Well, it’s clear that space opera is making a comeback! It’s too bad they don’t seem to notice that none of these themes are new.
Thanks to their folkloric storytelling and galaxy-spanning scale, “space operas” have always been near to science fiction’s heart. Even the chilliest of them – Olaf Stapledon’s Last and First Men, written 87 years ago – can still bring a lump to the throat. Subsequent writers have pretzelled space opera into countless unexpected shapes. Think of the broad satire of Harry Harrison’s Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers, or the psychogeographical horror underpinning Light by M. John Harrison. And those are just the “H”s.
Read the full article at New Scientist.