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A Readers’ Advisory Podcast about becoming better library staff by reading every genre, whether we like them or not! Every month we read books from a new, randomly picked genre; then on the podcast we discuss our reading choices, experiences, opinions, appeal factors, and other related topics as friends and library workers.

Aug 2, 2016

In this episode we discuss Space Opera and all the endless tangents. This is a LONG conversation (we almost split it in two, but we’re trying to catch up episodes to our current reading topic). We talk about losing our solid footing on genre definitions, defining the term “worldbuilding”, when re-reading books from your youth goes horribly wrong, wondering just what is up with those TV and movie tie-ins, misogyny infecting Sci-Fi classics (Oh, hello there Sad Puppies), the delight of scientists reading Sci-Fi, and so much more.

Your Hosts This Episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Amanda Wanner

Space Opera We Read (or kinda):



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  • What (the heck) is space opera? (We thought we knew! We were so naive.)
  • What is Worldbuilding?
    • Any suggestions of your favourite instances of worldbuilding?
  • Is bug punk real?
  • Who else wants a “Ten Rules to Break When Dating a Space Pirate” from Sarah MacLean?
  • Are Star Trek tie-in novels Space Opera?
  • What’s the relationship between Space Opera/space-based Sci-Fi and the history of Colonialism?

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