Crowdsourcing The Essentials: Space Opera

(Last week was paranormal romance.)

Space opera.

Like with all the subgenres, the definition floats a little bit, but for now we’ll cleave to the Wikipedia definition, which is: “a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes romantic, often melodramatic adventure, set mainly or entirely in outer space, usually involving conflict between opponents possessing advanced technologies and abilities.”

Time to ask you:

What are your three essential space opera reads?

Drop ’em in the comments!