Questions tagged [space-opera]

Use this tag for question about the subgenre of Space Opera. May also be used together with [story-identification] when looking for a Space Operatic work.

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70s/80s comic space opera short story published in some SF magazine, containing the phrase “in durance vile.”

A ship is intelligent. It plays tricks on its crew to keep them alert. Sometimes they think it goes too far. The crew shut it down for a period of time as punishment. Space pirates then chase and ...
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Space opera book with telepathic female main character

I read this book sometime in the mid-late 90s. It's set on other worlds and in space, mostly human characters. What I remember: the female main character (FMC) has telepathic and telekinetic powers ...
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Sci-Fi book where spider-like alien lives on the hull of a ship and configures his web to forecast space weather or the future?

I read a book about 11 years ago that was part of a larger series and I can't remember the name or author. I randomly picked it out of the Sci-Fi section in the library because I liked the cover and ...
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Book about humanity and four other alien races at war, learn they are seed colonies of dead civilizations

I'm looking for a book I read 6 or 7 years ago - maybe less. Humanity is at war with one or more of four alien races, there is a sixth race which is a cross breed of the others. Humans come across ...
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Book Name: Space Operaish

I am trying to find the name of a book I read many years ago but have not been having much luck. I remember a fair bit about the book but I just can't seem to track it down. Any help would be ...
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Old comic book, space opera or planetary romance, nonhuman villain

I asked a question about an old science ficition comic book here: Old comic book, war with the moon, Pan-ku Chinese first man1 I already knew the answer, and planned to answer myself if nobody else ...
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Title of space opera novel where they implant a parasite on people who have died [duplicate]

I read this great book a while ago and have not been able to find it since. It's a space-opera novel involving a society in which a parasitic organism is planted in people who have died, reviving ...
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Title/author of book in which a young low-ranking officer ends up captain of spaceship?

A young man on the crew of a spaceship (a luxury passenger liner on a long trip, I believe) ends up as the captain after the ship runs into some kind of danger that kills or disables most or all of ...
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Does a space opera have to feature supernatural abilities, à la the Force? [duplicate]

I'm creating a space opera video game and I was wondering if to be considered a Space Opera it had to feature some supernatural abilities like Star Wars has with the Force. Or can I completely forgo ...
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space opera, possibly Robert Sheckley, Piers Anthony or Harry Harrison

I am looking for the name of a science fiction story or novel that I read 30 years ago. It is a "space opera" about a lone human that travels some distance through a galaxy populated by various ...
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Book about a girl who had a space suit which came out of her pores

I am looking for an old space opera book I read; I can't remember the name. It has a squid-like creature who gives a girl a mission. Also, I remember that this girl had a space suit which came out of ...
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Space Opera Comic 80s/90s

This might be a bit more complicated, because the comic I'm looking for is not well known, I think it was 4-5 issues, might have been from the late 80s, mid-90s, not sure about the publisher. Probably ...
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Difference between Space Opera and Science Fiction?

A while back a guy came into the place where I was working. He had a book (I don't remember the name). The book was, according to him, SciFi. I told him, "Great! My favorite SciFi is the Skylark ...