space operaspace opera
Informal a highly melodramatic science-fiction novel, film, etc. about adventures in space travel
Origin of space operaprobably after horse opera, soap opera
A subgenre of science fiction characterized by extraterrestrial settings and having melodramatic plots typical of soap operas.
Origin of space operaCoined by Wilson “Bob” Tucker (1914-2006), American science fiction writer, on the model of horse opera soap opera
(plural space operas)
- 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.
- A subgenre of speculative fiction or science fiction that utilises serialisation.
- (countable) A work or production in this style.