Best Space Opera Books

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Our pick of some of the top space opera science fiction books out there. Keep in mind that most space opera books come as a series. This is a public list; vote on the entries and/or submit new entries to the list to have the public vote on them. Books are ranked by YOUR votes.
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The Centauri Device

by M. John Harrison

John Truck was to outward appearances just another lowlife spaceship captain. But he was also the last of the Centaurans ' or at least, half of him was ' which meant that he was the only person who could operate the Centauri Device, a sentient bomb which might hold the key to settling a vicious space war. M. John Harrison's classic novel turns the conventions of space opera on their head, and is written with the precision and brilliance for which is famed.
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by Kim Stanley Robinson

Nebula
BSFA
Hugo
Locus Science Fiction
John W. Campbell
Arthur C. Clarke
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Newton\'s Wake

by Ken MacLeod

With visionary epics like The Stone Canal, The Cassini Division, and Cosmonaut Keep, award-winning Scottish author Ken MacLeod has led a revolution in contemporary science fiction, blending cutting edge science and razor-sharp political insights with pure, over-the-top interstellar adventure. Now MacLeod takes this heady mix to a new level with a stunning new SF masterwork--Newton's Wake.

In the aftermath of the Hard Rapture--a cataclysmic war sparked by the explosive evolution of Earth's artificial intelligences into godlike beings--a few remnants of humanity managed to survive. Some even prospered.

Lucinda Carlyle, head of an ambitious clan of galactic entrepreneurs, had carved out a profitable niche for herself and her kin by taking control of the Skein, a chain of interplanetary star-gates left behind by the posthumans. But on a world called Eurydice, a remote planet at the farthest rim of the galaxy, Lucinda stumbled upon a forgotten relic of the past that could threaten her way of life.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

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Odin's Eye

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Schismatrix

by Bruce Sterling

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Schismatrix Plus, is Bruce Sterling's new trade paperback. For the first time in one volume: every word Bruce Sterling has ever written on the Shapers-Mechanists Universe.

In the last decade, Sterling has emerged a pioneer of crucial, cutting-edge science fiction. Now Ace Books is proud to offer Sterling's stunning world of the Schismatrix--where Shaper revolutionaries struggle against aristocratic Mechanists for ultimate control of man's destiny. This volume includes the classic full-length novel, Schismatrix, plus thousands of words of mind-bending short fiction.
Nebula
BSFA
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Raft

by S.A. Bodeen

Robie is an experienced traveler. She’s taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there’s a new co-pilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesn’t panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees Max struggle with a raft.

And then . . . she’s in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and that’s when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But there’s no sign of help on the way.

The Raft is a thrilling novel of survival from award-winning author S.A. Bodeen.

Arthur C. Clarke
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The Quiet War

by Paul McAuley

Arthur C. Clarke
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Anonymous | 2014-10-17 04:22:49
Had to add a couple of titles by Grand Master Jack Vance. He was atypical, even denied writing science fiction at all, but his Gaean Reach books are space opera by any definition, and some of the most entertaining ever.
Anonymous | 2014-07-28 02:33:36
Really liking the Liaden universe by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.
Anonymous | 2013-09-25 10:11:22
Quite a few of my favourites on here. How about Christopher Rowley's War for Eternity and Starhammer? Enjoyed those just as much as Consider Phlebas.

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