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Excellent Overview of Modern Space Opera,
This review is from: The New Space Opera (Mass Market Paperback)
"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.