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The First Trailer for Syfy's Vagrant Queen Promises a Sassy Space Opera Adventure

A queen on the run. A deadbeat. A mechanic. And a whole galaxy looking to shoot ‘em, or hunt ‘em down, or toss ‘em out the airlock. Sounds like fun. Read more...
Tags: Science, Syfy, Space Opera, Magdalene Visaggio, Vagrant Queen

In the Beginning, or the First Ten Books I Reviewed on the Blog

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl It's been awhile, but this topic was too good to pass up. When I thought about it, I genuinely could not recall which were the first ten books I actually reviewed here on the blog. So then, of course, I had to know. The thing is, I originally started the whole thing simply posting a once a month list of my favorite reads and rereads of the month. That went on for some time until lo and behold I went ahead and wrote and po...
Tags: Books, Review, Fantasy, Blog, Lists, Young Adult, Space Opera, Meme, Historical Fiction, Top Ten, Urban Fantasy, Contemporary Fiction, Retelling, My Books, Top Ten Tuesday

I absolutely loved Becky Chambers' 'The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet'

Recently, I noticed Becky Chambers' runaway hit The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet was available via Kindle Unlimited. I regret having waited so long to read this widely acclaimed novel. A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is every 'meet the crew of a special spaceship' space opera you've read. The phenomenal world-building and super-fantastic characters are perfect for the genre. Chambers, however, addresses issues of race, gender and civil rights in such a straight-forward 'Welcome to a ...
Tags: Books, News, Review, Space Opera, Chambers, Becky Chambers, Long Way, Rosemary Harper Rosemary

Old School Wednesdays: A Matter of Oaths by Helen S. Wright

Old School Wednesdays is a regular Book Smuggler feature. We came up with the idea towards the end of 2012, when both Ana and Thea were feeling exhausted from the never-ending inundation of New and Shiny (and often over-hyped) books. What better way to snap out of a reading fugue than to take a mini-vacation into the past? Logo designed by the wonderful KMont Title: A Matter of Oaths Author: Helen S. Wright Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Bloomsbury Caravel Publication date: First published...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Book Reviews, Space Opera, Ana, Becky Chambers, Thea, John Scalzi, Rafe, 8 Rated Books, Old School Wednesdays, Helen S Wright, Rallya, Ann Leckie Yoon Ha Lee, Bhattya, Joshin

Seedship: a text-adventure generation-ship game

In Seedship, you play a colony ship's AI, piloting a thousand hibernating colonists through unimaginably vast stretches of space, scanning candidate planets and deciding whether or not to found a colony there. (more…)
Tags: Post, Science Fiction, Games, News, Choose Your Own Adventure, Ai, Space Opera, Text Adventures, Generation Ships

Twenty Years Later, StarCraft's Story is Still an Engrossing Take on Space Opera

StarCraft was unveiled to the world twenty years ago, and in the time since it’s become a legendary fixture of the competitive gaming scene. Which makes it easy to forget that it’s also a fantastic space opera.Read more...
Tags: Science Fiction, Science, Storytelling, Space Opera, Starcraft

May the Fourth be with you

How do I love thee, Star Wars? Let me count the ways …. Yoda’s syntax. Han Solo (always). Chewy can put androids back together again with furry paws. Leia takes … Continue reading →
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Science Fiction, Cinema, Space Opera, Leia, Fiction:21st century, Entries by Kate, Fiction: dystopian, Fiction: science fiction, Fiction: 20th Century, Fiction: young adult, Fiction: romance

Over at Kirkus: Cloak of War by Rhonda Mason

It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today it’s Thea’s turn, and today she catches up with a sequel she missed out on at the end of last year… Thea LOVED the first book in this series (The Empress Game) and finally caught up with Kayla, Isonde, and Malkor in this second book… and she really liked it. Get the full scoop here. The post Over at Kirkus: Cloak of War by Rhonda Mason appeared first on The Book Smugglers.
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Book Reviews, Space Opera, Kirkus, Thea, 7 Rated Books, Kirkus Today

Review | Winter by Marissa Meyer

It's funny, the timing of books. It's so funny. I've been sitting on for around about a year now. And it's been well over two since I reviewed Cress. You'll remember, I was not what you might call a "fan" of that book, which partly explains why I waited so dashed long to start Winter. It's just that I was such a genuine fan of the first two books. Scarlet is perfect, in my opinion. And as I was most displeased with Wolf and Scarlet's treatment in (to say nothing of the, shall we call it "ph...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Winter, Review, Snow White, Meyer, Young Adult, Space Opera, Fairy Tales, Wolf, Capitol, Scarlet, Thorne, Cress, Carina, Marissa Meyer

