Today, I'm pleased to be hosting MPax, who made me sit up and pay attention to Space Opera. Having piqued my interest, she's here today to shed some more light on what this sub-genre is all about.
Thank you to Joy for hosting me today on her lovely blog and letting me talk to all of you. She asked me write about what space opera is. I bet you’ve seen it. If not, you’ve heard of it.
Space opera is a sub genre of Science fiction, which takes place wholly or partially in space. It’s the most popular form of sci-fi in the US.
Is that why I write it? No. One of the most influential moments of my life was watching Apollo 11 land on the Moon. I was barely six, but I understood how incredible a feat it was. It captured my imagination and filled me with awe and wonder. Not many moments have made me feel that way, so it stuck with me.
Lost in Space and Star Trek fed that spark. Then 2001: A Space Odyssey, Planet of the Apes, and Star Wars fueled it some more, inflaming an intense curiosity to know what’s out there.
For now we’re stuck in our own solar system, so the only way to scratch that itch — beside working at an observatory every summer and devouring NASA’s website — is to imagine it.
Television has been a big influence on the worlds I create. My favorite space operas have been: Star Trek TOS, Stargate, Firefly, Babylon5, and Deep Space Nine.
Although many space operas have guns, wars, swaggering heroes, and major drama, and those traits define the genre somewhat, it’s the setting more than anything that truly defines it. It’s the setting that attracted me to writing it, fiction with no bounds.
Do you have a favorite space opera? What drew you to your genre?
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M. Pax’s inspiration comes from the wilds of Oregon, especially the high desert where she shares her home with two cats and a husband unit. Creative sparks also come from Pine Mountain Observatory where she spends her summers working as a star guide. She writes mostly science fiction and fantasy, but confesses to an obsession with Jane Austen. She blogs at her website, www.mpaxauthor.com and at Wistful Nebulae. You’ll find links there to connect on Twitter, Goodread, FB and other sites.