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Best Space Opera Books

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Leviathan Wakes
James S. A. Corey - Jun 15, 2011
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Humanity has colonized the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond - but the stars are still out of our reach.Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, "The Scopuli," they find themselves in possession of a secret t...
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Deluxe Edition
Frank Herbert - Oct 01, 2019 (first published in 1965)
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A deluxe hardcover edition of Frank Herbert's epic masterpiece--a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time. This deluxe hardcover edition of Dune includes: - An iconic new cover- Stained edges and fully illustrated endpapers- A beautifully designed poster on the interior of the jacket- A redesigned wo...
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Dan Simmons - Aug 15, 2017 (first published in 1989)
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A stunning tour de force filled with transcendent awe and wonder, Hyperion is a masterwork of science fiction that resonates with excitement and invention, the first volume in a remarkable epic by the multiple-award-winning author of The Hollow Man.On the world called Hyperion, beyond the reach of galactic law, waits a creature called the Shrike. T...
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A Fire Upon The Deep
Vernor Vinge - Feb 15, 1993 (first published in 1992)
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Alternate Cover Edition can be found here. A Fire upon the Deep is the big, breakout book that fulfills the promise of Vinge's career to date: a gripping tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale.Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities ...
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On Basilisk Station
David Weber - Jan 01, 2002 (first published in 1992)
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Honor Harrington in trouble: Having made him look the fool, she's been exiled to Basilisk Station in disgrace and set up for ruin by a superior who hates her. Her demoralized crew blames her for their ship's humiliating posting to an out-of-the-way picket station. The aborigines of the system's only habitable planet are smoking homicide-inducing ha...
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Steve Gibson
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Old Man's War
John Scalzi - Oct 17, 2017 (first published in 2005)
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John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army.The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce-- and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim...
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Pandora's Star
Peter F. Hamilton - Jan 25, 2005
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The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some four hundred light-years in diameter, contains more than six hundred worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over one thousand light-years away, a star... ...
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The Reality Dysfunction
Peter F. Hamilton - Oct 08, 2008 (first published in 1996)
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Space is not the only void...In AD 2600 the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceb...
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Adam Gazzaley
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An Unkindness Of Ghosts
Rivers Solomon - Oct 03, 2017
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Odd-mannered, obsessive, withdrawn, Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak. She's used to the names; she only wishes there was more truth to them. If she were truly a monster, as they accuse, she'd be powerful enough to tear down the walls around her until nothing remained of her world, save for sto...
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Tananarive Due
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Trading in Danger
Elizabeth Moon - Aug 31, 2004 (first published in 2003)
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Kylara Vatta is the only daughter in a family full of sons, and her father's only child to buck tradition by choosing a military career instead of joining the family business. For Ky, it's no contest: Even running the prestigious Vatta Transport Ltd. shipping concern can't hold a candle to shipping out as an officer aboard an interstellar cruiser. ...
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Cities in Flight
James Blish - Jan 04, 2005 (first published in 1970)
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Originally published in four volumes nearly fifty years ago, Cities in Flight brings together the famed "Okie novels" of science fiction master James Blish. Named after the migrant workers of America's Dust Bowl, these novels convey Blish's "history of the future," a brilliant and bleak look at a world where cities roam the Galaxy looking for work ...
Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
ThrawnStar Wars by Timothy Zahn
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
Excession by Iain M. Banks
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds
Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks
Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds
Duel in the Dark by Jay Allan
Vacuum diagrams by Stephen Baxter
The Killing of Worlds by Scott Westerfeld
The Rise of Skywalker by Rae Carson
Gray Lensman by Edward E. Smith
Galactic Patrol by Edward E. Smith
Tiamat's Wrath by James S. A. Corey
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
Dark Age by Pierce Brown
A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold
Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey
Persepolis Rising by James S. A. Corey
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Exhalation by Ted Chiang
Caliban's War by James S. A. Corey
Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks
Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Companions by R. A. Salvatore
The Evolutionary Void by Peter F. Hamilton
The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
Chains of Command by Marko Kloos
Young Miles by Lois McMaster Bujold
Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Honor Among Enemies by David Weber
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
Look to Windward by Iain M. Banks
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
Echoes of Honor by David Weber
Flag in Exile by David Weber
In Enemy Hands by David Weber
The Honor of the Queen by David Weber
The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks
Field of Dishonor by David Weber
Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold
Mission of Honor by David Weber
The Star Wars Trilogy by George Lucas
The Naked God by Peter F. Hamilton
Ep.# 11 - "Born of the Ashes" by Ryk Brown
Ep.#12 - "Rise of the Alliance" by Ryk Brown
Ep.#6 - "Head of the Dragon" by Ryk Brown
Ep.#15 - "That Which Other Men Cannot Do" by Ryk Brown
Miles, Mystery & Mayhem by Lois McMaster Bujold
Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold
At All Costs by David Weber
Line War by Neal Asher
Ep.#14 - "The Weak and the Innocent" by Ryk Brown
Ep.#5 - "Rise of the Corinari" by Ryk Brown
Ashes of Victory by David Weber
Ep.#13 - "A Show of Force" by Ryk Brown
Ep.#8 - "Celestia by Ryk Brown
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher
Polity Agent by Neal Asher
Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal
Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray
The Ender Quartet Boxed Set by Orson Scott Card
Seven of Infinities by Aliette de Bodard
The Expanse by James S. A. Corey
The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin
The Technician by Neal Asher
The Colossus by Jay Allan
Orbus by Neal Asher
Ep.#4 - "Freedom's Dawn" by Ryk Brown
Balance Of Trade by Sharon Lee
The Skinner by Neal Asher
Heris Serrano by Elizabeth Moon
Brass Man by Asher
The Line of Polity by Neal Asher
Delta-v by Daniel Suarez
Ep.#3 - "The Legend of Corinair" by Ryk Brown
Legionnaire by Jason Anspach
The Culture Boxed Set by Iain M. Banks