, become associated with success and popular entertainment. (Thanks, Star Wars!)”

I’m not asking for song, although one musical episode is always nice. Space Operas are less about real  science and more about the melodrama of being human – or humanoid – and so they can be weirdly, wonderfully relateable in addition to being a great escape.  Check out one of the following if you, too, have a hankering for some drama amplified by a  land, planet, or cyborg species far far away.

Black Hole Sun, by David Macinnis GillAcross the Universe by Beth Revis

Crater by Homer HickamCinder by Marissa Meyer

Mothership by Isla Neal Grease Monkey by Tim EldredCircus Galacticus by Deva FaganAlien Invasion & Other Inconveniences by Brian Yansky


Whitney, CLP – Main

One Response

  1. I just ordered a Norby book a few days ago for a patron who wanted books about robots and space! Weird timing!

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