space opera

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Definition of space opera 

: a futuristic melodramatic fantasy involving space travelers and extraterrestrial beings

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The layered, literary R&B album referenced classic space operas like Star Trek and the works of David Bowie and Prince. Sean Knight, Glamour, "Janelle Monáe Knows She Has Your Attention. Get Ready for What's Next.," 5 Nov. 2018 Where Altered Carbon was a neo-noir cyberpunk story that focused on the consequences of wealth inequality, Broken Angels is a very different book that moves toward military science fiction and space opera. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Netflix has renewed Altered Carbon for a second season," 27 July 2018 Ubisoft's presser opted for meatiness, giving fans a long look at Beyond Good and Evil 2, which looks to be a huge earthy space opera, though detail are scarce about gameplay or release. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "The Biggest Surprises (and Missed Opportunities) of the E3 Press Conferences," 12 June 2018 Now the universe George Lucas created could spin out in new and interesting ways that wouldn’t have to hew to the space opera conventions of the main Star Wars series. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Solo: A Star Wars Story is the safest, most forgettable Star Wars movie," 24 May 2018 The Expanse, the critically acclaimed adaptation of the James SA Corey space opera novels now in its third season, was cancelled by Syfy. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Has Amazon stepped up to save The Expanse from cancellation?," 22 May 2018 The hard truth about this just-OK Star Wars universe plug-in is that Howard simply may not be the best director of special-effects-heavy space operas. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Solo Is an Uneven Star Wars Film. But It's Filled With Terrific Performances," 16 May 2018 Star Wars created a culture and a phenomenon that helped pave the way for space opera science fiction in years to come. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "See iconic 'Star Wars' actors then and now for May 4th Star Wars Day," 4 May 2018 Unlike much space opera, this story centers on Chinese and Vietnamese customs instead of Western military conventions, and is all the more welcome for it. New York Times, "10 New Books We Recommend This Week," 26 Apr. 2018

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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