Stephen Bannon Once Wrote a Movie About Shakespearean Space Fucking

Stephen Bannon, the future Chief Strategist for the next President of the United States, once wrote a film script where Shakespearean characters fuck in outer space.Read more...
Tags: Science, United States, Shakespeare, Space Opera, Stephen Bannon

Bibliocrack Review | Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I somehow neglected to write a review of when I read it last year. It may have had something to do with my response to the novel, which was complex. I was completely riveted to the page throughout. In fact, I swallowed it in a single night. However, I wasn't sure if it would prove to be a re-read for me, primarily because I felt a distance between myself and the characters. The separation enforced by the epistolary format, on top of the protagonists' themselves separation for the majority of ...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Review, Young Adult, Space Opera, Nik, Ezra, Hanna, Arc, Merrick, GEMINA, Bibliocrack, Kady, Heimdall, Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman

Jon Hunter is still at it in 'Hero at the Gates'

Timothy Ellis' galaxy spanning space opera continues in Hero at the Gates! We're 9 damn books in and the central plot is finally about to get past its prelude! I've really enjoyed this massive story. 9 novels ago Jon Hunter was a wet behind the ears kid on board his uncle's space trader. Now he's the Admiral of his own massive space flotilla, and ruler of several sections of space. The massive reveal about what the hell is going on, and what part Team Slinky Red Jumpsuits is going to play in it...
Tags: Books, News, Review, Book, Space Opera, Jon, Timothy Ellis

Rogue One – Star Wars Celebration Reel – Oh my Cthulhu! EPIC!

Right folks, I guess I just leave this here. Enjoy… Just Enjoy… The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Celebration Reel… R’lyeh is rising soon because not even Cthulhu would want to miss that one!    
Tags: Art, Star Wars, Science Fiction, Film, Cthulhu, Space Opera, Rogue One

George Takei Isn't Too Keen on Sulu Being Gay But for Very Specific Reasons

On Thursday, the news broke that, in a nod to George Takei, Star Trek Beyond would quietly show the character of Hikaru Sulu as a married gay man raising a daughter. Cool! Only, George Takei disapproves.Read more...
Tags: News, Star Trek, Space Opera, Gene Roddenberry, Chris Pine, John Cho, Sulu, George Takei, Hikaru Sulu

A fast, indie space opera for summer

Don't let the cover art scare you away! The Chronicles of Benjamin Jamison are fun, hero beats the odds, space opera fun. In Thomas Wright's first installment, Call Sign Reaper, we meet familiar characters, then and head off on a familiar plot! Retired special forces type space guy Ben was drummed out of the service on trumped up charges. Instead of disappearing to the Los Angeles underground, he spends a couple months off. Ben is recruited back into service via a bar fight, and an attractive...
Tags: Review, Los Angeles, Space Opera, Don, Ben, Thomas Wright

The Hunter Legacy, a great big huge space opera

Author Timothy Ellis really enjoyed his time in the 1980's, and his Hunter series is certainly pays homage. This, riddled with 80's references, space opera feels like it shouldn't work, but I've had a hard time putting down my kindle. Backwater bumpkin, 16-year-old Jonathon Hunter, leaves his isolated world of Outback, in the Australian sector of space, and is instantly thrust into the spotlight! Hunter barely saves himself, and mistakenly saves a bunch of other folks, during a pirate attack ...
Tags: Post, Books, Space Opera, Hunter, Ellis, Jane, Timothy Ellis, Jonathon Hunter

There’s Only One Way You Could Personally Visit an Exoplanet

Sorry, Han Solo and Mr. Sulu. Based on everything we know right now, you’ll never be able to punch a button and travel through “hyperspace,” or go to warp speed. Traveling faster than light is almost certainly impossible. According to scientists, the only way you could personally visit other stars is by taking a long, long nap.Read more...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Space, Writing, Fiction, Space Opera, Karl Schroeder, Alastair Reynolds, Faster Than Light, Hyperspace, Wormholes, Cryogenics, Cryosleep, Stasis

George Lucas' Wild Theory About the Narrator of Star Wars Makes So Much Sense

We all know who the main characters of George Lucas’ six Star Wars films are: Anakin Skywalker, his son and daughter, and their friends. But who’s the narrator? Turns out Lucas had a crazy theory that makes total sense.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Movies, Space Opera, George Lucas, Lucas, Anakin Skywalker, Chris Taylor

