The Space Opera Renaissance by Kathryn 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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About Kathryn Cramer

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Kathryn Cramer is editor or co-editor of over two dozen science fiction and fantasy anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning The Architecture of Fear  (1987, with Peter D. Pautz). With David G. Hartwell, she also co-edited many volumes of the annual Year's Best SF and Year's Best Fantasy annuals. She is also a co-founder of the New York Review of Science Fiction, and the author of a small but distinguished body of short SF and fantasy fiction.
Published July 10, 2007 by Tor Books. 942 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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At 32 stories (12 novellas, 12 novelettes, 7 short stories and 1 vignette) and 940+ pages, The Space Opera Renaissance is one giant, arm-numbing tome.

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