What Is A Space Opera?

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I’ve written over twenty suspense novels and novellas, and three fantasy novels, so when readers became aware that I had a science fiction novel coming out, they weren’t really surprised. Especially when I explained this story-of-my-heart that has been in the works for fourteen years is a space opera.

A what? *insert deer-in-headlights look*

A space opera. Let’s break down this definition so it’s not really so “out there.” Basically, it’s a subgenre that falls under science fiction, but to the soft side, not the hard side (because Ronie can’t “science” to save her life, y’all). This subgenre arose during the 1930s, along with soap operas and horse operas (I had no idea that latter existed!). The term was a pejorative one and coined in 1941 by writer Wilson Tucker, who described it as a “hacky, grinding, stinking, outworn, spaceship yarn.”

Well, then. That’s a bit abrasive and mean. Irony comes with the fact that by the 1960s and ’70s, the space opera was a widely accepted—and beloved—subgenre, producing shows and movies like Dune, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, etc., and even today it is a much-loved style with loved shows like Dark Matter, KillJoys, Lost in Space, and the many spinoffs of the Star Wars empire.

Wikipedia defines a space opera as a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, chivalric romance, and risk-taking. It also can involve opponents possessing advanced abilities, weapons, and other sophisticated technology.

When I finished writing Brand of Light for the first time fourteen years ago, I had no idea what the genre was. I simply knew that I loved the story and the genre. In The Droseran Saga, there is advanced technology, medieval-era planets, advanced weapons, chivalric romance (ahhh, Marco!), and risk taking. I love the descriptor “melodramatic adventure,” because it seems to remind the reader to have fun, enjoy the story. If someone is looking for hard science fiction, this is the not story for them. But if you want a fun space adventure with some romance, Marco and Kersei are ready to have you join the hunt!



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