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Twenty Core Space Operas Every True SF Fan Should Have On Their Shelves


As with the first core list, here are twenty space operas chosen entirely on the basis of merit and significance to the field [1]. No implication is intended that these are the only twenty works you should consider.

  • Dust by Elizabeth Bear
  • Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh
  • The Price of the Stars by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald
  • Hellflower by Rosemary Edghill
  • City of Diamond by Doris Egan
  • Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff
  • The Starmen of Llyrdis by Leigh Brackett
  • The Myriad by R. M. Meluch
  • Agent of Change by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
  • Marque and Reprisal by Elizabeth Moon
  • Judgment Night by C.L. Moore
  • Vast by Linda Nagata
  • Dark Piper by Andre Norton
  • Becoming Alien by Rebecca Ore
  • Minisuka Pairētsu by Yūichi Sasamoto
  • Five-Twelfths of Heaven by Melissa Scott
  • Phoenix in Flight by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge
  • Up the Walls of the World by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • House of the Wolf by M.K. Wren


1: There are two filtering rules:

  • Only one work per author per list
  • No given work appears on more than one list.

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