The Space Opera Renaissance

David G. Hartwell and Kathyrn Cramer

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“Space opera”, once a derisive term for cheap pulp adventure, has come to mean something more in modern SF: compelling adventure stories told against a broad canvas, and written to the highest level of skill. Indeed, it can be argued that the “new space opera” is one of the defining streams of modern SF.

Now, World Fantasy Award-winning anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer have compiled a definitive overview of this subgenre, both as it was in the days of the pulp magazines, and as it has become in 2005. Included are major works from genre progenitors like Jack Williamson and Leigh Brackett, stylish midcentury voices like Cordwainer Smith and Samuel R. Delany, popular favorites like David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Ursula K. Le Guin, and modern-day pioneers such as Iain M. Banks, Steven Baxter, Scott Westerfeld, and Charles Stross.

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THE SPACE OPERA RENAISSANCE
I.REDEFINED WRITERSChubby, brownette Eunice Kinnison sat in a rocker, reading the Sunday papers and listening to the radio. Her husband Ralph lay sprawled upon the davenport, smoking a cigarette and reading the current issue of EXTRAORDINARY STORIES against an unheard background of music. Mentally, he was far from Tellus, flitting in his super-dreadnaught through parsec after parsec of vacuous space.--E. E. "Doc" Smith, Ph.D., Triplanetary, Chapter 5: "1941"EDMOND HAMILTONEdmond Hamilton [1904-1977] (tribute page: www.

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“We are in the hands of a loving expert.”
--John Updike on The World Treasury of SF

“An editor extraordinaire.”
--Publishers Weekly on David G. Hartwell

“One of the definitive anthologies of the genre.”
--Des Moines Register on The Science Fiction Century

“Demonstrates the fact that science fiction is alive and well in the ’90s…A fine addition of any science fiction collection."
--VOYA on Visions of Wonder

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David G. Hartwell and Kathyrn Cramer

David G. Hartwell, called “an editor extraordinaire” by Publishers Weekly, is one of science fiction’s most experienced and influential editors. He has been nominated for the Hugo Award thirty-one times. Kathryn Cramer co-edited the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology The Architecture of Fear and was the editor of its widely-praised sequel Walls of Fear. She has edited and co-edited several other anthologies. Hartwell and Cramer co-edit the annual Year’s Best Fantasy and Year’s Best SF series. They live in Pleasantville, New York.

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The Space Opera Renaissance
David G. Hartwell and Kathyrn Cramer

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Tor Books
July 2007
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ISBN: 9781466808256
ISBN10: 146680825X
944 pages
$7.99
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