How To Get Into Star Trek If You Only Know the J.J. Abrams Movies

Star Trek has a proud and complicated history , including six TV shows and stories in every medium. But to a whole generation of people, it’s just two movies. J.J. Abrams’ film reboot reached the biggest audience Star Trek had seen since the 1990s. So if you only know these two films, how do you get into the rest of Trek?Read more...
Tags: Comics, Games, Television, Movies, Star Trek, Jj Abrams, Space Opera, J J Abrams

A Brand New Star Wars VR Experience Put Me on Tatooine and It Was Incredible

Yesterday, I stood on Tatooine, under two suns, and watched the Millennium Falcon land. This was the first-ever demo of Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine, the new virtual reality “experience” from Industrial Light and Magic’s ILMxLab. It was awesome—and then I got to swing a lightsaber.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Games, Movies, Jj Abrams, Animation, Virtual Reality, Lucasfilm, Space Opera, Gareth Edwards, Trials on Tatooine, Ilmxlab, Star Wars Trials On Tatooine, Industrial Light And Magic, John Gaeta, Vicki Dobbs Beck, Rob Bredow

33 Secrets You Probably Never Knew About the Making of Galaxy Quest

Galaxy Quest could have been a forgettable Star Trek spoof—but instead, it’s become a beloved science fiction comedy, which has been voted one of the best Star Trek movies of all time. How did this miracle happen? Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about the making of Galaxy Quest.Read more...
Tags: Movies, Superlist, Star Trek, Space Opera, Galaxy Quest, Cult Movie Profile

Nathan Lowell's "Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper"

I wanted a Space Opera, and found Nathan Lowell's series Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper. I've spent 2 weeks reading through the series, and am worried about what I'll do when I reach the end! Lowell's space trading epic follows the career of Ishmael Horatio Wang, cast adrift by the untimely death of his Mother and meal-ticket, in the apparently trade focused Confederation. Wang finds a berth on a solar clipper, and joins the spacer culture. As he rises through the ranks we meet...
Tags: Books, Review, Space Opera, Lowell, Wang, Nathan Lowell, Ishmael Horatio Wang, Piers Anthony Lowell

Here's Your Exclusive First Look Of Kameron Hurley's Upcoming Novel The Stars Are Legion

Kameron Hurley is one of the more exciting authors to break into the science fiction publishing field in recent years. Her upcoming book, The Stars Are Legion is one of our most anticipated books this year , and we have an exclusive first look at it!Read more...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Fiction, Literature, Space Opera, Excerpts, Kameron Hurley, The Stars Are Legion, Saga Press, Stars Are Legion

"The Expanse" Doesn't Transcend Its Genre. And That's Okay.

By Isaac Butler (This will contain spoilers for The Expanse) The Syfy network has made some big bets for scripted television this season, and at least one of them, The Expanse, has paid off and then some. What started as an unevenly acted show that cared about plot at the expense of all else has evolved over its ten episodes into an unevenly acted but riveting thriller of interplanetary intrigue. Which is why it’s so odd to read a rave review of it based on the idea that it is good because it “r...
Tags: Television, Iraq, Star Trek, Space Opera, Larry Niven, Miller, Battlestar, Whedon, Quantum Leap, Isaac Butler, Sam Spade, Gene Rodenberry, Rodenberry, Voyager Picard, Ronald D Moore, Western and Space Opera

The Essential Difference Between Star Wars and Star Trek

Star Wars is bigger than ever, and we’re celebrating 50 years of Star Trek. This is a great time to be a fan of space action. But these two universes are actually very different, and I have a theory about why. Star Wars is about fighting the Man, and Star Trek is about being the Man.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Television, Movies, Star Trek, Space Opera, George Lucas, Essay, Gene Roddenberry

10 Things That Star Trek Got Right (That Have Never Been Copied)

This year is the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, and even after five decades there has never been another series like Gene Roddenberry’s brainchild. We’ve had plenty of spaceship shows since 1966, but some things about Trek remained unique. Here are 10 Star Trek achievements that nobody else managed to pull off.Read more...
Tags: Books, Comics, Television, Movies, Superlist, Star Trek, Space Opera, Editors Picks, Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek Got Right That Have Never Been Copied

What's Going On With Firefly Online?

We may never get another live-action Firefly movie or TV show. So every bit of Firefly media that we do get is precious—and that explains why Browncoats became so excited about Firefly Online, the online role-playing game. But what’s become of this project?Read more...
Tags: Games, Television, Movies, Firefly, Space Opera, Joss Whedon, Firefly Online, Serenity, John Oneill, Spark Plug Games, Browncoats