Space Opera 

Thrilling adventures through outer space.  Conflicts between competing alien civilizations.  Heroes who rise from the ashes of war.  While we normally associate space opera with epic tales and galaxy-spanning empires, many character-driven stories can also be found through this subgenre.  There’s something for everyone in this subgenre: military campaigns, conspiracies to unravel, found families to cheer on, and people discovering their grand destiny. 


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Commonwealth Saga Series, Book 2

Judas Unchained

Peter F. Hamilton

After hundreds of years secretly manipulating the human race, the Starflyer alien has succeeded in engineering a war which should result in the destruction of the Intersolar Commonwealth. Now, thanks to Chief Investigator Paula Myo, the Commonwealth&

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Armada

Ernest Cline

Zack Lightman has never much cared for reality. He vastly prefers the countless science-fiction movies, books, and videogames he's spent his life consuming. And too often, he catches himself wishing that some fantastic, impossible, world-alterin

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Wayfarers Series, Book 1

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Becky Chambers

When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The patched-up ship has seen better days, but it offers her everything she could possible want: a spot to call home, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the ga

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To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

Christopher Paolini

During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic. At first she's delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move. As war erupts among the stars, Kira is launched into a ga

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Fractalverse Series, Book 0

Fractal Noise

Christopher Paolini

July 25th, 2234: The crew of the Adamura discovers the anomaly. On the seemingly uninhabited planet Talos VII: a circular pit, 50 kilometers wide. Its curve not of nature, but design. Now, a small team must land and journey on foot across the surface

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The Martian Chronicles

Ray Bradbury

In The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury, America's preeminent storyteller, imagines a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor-- of crystal pillars and fossil seas--where a fine dust settles on the great empty cities of a vanished, devastated civiliz

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Starship Troopers

Robert A. Heinlein

Johnnie Rico never really intended to join up--and definitely not the infantry. But now that he's in the thick of it, trying to get through combat training harder than anything he could have imagined, he knows everyone in his unit is one bad mov

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Binti Series, Books 1-3

Binti: The Complete Trilogy

Nnedi Okorafor

Includes a brand-new Binti story! Collected for the first time in an omnibus edition, the Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning Binti trilogy, the story of one extraordinary girl's journey from her home to distant Oomza University. In her Hugo- and Neb

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Winter's Orbit Series, Book 1

Winter's Orbit

Everina Maxwell

A famously disappointing minor royal and the Emperor's least favorite grandchild, Prince Kiem is summoned before the Emperor and commanded to renew the empire's bonds with its newest vassal planet. The prince must marry Count Jainan, the re

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Dune Series, Book 1

Dune

Frank Herbert

Follows the adventures of Paul Atreides, the son of a betrayed duke given up for dead on a treacherous desert planet and adopted by its fierce, nomadic people, who help him unravel his most unexpected destiny.

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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams

Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space. The Restaurant

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Ender's Game

Orson Scott Card

The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation. Is Ender the general Ea

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