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12 space opera stories worth reading

spaceopera
Illustration by Chris McGrath

I don’t know about you, but I love a good space opera. I know faster than light travel will in all likelihood never happen but it makes for darn fine fiction. I grew up with Star Wars and a stack of middle grade science fiction books that didn’t give a darn about the science. I adored Firefly and whenever a space opera movie is running in the theaters I am there. Good space opera to me is all about the plot, the drama, the characters and not about the science of their spaceships. However really interesting space opera play with the implications on society of the world building they have set up. They ask the what-if questions of science fiction but doesn’t let the science slow down the story one bit. I have picked out the best I have read in the genre. I am drawn to strong female characters so expect those. I have mixed in books, comics and short stories and novellas. Enjoy!

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Books and stories I enjoyed in 2013

BOOK_by_FotunaI was inspired by Gail Carriger to do a post about what I enjoyed in 2013. This will be a mix of short stories, books and comics I enjoyed last year. Since I didn’t start this blog til September last year, I will draw on my goodreads reviews as well as the posts here.

As I said in an earlier post I read 87 books last year and GoodReads says I read 151 things all together, so I had plenty to choose from. I have decided that if I only read the newest book in the series this year, I might still recommend the series because I love long series. The reads are in no particular order.

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Day 2, story 2: The Bones of Giants

17131859Title: The Bones of Giants
Author: Yoon Ha Lee
Published: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction 2009, reprinted in Conservation of Shadows by Prime Books 2013
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Novelette
Reading time: 30 – 40 min

I read this as part of my reading challenge: 25 short stories in 25 days.

I really enjoy Yoon Ha Lee’s stories in general. I read a number of them in Clarkesworld Magazine over the last year and I ended up buying her short story collection Conservation of Shadows. This is the first story I have read from it, so far.

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