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Initial post: 1 Jan 2012, 14:28:01 GMT
Ged says:
Banks, Reynolds, Hamilton, etc. Masters of Space Opera. Can anyone ouy there recommend anyone of similar quality I might have missed. I have scoured the Kindle and found a few good reads but also a lot of stuff that would never get published without this medium. Surely there are hidden jems and new authors out there destined to hit the heights. Any suggestions?

Posted on 1 Jan 2012, 15:37:48 GMT
Anita says:
Not new and not a hidden gem, but have you read the Honor Harrington series by David Weber? The first one "On Basilisk Station" is (at least was) free on Baen books. It's a big series, and I can't say for all of it, but the first 4 or 5 books are really good

Posted on 11 Jan 2012, 11:13:58 GMT
Jack Dash says:
Its an oldie and a bit dated but try the Lensman series by EE Doc Smith.

Posted on 12 Jan 2012, 14:18:07 GMT
I am quite enjoying Dan Worth's 'Progenitors' series, which I got for the Kindle; space-battles, aliens with mysterious agendas, strange ancient races, AIs, and dark secrets from millions of years ago. It worked for me.

Posted on 12 Jan 2012, 15:35:23 GMT
Christopher Anvil's "Interstellar Patrol" stories, available from Baen. In fact, all his books, which Baen are republishing. Read them originally in the Good Old Days in Analogue magazine when SF was SF! (Sorry, showing my age a bit.....)

Posted on 13 Jan 2012, 23:23:53 GMT
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse Series)

This has been the best space opera I have read in years. Gripping story and superb believable characters, who behave like real people would behave when confronted with the extraordinary events depicted in this story.

Posted on 15 Jan 2012, 20:42:22 GMT
Randolph Lalondes Spin-ward fringe is very good

Posted on 17 Jan 2012, 13:52:02 GMT
Elizabeth Moon's books are excellent.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2012, 15:43:23 GMT
Elijah Hope says:
Why don't you try the Gap series by Donaldson, excellent stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2012, 23:37:42 GMT
Balveda says:
Yeah the gap series is great if you enjoy reading warped descriptions of rape over and over. The first book is the only book i've ever read that i thought should come with some kind of warning.

Posted on 18 Jan 2012, 16:10:55 GMT
Ken O'Neill says:
Let me second Jack Dash's suggestion of the Lensmen series. True, some of it's dated, but other bits are ground-breaking stuff:-
1) The true to life description of the WW2 explosives plant in Triplanetary. Ok, he didn't have the head-butting with management over QC, but I know what I'm talking about there; my grandfather held a similar post to that Kinneson in WW2.
2) The idea of spacecraft topping out due to drag; this wasn't known in 1950, but is correct science.

Also, I'd second Elizabeth Moon's space opera (eg Vatta's War), but note that some of her books are more hard SF and character-driven (eg Speed of Dark {I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to understand autism though} and Remnant Population).

Posted on 18 Jan 2012, 16:56:54 GMT
Alien Girl says:
I second Spinward Fringe

Posted on 18 Jan 2012, 17:16:14 GMT
R. S. Chaney says:
John Meaney's ongoing Ragnarok trilogy & his earlier Nulapeiron series are well worth checking into.

Posted on 18 Jan 2012, 17:19:32 GMT
A customer says:
Hyperion Cantos Hyperion (GollanczF.)

Posted on 18 Jan 2012, 22:29:22 GMT
Cr Walch says:
I have the same problem and am counting down the days till their respective next books come out.

Have you tried The Ethos Effect by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. It really is the next best thing to Morgan, or I am just starting Veteran by Gavin Smith to get my next sci fi fix, it seems ok but a bit sub par to the masters of the genre.

Posted on 24 Jan 2012, 05:12:34 GMT
A. Fox says:
Has to be The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons. Truly fantastic!

Posted on 24 Jan 2012, 05:28:53 GMT
Definitely Hyperion Cantos. I'll admit I didn't like the second set (Endymion, Rise of Endymion) quite as much, but the first two are quite, quite good.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2012, 11:10:40 GMT
Andrew says:
try robert silverberg -- james p hogan -- l neil smith my pick start with the genesis machine or inherit the stars or the propability broach

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2012, 06:03:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jan 2012, 06:05:23 GMT
A. Fox says:
I loved all of the Hyperion Cantos, but my favourite one was The Fall of Hyperion. Particularly as it described the anarchy on the worlds throughout the Worldweb when the farcasters were destroyed. Terrifying!!

Posted on 25 Jan 2012, 23:56:13 GMT
Another oldie is George O Smith and his two volume work - Venus Equilateral. Worth the read if you can find it!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2012, 09:34:38 GMT
What about Isaac Asimovs 'Foundation'series?

Posted on 26 Jan 2012, 23:32:06 GMT
B. J. Morgan says:
Yes, I'd go with the classic 'Foundation' series or for something totally retro the 'Skylark of Space' or 'Lensman' series by E.E. Doc Smith.

Posted on 27 Jan 2012, 11:48:26 GMT
Ken O'Neill says:
The Skylark series is fun yes - IIRC "The Skylark of Space", "Skylark 3", "Skylark of Valeron" and "Skylark DuQuesne" in chronological order.

Posted on 28 Jan 2012, 21:40:01 GMT
I also recommend Dan Simmons' Hyperion Cantos and John Meaney's Nulapeiron series.

Posted on 5 Mar 2012, 16:07:18 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Mar 2012, 22:30:22 GMT
A new space-opera writer I have recently discovered is William J Benning with his first novel "First Admiral" - he doesn't do bad language or sexual content; so it's OK for younger readers. Plus, there are a few good female characters - not the obligatory "tough guy women" or the "Damsel in Distress" version !
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