It's incredible to think that space opera has been around for at least 100 years now.
The term "space opera" was coined in 1941 by a science fiction fan by the name of Wilson Tucker. Tucker would later become something of an author in his own right. Labeling a certain kind of SF "space opera" was not a compliment, but a denigration of what Tucker considered an inferior form of the genre.
Tucker defined space opera as "hacky, grinding, stinking, outworn, spaceship yarn."
But today space opera is still going strong. It is a standard sub-genre of science fiction, and there are plenty of new authors who are undaunted about "grinding out" what certain snooty literary types might dismiss as "hacky" stuff.
As for me, I don't like hacky, formulaic space opera much either, but I wax philosophical about it. If there's a market for it, if a demographic enjoys reading it, and if a writer can make a few bucks -- what's wrong with that?
Anyway, here is my book review of a new space opera offering by Canadian writer Chris Reher. SPACE HUNTER
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