space opera

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EtymologyEdit

Compound of space +‎ opera. The term was originally derived from the term horse opera and thus indirectly from soap opera, and was coined to describe a specific hackneyed science fiction writing style.

NounEdit

space opera (plural space operas)

  1. A subgenre of speculative fiction or science fiction that emphasizes space travel, romantic adventure, and larger-than-life characters often set against vast exotic settings. Used initially as a derogatory term.
  2. A subgenre of speculative fiction or science fiction that utilises serialisation.
  3. (countable) A work or production in this style.

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Last modified on 8 October 2013, at 17:39