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
Your Hosts This Episode
Anna Ferri | Meghan
Murray | Amanda
Space Opera We Read (or kinda):
Did Not Finish
Other titles and media mentioned
- Mass Effect
video games are totally Space
Opera, especially if you read all the internal game encyclopedia
entries like Matthew.
Mote in God’s Eye by
Larry Niven, and Jerry Pournelle
Left Hand of Darkness by
Ursula K. Le Guin (not exactly Space Opera but totally
Game by Orson Scott
- Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein - Military Sci-Fi or
Opera by Jack Vance - An
opera troupe in Space
Spider White Web by
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Have you not read this yet?
It’s short - go read it!)
- District 9
TV series & Serenity movie & the Firefly
comics (pretty much all
- Please skip Sassinak and read Elizabeth Moon’s
excellent connected series set in the world of Paksenarrion (Fantasy not Sci-Fi), or
read the three books of
Deed of Paksenarrion.
those zillion Pern
books (Science Fantasy
series) by Anne McCaffrey
by Frank Herbert (hefty but worth a
read - recommended)
Martian by Andy Weir
(about space but not Space Opera and definitely
- Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, Vol.
1 (comic book series) (recommended
even if you don't care about Transformers.
- Ascension (Tangled Axon, #1)
by Jacqueline Koyanagi (Meghan
mis-spoke and called this book “Ascendent”)
- After Man
by Dougal Dixon (so
- Octavia’s Brood edited by Walidah Imarisha, and Adrienne Maree
Delaney - We
discuss Dhalgren which is not space focused, but Delaney has a
few space books to try.
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, and Jay Kristoff (YA Space
Opera - read before the month, recommended)
Confusion of Princes by
Garth Nix (read after the episode, recommended)
- What (the heck) is space opera? (We thought we knew! We were so
- What is Worldbuilding?
- Any suggestions of your favourite instances of
- 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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