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  • Audio CD: 19 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482913860
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482913866
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 4.8 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,118,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Highly recommended!" -- Greg Bear

Highly recommended! --Greg Bear

"Dynamic and exciting, THE NEW SPACE OPERA is...an essential roadmap to the cutting edge of SF today..."--Charles Stross

."..Dozois and Strahan bring together some of the finest writers in the field..."--Vernor Vinge

"Highly recommended!"--Greg Bear

"This anthology is a reminder of why science fiction captured the hearts and minds of generations of generations of readers."--Orson Scott Card

"In sheer breathtaking, mind-expanding scope, this collection ... delivers hours of exhilarating reading."--Booklist

"One of the best anthologies ever assembled by this most prolific of science fiction editors...."--Joe Haldeman

..".Dozois and Strahan bring together some of the finest writers in the field..."--Vernor Vinge

Dynamic and exciting, THE NEW SPACE OPERA is...an essential roadmap to the cutting edge of SF today... --Charles Stross"

One of the best anthologies ever assembled by this most prolific of science fiction editors.... --Joe Haldeman"

Highly recommended! --Greg Bear"

...Dozois and Strahan bring together some of the finest writers in the field... --Vernor Vinge"

This anthology is a reminder of why science fiction captured the hearts and minds of generations of generations of readers. --Orson Scott Card"

In sheer breathtaking, mind-expanding scope, this collection ... delivers hours of exhilarating reading. --Booklist" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Gardner Dozois, one of the most acclaimed editors in science-fiction, has won the Hugo Award for Best Editor 15 times. He was the editor of "Asimov s Science Fiction Magazine" for 20 years. He is the editor of the "Year s Best Science Fiction" anthologies and co-editor of the "Warrior" anthologies, "Songs of the Dying Earth", and many others. As a writer, Dozois twice won the Nebula Award for best short story. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Jonathan Strahan has co-edited The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy series of anthologies for HarperCollins Australia, co-edits the Science Fiction: The Best of . . . and Fantasy: The Best of . . . anthology series with Karen Haber for Simon & Schuster/ibooks, edits the Best Short Novels anthology series for the Doubleday Science Fiction Book Club, and co-edited The Locus Awards for Eos with Charles N. Brown. He is also the Reviews Editor for Locus: The Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Fields, and reviews for the magazine regularly. He is currently working on The New Space Opera II. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Ah, the advantages of time travel. Fresh back from the future I've been able to read the imaginatively titled sequel volume "New Space Opera 2".

In the introduction to part deux the editors try to hang a lampshade on the main weakness of this first volume. They disingenuously declare that, oh no, they had no intention to create "a moment-defining book". The "ink spilled" by anyone who felt the stories didn't meet their personal definition of "New Space Opera" was clearly an unfortunate side-effect of the publisher's attempt to soak excess cash from gullible fan-boys by cynically re-branding what was probably originally and innocently called "Just A Bunch of Rockin' Stories By Us Mates" with a more zeitgeist-y, meme-y title.

The stories are, indeed, generally rockin' and come from a solid set of A-list sf writers.

I originally started to read the book years ago, flushed with gullibly exploited enthusiasm, but gave up when I realised what was ostensibly a New Space Opera collection was actually "not so much". Years passed, and I picked it up again in Spring 2015 with only faint and foggy memories of the reason I'd put it aside. I skimmed the first half quickly, because all but one of the stories were strong enough to jump back into clear focus within a paragraph or two. (If you're asking, "Saving Tiamatt" was the one that didn't quite ring a bell, because there's quite a long tail past the initial hook.)

The sad truth, though, is that the stories feature few if any of the core memes of New Space Opera.
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This collections is meaty, varied, variously fun and clever.

There are so many good stories that listing highlights seems a bit futile, but for me these would be Ian McDonald's surreal high concept "Verthandi's Ring", Tony Daniel's semi-fantastical, far-future romance "The Valley of the Gardens", Alastair Reynold's "Minla's Flowers", a decades-spanning tragedy with a strangely Lilliputian feel, Robert Silverberg's addictive and perceptive "The Emperor and the Maula", and the excellently paced, caddish romp "Send Them Flowers" by Walter Jon Williams, whose the character who at first might be taken for the comic relief, Tonio, quickly steals the show.

"Muse of Fire" by Dan Simmons deserves special attention. It features an old-fashioned travelling Shakespearian troupe somehow surviving in an empire of human slaves devoid of all other culture and stripped of their homeworld, as they climb a hierarchy of alien powers to perform a series of the Bard's works with escalating importance to the future. It walks the line between ridiculous and sublime with absolute and expert poise, and serves beautifully as a climactic championing of the human spirit in a science fiction world, and a defence of great poetry in the broadest sense.

I liked the plot but ultimately found the mother in Nancy Kress's "Art of War" offputtingly one-dimensional. Stephen Baxter's "Remembrance" was good and will probably mean more to those who've read the Xeelee series (it's early in that timeline, apparently).

Obviously there has been science fiction in short story form for a very long time. However, I tend to think of the label "space opera" as applying to a longer format: novels, or multiply franchised TV series, for example. An opera is not a single musical piece, after all.
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"The New Space Opera", jointly edited by Asimov's Science Fiction magazine editor Gardner Dozois and Australian science fiction editor Jonathan Strahan, is a vivid reminder that the classic science fiction subgenre of space opera, perhaps best known to millions via "Star Trek" and "Star Wars", remains alive and well. In this assembled volume are fast-paced, often enthralling, tales from long-time masters like Robert Silverberg, Gregory Benford, Walter Jon Williams and Dan Simmons, joined by the next generation of great science fiction writers like Robert Reed, Paul J. McAuley, and Alastair Reynolds. Many of these stories could count as superb examples of science fiction literature, with exquisitely written prose, crisp dialogue and fine depictions of characters and their settings. One of the most captivating is Reynolds's "Minla's Flowers", an especially haunting tale about first contact which disastrous consequences for both the visiting alien and the inhabitants of the world he's crash-landed. Another memorable one is Gregory Benford's near future interplanetary space opera tale, "The Worm Turns". All told there are eighteen tales demonstrating that this is not the space opera of yesteryear, but instead, one replete with consistently elegant prose and to wonder and to dream about the human condition set against the vast canvas of space itself, with far more subtlety than seen in space opera's "Golden Age" in the first half of the 20th Century; without question both Dozois and Strahan offer a most persuasive case that the science fiction subgenre of space opera is enjoying its true "Golden Age" now.
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