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Beyond Star Wars: Space Opera Classics

Here are some big fat sci-fi classics that look at the big picture...
Gradisil
Adam Roberts is professor of nineteenth-century literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of six novels: Salt (2000), On (2001), Stone (2002), Polystom (2003), The Snow (2004), and Gradisil (2006), and two novellas Park Polar (2
Foundation
To this day, I use "Seldon" crises as an analogy...
The Quiet War
Paul McAuley's first novel won the Philip K. Dick Award and he has gone on to win almost all of the major awards in the field. For many years a research biologist, he now writes full-time. He lives in London. Visit Paul McAuley online at http://unlikelywo
A Fire Upon the Deep
A Fire Upon the Deep is a science fiction novel written by Vernor Vinge, an award-winning space opera involving superhuman intelligences, aliens, variable physics, space battles, love, betrayal, genocide, and a conversation medium resembling Usenet. A Fir
Dune
The first in the epic science fiction series of the same name, Dune is set on the desert planet Arrakis, host to "the Spice" - the most important resource in the universe, needed for interplanetary travel and coveted for its effects on longevity and grant
River Of Gods
River of Gods is a science fiction novel by Ian McDonald. It is one of the first works in popular fiction to imagine a futuristic India, inhabited by ancient traditions as well as artificial intelligence, robots and nanotechnology. The novel won the Briti
Sundiver
Sundiver is a 1980 science fiction novel by David Brin. It is the first book of his Uplift trilogy, and was followed by the Hugo and Nebula award winning novel Startide Rising in 1983.
Matter
"A culture novel"--Jacket. "Science fiction Orbit"--Jacket.
Pandora's Star
Critics have compared the engrossing space operas of Peter F. Hamilton to the classic sagas of such sf giants as Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert. But Hamilton's bestselling fiction--powered by a fearless imagination and world-class storytelling skills--has
Metaplanetary
Tony Daniel brilliantly dreams the future and reinvents humanity itself in Metaplanetary, an epic chronicle of civil war and transcendence that plays out on an enormous stage encompassing the solar system in its entirety.