Its Not Over Till The Big Spaceship Wins!

By Book Case Hebden Bridge

By Book Case Hebden Bridge

Some of our favourite space operas.  Yes, they are all by men.  This is, as they say, a Known Problem.

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Neal Asher

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The first of Asher's Polity novels. He starts as he means to go on, God like AI's, huge space battles, mysterious aliens and a strangely sympathetic psychotic robot villain. Wide screen stuff with plenty of explosions.

Consider Phlebas: A Culture Novel

Iain M. Banks

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Bank's Culture is a galaxy spanning post scarcity anarchist society overseen by powerful AI's, whose citizens are able to modify their own biology, unless they happen to be drones. All the Culture novels are wonderful, playful and exciting. They can be read in any order, but this is the first to be written, so as good a place to start your journey as any.

Children of Time

Adrian Tchaikovsky

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A unique take on the planetary colonisation sub-genre. Spanning centuries and with really impressive world building. Some space opera is light on depth of character, but every entity here feels real. Unfortunately to tell you about the novel's strongest point would be to commit an unforgivable spoiler!

The Stars My Destination

Alfred Bester

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Written over 60 years ago, this still appears in people's 'best SF' lists, and for good reason.

Broken Angels: Netflix Altered Carbon book 2

Richard Morgan

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Forget the Netflix tie-in subtitle. This has nothing to do with the TV series, apart from the lead character being the same. Be warned, this is a brutal ride, but carried off with style and panache.

Leviathan Wakes: Book 1 of the Expanse (now a Prime Original series)

James S. A. Corey

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You could watch the TV series, but the pictures are better here! Beware, once you're hooked, there's another eight books to go...

Redshirts

John Scalzi

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Space Opera can be quite po-faced, so this hilarious take is very welcome. Remember the fate of the anonymous crew who beamed down with Kirk and Spock every week? What must it have been like waiting to get the call for one of those missions? Scalzi manages to pull off the feat of taking that conceit and making a novel out of it with aplomb.

Empty Space: A Haunting

M. John Harrison

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Whatever it is, this is a long way from Starship Troopers. Although theoretically the third in a trilogy, this doesn't require you to have read the other two. (They won't help you make sense of it anyway!) Beautiful and haunting. It's space opera Jim, but not as we know it...