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Looking for recommendations - Space Opera
« on: May 14, 2018, 03:59:13 PM »
Hi all,

I recently joined Kindle Unlimited, and I'm looking for suggestions for Space Opera stories. I don't like military SF, and I'm struggling a bit to find something new and exciting that is more towards SF adventure, but in space.

I liked "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: Wayfarers 1" by Becky Chambers, and in terms of classics I enjoyed "Gateway" a lot (especially the episodic style).

Would be great if any one knows some great books  ::)

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Re: Looking for recommendations - Space Opera
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2018, 05:24:55 PM »
Hi Stephan!

So here are a few suggestions:

C.J. Cherryh -- anything, though I'm partial to Pride of Chanur and the books that are set in that universe.
K.B. Wagers -- space opera series (Farian War)
Kameron Hurley -- The Stars Are Legion
James S.A. Corey -- The Expanse series
Ann Leckie -- Ancillary Justice (cerebral adventure of a kind)
Yoon Ha Lee -- Raven Stratagem and the others

If you're interested in tie-in fiction, then a lot of Star Wars (old and new canon) fits firmly into what you're looking for, and some of it is really great writing.

Some may not be your speed, but I tend to go for the "shotgun" method when it comes to recommendations. Hope that helps!

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Re: Looking for recommendations - Space Opera
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2018, 01:27:38 PM »
Does Star Trek count as space opera? A lot of the novels in the last 15 years or so are worth checking out.

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Re: Looking for recommendations - Space Opera
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2018, 05:57:28 PM »
I'd count Star Trek in the Space Opera genre. Haven't read much of it myself, but it could definitely be the thing stephan is looking for.

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Re: Looking for recommendations - Space Opera
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2018, 10:44:45 PM »
Plenty of authors here write stuff you might like.  Off the top of my head: Benjamin Douglas, Timothy Ellis, Glynn Stewart, Felix Savage, Salvador Mercer.  Check out some of their works and see if they fit what you're looking for.  I can't guarantee their books will be in Kindle Unlimited, though.  Authors sometimes cycle books in and out of KU, you know, so what's available to borrow today might not be available to borrow tomorrow, and vice versa.

Also, browse the Writer's Cafe part of KBoards and check out the books in the authors' sigs.  Maybe something will catch your eye.

Good luck, and I hope you find what you're looking for.  :)
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Re: Looking for recommendations - Space Opera
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2018, 04:11:41 PM »
Thank you all, will check all those!

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Re: Looking for recommendations - Space Opera
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2018, 09:38:05 PM »
David Weber's Honor Harrington series  Start with On Basilisk Station
Liaden Universe Novels https://www.goodreads.com/series/41879-liaden-universe

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Re: Looking for recommendations - Space Opera
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2018, 10:52:57 PM »
It may be a bit heavy, but the "Dune" series by Frank Herbert is worth the time (although not entirely in space).
Also, this may sound odd, but the "Blake's 7" novels are actually pretty good.

Alternatively, try anything by Ian Banks or Harry Harrison.

Good luck. :)

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