The Space Opera Renaissance

The Space Opera Renaissance

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"Space opera," once a derisive term for cheap pulp adventure, has come to mean something more in modern SF: compelling adventure stories told against a broad canvas, and written to the highest level of skill. Indeed, it can be argued that the "new space opera" is one of the defining streams of modern SF. World Fantasy Award-winning anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer have compiled a definitive overview of this subgenre, both as it was in the days of the pulp magazines, and as it has become since. Included are major works from genre progenitors like Jack Williamson and Leigh Brackett, stylish mid-century voices like Cordwainer Smith and Samuel R. Delany, popular favorites like David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Ursula K. Le Guin, and modern-day pioneers such as Iain M. Banks, Steven Baxter, Scott Westerfeld, and Charles Stross.
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  • Paperback | 941 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 43.18mm | 929.86g
  • Orb Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765306182
  • 9780765306180
  • 956,981

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"We are in the hands of a loving expert."
--John Updike on "The World Treasury of SF"

"An editor extraordinaire."
--"Publishers Weekly" on David G. Hartwell

"One of the definitive anthologies of the genre."
--"Des Moines Register" on "The Science Fiction Century"

"Demonstrates the fact that science fiction is alive and well in the '90s...A fine addition of any science fiction collection."
--VOYA on "Visions of Wonder"
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