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The Space Opera Renaissance

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    superb anthology

    In the Introduction to this superb anthology, space opera was coined by Bob Tucker in 1941: ¿In these hectic days of phrase coning, we offer one. Westerns are called ¿horse operas,¿ the morning housewife tear-jerkers are called ¿soap operas.¿ For the hacky, grinding, stinking, outworn space ship yarn, or world saving for that matter, we offer space opera.¿ By 1959 the connotation remained ¿A hack science fiction story, a dressed up western¿ as noted by Fancyclopedia II. By the 1960s space opera was considered dead. Yet today it is alive, well, and highly regarded as its reputation changed as ¿s**t became Shinola¿. This terrific compilation pays tribute to space opera tales from various decades starting with a delightful Edmond Hamilton tale from 1929 to a Stephen Baxter contribution from 2003 the entries showcase the evolution and make an analytical argument that even cheap pulp fiction in outer space can be well written. The break out by decades is as follows: 1920s ¿ 1 1930s ¿ 1 1940s ¿ 1 1950s ¿ 2 1960s ¿ 1 1970s ¿ 1 1980s ¿ 3 1990s ¿ 16 2000s ¿ 6. Though the spread is heavily the 1990s (half the entries) with some readers fascinated with the sub-genre roots wanting more of the older entries, the contributions are from a who¿s who, who come through with superb tales. This is must reading for science fiction short story fans. --- Harriet Klausner

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