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What is a “Space Opera”? by T.D. Wilson
Reading science fiction novels is something I really enjoy and nothing can draw you into a creative new world like a space opera. Not sure what a Space Opera is? Well, you’re probably already familiar with them. Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, and even Firefly, are all considered space operas.
The current space opera genre is filled with adventure, conflict, mystery, and romance and beautifully orchestrated for the reader in an outer space setting. Space operas can mix the romantic and dramatic elements with high tech or alien cultures often found in hard science fiction and make it palpable for readers of all ages and different backgrounds. The center focus is more on the characters and their struggles, desires, and conflicts than technology or abilities. Today, most Space Opera novels are part of a series, which allows the adventure and storyline to grow into a larger experience for the reader.
As an author, I love writing space operas. Just like a good fantasy novel, a space opera story can take on a will of its own and lead both author and reader to something they didn’t expect. That’s when it is truly exciting.
Three Space Operas to get you started:
The Epherium Chronicles: Embrace by T.D. Wilson
Book one of The Epherium Chronicles
Hope. James Hood, the most decorated Captain in the history of the Earth Defense Force, remembered what it felt like. It had surged through his very being the day he watched the gigantic colony ship rocket away from Earth carrying his uncle and over five thousand colonists to a new world light years from home. In the early 22nd century, Hood, like so many others on Earth, dreamed of following in his uncle’s footsteps. He wanted
to travel to a new world, to be something greater.
Then came the War.
An insectoid alien menace, known as the Cilik’ti, swarmed into Earth’s solar system like a plague. After years of vicious conflict, humanity was left battered but not broken. Thanks in part to Hood’s tactical genius, Earth’s forces had finally driven the invaders from the solar system.
Now, six years after the war, new word arrives, informing Earth’s leaders that two of the three colony ships that left Earth have arrived safely. One of them, the Magellan, was his uncle’s ship.
Earth desperately needs those new colonies, but the Cilik’ti are still out there. If Earth sends out a fleet in force, it could start another war. Reluctantly, Earth’s leadership agrees to send one ship to make contact. Hood is given command of a new ship, the Armstrong, and is ordered to proceed to the Cygni solar system—the same system to which his uncle’s ship was headed—with best possible speed.
Hope. Hood needed it now more than ever. Hope to find the colonists alive and hope that he could one day forgive himself for his actions that cost so many lives during the war. Hood and his new ship set out to Cygni, but what he discovers along the way could be more dangerous to Earth than their formidable foes.
At Star’s End by Anna Hackett
Dr. Eos Rai has spent a lifetime dedicated to her mother’s dream of finding the long-lost Mona Lisa. When Eos uncovers tantalizing evidence of Star’s End–the last known location of the masterpiece–she’s shocked when her employer, the Galactic Institute of Historic Preservation, refuses to back her expedition. Left with no choice, Eos must trust the most notorious treasure hunter in the galaxy, a man she finds infuriating, annoying and far too tempting.
Dathan Phoenix can sniff out relics at a stellar mile. With his brothers by his side, he takes the adventures that suit him and refuses to become a lazy, bitter failure like their father. When the gorgeous Eos Rai comes looking to hire him, he knows she’s trouble, but he’s lured into a hunt that turns into a wild and dangerous adventure. As Eos and Dathan are pushed to their limits, they discover treasure isn’t the only thing they’re drawn to…but how will their desire survive when Dathan demands the Mona Lisa as his payment?
Sky Hunter by Fae Sutherland
Jeret hasn’t looked back since running away from life as a crown prince and joining the Crux Ansata’s crew, but when the Ansata returns to his home system, he finds his father ill and a traitor maneuvering for control. Now that he’s a full-grown man, he can’t just walk away again.
Letting Jeret escape was the biggest black mark on bounty hunter Dagan Nu’aim’s otherwise distinguished years as a royal guard. When he catches Jeret back in-system, Dagan seizes the chance to regain his lost honor and bring the wayward prince home.
Jeret’s not so sure he wants to go, but the reignition of his old crush on Dagan complicates the issue. As the two unravel a tangled plot against the crown, their old friendship lights up with a fiery new desire. And when the traitor strikes and the two men must choose between duty and freedom, neither is certain which to pick.
Blue Nebula by Diane Dooley
Fitted with a series of technological “enhancements” entwined with her central nervous system, Sola is not fully human. Her father is the undisputed leader of Earth, and Sola is driven to put an end to his genocidal rule–before he can follow through with his plans to consolidate power over the universe into the hands of the aristocracy.
Despite Javan’s fears for her safety, and coping with a difficult pregnancy, Sola’s quest has become an obsession she cannot control. Compelled to choose, duty must come before her love for Javan. And when Sola joins forces with Destin Grady–her father’s sworn enemy–in a plot to execute the dictator and seize power, she soon uncovers secrets from the past that have her facing a future she never could have imagined…
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