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List of famous space opera books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular space opera books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best space opera novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

Books include everything from Hyperion to Battlefield Earth.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best space opera books?" and "What are the most famous space opera books?"

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Star Wars: The Old Republic: D... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Space Opera Books and Novels

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Against the Odds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Space Opera Books and Novels
Against the Odds Elizabeth Moon Against the Odds is a science fiction novel by Elizabeth Moon. It is her seventh and last novel set in the Familias Regnant fictional universe. It does not fall in either informal trilogy; ...more

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Battlefield Earth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Space Opera Books and Novels
Battlefield Earth L. Ron Hubbard Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 is a 1982 science fiction novel written by the Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. He also composed a soundtrack to the book called Space Jazz. The ...more

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Change of Command is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Space Opera Books and Novels
Change of Command Elizabeth Moon Change of Command is a science fiction novel by Elizabeth Moon, first published in 1999. It is set in her Familias Regnant fictional universe, and is the third novel in the informal Esmay Suiza ...more

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Dances on the Snow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Space Opera Books and Novels
Dances on the Snow Sergey Lukyanenko Dances on the Snow is a science fiction novel written by the Russian sci-fi and fantasy writer Sergey Lukyanenko. Despite the fact that the novel was written later, it is considered to be an ...more

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Empire from the Ashes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Space Opera Books and Novels
Empire from the Ashes David Weber Empire from the Ashes is a science fiction novel written by David Weber. Published in 2003 by Baen Books, it is an omnibus re-issue of Weber's Dahak trilogy, including Mutineers' Moon, The ...more

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Genome is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Space Opera Books and Novels
Genome Sergey Lukyanenko Genome is a science fiction/detective novel by the popular Russian sci-fi writer Sergei Lukyanenko. The novel began a series also called Genome, consisting of Dances on the Snow and Cripples. ...more

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Heirs of Empire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Space Opera Books and Novels
Heirs of Empire David Weber Heirs of Empire is a 1996 military science-fiction novel by David Weber. It is the third novel in the Dahak trilogy, after the de facto duology of Mutineers' Moon and The Armageddon Inheritance. ...more

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Hunting Party is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Space Opera Books and Novels
Hunting Party Elizabeth Moon Hunting Party is a science fiction novel by Elizabeth Moon. It is the first novel set in her Familias Regnant fictional universe, and the first novel in the informal Heris Serrano trilogy. It is ...more

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Hyperion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Space Opera Books and Novels
Hyperion Dan Simmons Hyperion is a Hugo Award-winning 1989 science fiction novel by American writer Dan Simmons. It is the first book of his Hyperion Cantos, and is the only book in it to extensively employ the ...more

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Line of Delirium is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Space Opera Books and Novels
Line of Delirium Sergey Lukyanenko Line of Delirium and Emperors of Illusions are two 1995 books of a space opera trilogy by Russian science fiction writer Sergey Lukyanenko. The story is told in third person, usually from the ...more

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Once a Hero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Space Opera Books and Novels
Once a Hero Elizabeth Moon Once a Hero is a science fiction novel by Elizabeth Moon. It is the first of the three books of the Esmay Suiza trilogy in Moon's fictional Familias Regnant universe, following the three of the ...more

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Path of the Fury is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Space Opera Books and Novels
Path of the Fury David Weber Path of the Fury, and the later re-issuance with new material and a full prequel novel as the omnibus In Fury Born are both stand-alone science fiction novels by David Weber covering the life ...more

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Return to the Stars is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Space Opera Books and Novels
Return to the Stars Edmond Hamilton

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Sporting Chance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Space Opera Books and Novels
Sporting Chance Elizabeth Moon Sporting Chance is a science fiction novel, written by Elizabeth Moon. Published in 1994, it is the second novel in the Familias Regnant fictional universe, and the second in the Heris Serrano ...more

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Winning Colors is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Space Opera Books and Novels
Winning Colors Elizabeth Moon Winning Colors is the third novel in the space opera, military science fiction Familias Regnant fictional universe written by Elizabeth Moon; it continues the plot centered on the adventures of ...more