This is a continuation of the Science Fiction / Fantasy Genre Glossary Project posts. For the complete genre index click here.
What is Space Opera?
Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction characterized by action, adventure, and melodrama, set against the backdrop of space. It often features larger than life characters, high stakes, romance, and large scale political systems. The term was originally used with a negative connotation, and applied to “really bad” science fiction stories, but the subgenre has evolved in recent years.
- The Lensman Series by Edward E. Smith
- Books set in the Alliance-Union universe by C.J. Cherryh
- Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard
TV and Movies: Star Wars, Star Trek, Flash Gordon, The Fifth Element, Battlestar Galactica
- The New Space Opera – via the SF Site
- Space Opera – via TV Tropes
- The Top Ten Rules of Space Opera – A humorous piece via i09
Do you enjoy space opera? “Flash, ahh ahh.. savior of the universe…” oh shoot, the theme song’s in my head.