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The New Space Opera


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From Robert Charles Wilson's evocative tale of a young woman faced with a destiny-changing choice ("Utriusque Cosmi") to John C. Wright's far-future novella, which combines high-tech romance with cosmic drama ("The Far End of History"), the 19 original stories in this collection exemplify the growing sf subgenre of new space opera, featuring galactic themes, dramatic episodes, a social conscience, and literary excellence. The second volume in a continuing series features works by a stellar group of writers that include Mike Resnick (see below), Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Cory Doctorow, Elizabeth Moon, and other genre veterans and more recent writers. Verdict A solid introduction to the genre. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

This solid follow-up anthology to 2007's The New Space Opera includes 19 new stories that show how far space opera has come since its pulp beginnings in the '30s and '40s. These entertaining and provocative tales of interstellar adventure, written by a laundry list of genre heavyweights, range from Mike Resnick's "Catastrophe Baker and a Canticle for Leibowitz," a campy misadventure that follows a larger-than-life freelance hero on his quest to regain a musical theater producer's lost song, to John Meaney's "From the Heart," set in his Nulapeiron universe, which revolves around spy Carl Blackstone and an unlikely-and surprisingly poignant-love story at the galactic core. The impressive diversity of stories reaffirms that soap opera is alive and well, and where some of the genre's most innovative writing is taking place. (July) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"Dynamic and exciting, THE NEW SPACE OPERA essential roadmap to the cutting edge of SF today..."--Charles Stross
"Highly recommended!"--Greg Bear
"This anthology is a reminder of why science fiction captured the hearts and minds of generations of generations of readers."--Orson Scott Card
"In sheer breathtaking, mind-expanding scope, this collection ... delivers hours of exhilarating reading."--Booklist
"One of the best anthologies ever assembled by this most prolific of science fiction editors...."--Joe Haldeman
..".Dozois and Strahan bring together some of the finest writers in the field..."--Vernor Vinge

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