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Offline Alex Hormann

Looking for a new space opera
« on: November 14, 2016, 01:03:30 AM »
As the title suggests, I am on the hunt for a new space opera series to sink my teeth into. Preferably something with no space-magic. I'd prefer aliens to be kept to a minimum, but it's not a deal breaker if they're around.

Series I've liked: Foundation, Lost Fleet, Lazarus War, the X Wing Star Wars books, Genellan.

Things I've not liked: Humanity's Fire, Neil Asher's series, Becky Chambers,  Old Man's War after the first book.

Currently got Kevin J Anderson's Dark Between the Stars sitting on my tbr shelf.

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Re: Looking for a new space opera
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2016, 01:34:02 AM »
Several favorites:

> Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan books (starting chronologically with "Shards of Honor" or in publishing order with "The Warrior's Apprentice"

> C J Cherryh's "Downbelow Station" and related books

> David Brin's brilliant "Startide Rising" and "The Uplift War". There are other books in the series, but who cares? (Warning, plenty of aliens)

> And, of course, The Expanse.



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Re: Looking for a new space opera
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2016, 01:38:30 AM »
How could I forget the Expanse? :o

Read it and loved it.


Thanks for those others. Will check them out.

Re: Looking for a new space opera
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2017, 04:26:23 PM »
I really enjoyed the Deathstalker series by Simon R. Green (I think). Well worth a read if you want a nice long series to sink your teeth into.

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Re: Looking for a new space opera
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2017, 10:06:05 AM »
Iain M Banks Culture books if you have not read them are a delight.

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Re: Looking for a new space opera
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2017, 09:37:09 PM »
...I have a space opera series? And I share an agent with Jamie Sawyer who wrote The Lazarus War?

I'm aware this is probably just shameless self-shilling, but it is a space opera, and there aren't aliens or 'space magic', and it genuinely does sound like you might like it based on what you've said.

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Re: Looking for a new space opera
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2017, 10:42:16 PM »
...I have a space opera series? And I share an agent with Jamie Sawyer who wrote The Lazarus War?

I'm aware this is probably just shameless self-shilling, but it is a space opera, and there aren't aliens or 'space magic', and it genuinely does sound like you might like it based on what you've said.

(sorry, I'm not sure if this is against the rules or not)
I'll second Mike's recommendation. His stuff (Dark Run first book) is really good fun. Has all of the elements that I really like in SF.
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Re: Looking for a new space opera
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2017, 12:00:48 PM »
@Mike Brooks I'll allow the shilling this once.  ;)

Dark Run does look exactly what I'm looking for. I'll definitely be taking a closer look once I've burned through a bit more of my tbr shelf.

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Re: Looking for a new space opera
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2017, 12:59:32 AM »
Thanks, I hope you enjoy it!
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Re: Looking for a new space opera
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2017, 01:42:07 AM »
...I have a space opera series? And I share an agent with Jamie Sawyer who wrote The Lazarus War?

I'm aware this is probably just shameless self-shilling, but it is a space opera, and there aren't aliens or 'space magic', and it genuinely does sound like you might like it based on what you've said.

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I'll second Mike's recommendation. His stuff (Dark Run first book) is really good fun. Has all of the elements that I really like in SF.

A space-opera recommended by Elfy is good enough for me to give it a try. Thanks for getting it on audible, Mike, look forward to listening.
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Re: Looking for a new space opera
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2017, 10:12:07 PM »
Thanks, hope you enjoy it! Getting it on Audible was my agent's doing, he's a star :)
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Re: Looking for a new space opera
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2017, 10:25:56 PM »
Iain M Banks Culture books if you have not read them are a delight.

Seconded.  And also The Expanse by James  SA Corey and Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie.
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Re: Looking for a new space opera
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2017, 09:33:55 AM »
If you like YA and Honor Harrington-esque Age of Sail IN SPACE, I recommend J.A. Sutherland's Alexis Carew series. 15 year old midshipwoman goes out into space to conqueror pirates, Space Germany, and deranged captains.

I also recommend Dawn Chapman's THE SECRET KING if you like 70s Battlestar Galactica and Jack Kirby-esque space opera versus more darker stuff.

If you like darker stuff you may try my stuff in Lucifer's Star because I always wanted to do an R-rated morally ambiguous Star Wars.
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Re: Looking for a new space opera
« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2017, 11:56:11 AM »
@Mike Brooks

Started reading Dark Run (final) yesterday. Cracking stuff. really fills the Dark Matter sized whole in my life.

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Re: Looking for a new space opera
« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2017, 04:18:50 PM »
Thank you!
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