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The Space Opera Megapack: 20 Modern and Classic Science Fiction Tales
 
 

The Space Opera Megapack: 20 Modern and Classic Science Fiction Tales [Kindle Edition]

John W. Campbell , Jay Lake
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The Space Opera Megapack collects 20 classic and modern stories, ranging from galaxy-spanning epics by E.E. "Doc" Smith and John W. Campbell, Jr. to modern interpretations by Jay Lake, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Tim Sullivan, and more! Included are:


BREATH’S DUTY, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

SPAWN OF JUPITER, by E. C. Tubb

KILLER ADVICE, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

THE WORLD WITH A THOUSAND MOONS by Edmond Hamilton

THE SKYLARK OF SPACE, by E.E. “Doc” Smith

DEADLINE IN SPACE, by John Russell Fearn

PLANETESIMAL DAWN, by Tim Sullivan

THE WEIGHT OF HISTORY, THE LIGHTNESS OF THE FUTURE, by Jay Lake

BIG PILL, by Raymond Z. Gallun

WHERE ARE YOU, MR. BIGGS?, by Nelson S. Bond

THE SKY TRAP, by Frank Belknap Long

CHANGE OF COMMAND, by Jean Lorrah

TULAN, by C.C. MacApp

THE BLACK STAR PASSES, by John W. Campbell, Jr.

THE GALAXY PRIMES, by E.E. “Doc” Smith

TARRANO THE CONQUEROR, by Ray Cummings

THE SARGASSO OF SPACE, by Edmond Hamilton

SALVAGE IN SPACE, by Jack Williamson

THE ULTIMATE WEAPON, by John W. Campbell, Jr.

INVADERS FROM THE OUTER SUNS, by Frank Belknap Long, Jr.


And if you enjoy this volume, don't forget to search your favorite ebook store for "Wildside Press Megapack" to see all the other entries in this great series, covering science fiction, fantasy, horror, mysteries, westerns, classics -- and much, much more!


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2296 KB
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (7 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K6Y240E
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really what I was expecting 12 Nov 2014
By Ian
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I suppose it depends on your understanding of the term "space opera". According to Wikipedia it means any story set mostly in space, but my own expectation was more along the lines of the far-reaching galaxy-spanning yarns set in a far future.

Only a few of the stories are of the type I expected. On the other hand, several of the others are enjoyable anyway. What I do find odd is that a few of them barely get into space at all. For example, Killer Advice, a quirky murder-mystery set entirely on a space-station, is not in reality space-related. I'll forgive it because it is quite entertaining, but it's a stretch for this compilation.

The first story, Breath's Duty, does in fact follow my assumed interpretation of space opera but, being first, I imagine it may put many readers off the whole compilation because it resorts to the (I feel) cheesy style of naming everything with unpronounceable names full of apostrophes. A reasonable read though, if you can live with the style.

Several of the stories are really quite old for SF, dating from between 1930 and 1950. The era has a particular style that reminds me of a cross between steampunk and Sherlock Holmes. Visions of a future of casual space travel from a time before transistors, satellites and computers can try the credence of the modern mind, yet in some ways the degree of imagination in these is greater than some of the others. Despite being of a generally scientific mind myself, I found some of the endless exposition of "how stuff works" (particularly in The Black Star Passes) to be tiresome enough to not complete the stories.

Overall, whilst there are some decent, even good, stories here, at least half are mediocre or badly dated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars some old favourites 2 Jun 2014
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these E books are astonishing value even if there is the odd typo , I had virtually stopped reading SF so the modern titles are a good signpost to current authors
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loads of Good SciFi 24 Jun 2014
By JohnMac
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Generally a good read, plenty of stories to jump in and out of. Its not Shakespear just a bit of fantasy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Space opera Megapack 8 Aug 2014
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John Carter of Mars meets Flash Gordon! A collection of Sci-Fi stories written in the past when their future was somewhat different to the one we see nowadays. Great stories, well written and most enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 July 2014
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Great for old s/f fans like me
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read, time well spent, would reccommend 19 Sep 2014
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good read, time well spent, would reccommend
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