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Anyone ever notice how common backstories for Space Operas are a bit Crapsack World style?
I mean Star Wars is filled with Space Nazis, Seperatists, droid armies, and according to the EU, a race beyond the galaxy that can turn planets into ships.
And Star Trek was in a nuclear war and on a ravaged planet before they hit space Travel.
And Mass Effect has the Reapers.
I'd like to start the following discussion. Feel free to agree or to politely disagree:
"Space Opera" is not the same thing as "Science Fiction." It is as distinct as Magic Realism is from Modern-Day Fantasy. It is as different as a 'spaghetti western' is from 'Dances with Wolves.'
Asimov, for example, wrote hard science fiction in his Foundation stories. A good example of space opera is Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda. If it has an idealistic tone and can be re-written as a 1950's western, it is space opera. Stargate Universe failed because the first two series were out-and-out space operas, and the new one was trying too hard to take itself seriously and be like the new 'Battlestar Galactica.' The old 1970's Battlestar Galactica was a space opera. The new one was... wait for it... science fiction. If it's dramatic instead of melodramatic, then it's science fiction.
Should Decoder Ring Theatre's "Deck Gibson: Far Reach Commander" be included?
It certainly fits.
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