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See below for a selection of the latest books from Space opera category. Presented with a red border are the Space opera books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Space opera books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Every Sky A Grave

Every Sky A Grave

Author: Jay Posey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

'Action sequences to speed the blood' The Times HER WORD IS HER WEAPON Exhilarating and original, Every Sky A Grave tells an epic tale of truth and power on the greatest canvas there is: outer space. Mankind has spread out and conquered the galaxy by mastering the fundamental language of the universe. With the right training, the right application of words, truth itself can be rearranged. Language is literally power. Peace reigns now. Order reigns. For if a planet deviates too far from what the authorities plan, an agent is sent out to correct that. To quietly and with great skill, end that world. One such agent is Elyth - a true believer. But on a clandestine mission to stop an uprising before it can truly begin, Elyth comes to realise she hasn't been told the whole truth herself. There's so much she doesn't know. How can there be people whose truth is different to that of the authorities? Elyth's faith in the powers that be is shaken just when she needs it most. While on her mission, a dark and unknown presence makes itself known at the edges of the galaxy - and it cannot be controlled, for nobody knows its name... For fans of Anne Leckie and Star Wars comes an explosive and ambitious story about the power of words set far in the future, far away - but with a message about truth that hits home.

The Royal Road to the Stars

The Royal Road to the Stars

Author: Colin Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2021

When Oliver rescues Pierre, a small puppy, he has no inkling that this small act of kindness will trigger the start of a great cosmic drama. For far out in space, higher powers are about to assess human dominance on planet Earth. Oliver unexpectedly finds himself as the chosen representative of humanity at the upcoming cosmic enquiry that will judge humans against artificial Intelligence. To gather his evidence he sets off, with Pierre in tow, transiting first to the Shadow-side (Earth's twin) to meet Lord Sebastian - an advocate for humanity - and Galactic controller Ovoid - who is most certainly not. Encounters with angry centaurs, a Were-cat, a trans-avian falcon and a shrub spirit are only some of the unusual characters he encounters, as he moves ever closer to the final countdown... The Royal Road to the Stars is the story of a man facing a task chosen for him - to undertake the greatest earthly journey ever made, with the future of humanity at stake.

The Last Human

The Last Human

Author: The Last Human Zack Jordan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2021

'Aliens, adventure, mystery, and big ideas in a thoroughly fresh package' Andy Weir, author of The Martian Sarya is the galaxy's worst nightmare: a Human. But most days, she doesn't feel like the most terrifying creature in the galaxy. No, most days, she's got other things on her mind. Like hiding her identity among the hundreds of alien species roaming the corridors of Watertower Station. Or making sure her adoptive mother doesn't casually eviscerate one of their neighbors. Again. And most days, she can almost accept that she'll never know the truth about why humanity was deemed too dangerous to exist, or whether she really is - impossibly - the lone survivors of a species destroyed a millennium ago. That is, until an encounter with a bounty hunter leaves her life and her perspective shattered. Thrown into the universe at the helm of a stolen ship, Sarya begins to uncover an impossible truth. Humanity's death and her own existence might simply be two moves in a demented cosmic game, one that might offer the thing she wants most in the universe - a second chance for herself, and one for humanity. 'Easily the most fun read I've had all year' Clint McElroy, co-author of The Adventure Zone

Ashes of Victory

Ashes of Victory

Author: David Weber Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/01/2021

Honor Harrington rides again in Ashes of Victory, book nine in the acclaimed Honor Harrington series, available in a signed limited leatherbound edition for the first time. David Weber is a master of science fiction, with over 8 million books in print and 30 New York Times Bestsellers. His Honor Harrington series is a landmark in modern military science fiction, with over 4 million books in print. Now, Baen Books is proud to offer a leatherbound edition, limited to 1,000 copies, of the ninth book in this groundbreaking series, signed by the author. To date, all previous Honor Harrington novels reissued in this format have sold out, with secondhand copies commanding top dollar in the collectible market. About David Weber and the Honor Harrington series: . . .everything you could want in a heroine.... Excellent ... plenty of action. -Science Fiction Age Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! -Anne McCaffrey Compelling combat combined with engaging characters for a great space opera adventure. -Locus Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection . . . Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice . . . -Publishers Weekly Honor Harrington Main Series: On Basilisk Station The Honor of the Queen The Short Victorious War Field of Dishonor Flag in Exile Honor Among Enemies In Enemy Hands Echoes of Honor Ashes of Victory War of Honor The Shadow of Saganami At All Costs Storm from the Shadows Mission of Honor A Rising Thunder Shadow of Freedom

Doctor Who The Fifth Doctor Adventures: Wicked Sisters

Doctor Who The Fifth Doctor Adventures: Wicked Sisters

Author: Simon Guerrier, Lee Adams, Howard Carter Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 31/12/2020

The Doctor is recruited by Leela for a vital mission on behalf of the Time Lords. Together, they must track down and destroy two god-like beings whose extraordinary powers now threaten all of space and time. Their names are Abby and Zara...1. The Garden of Storms. In pursuit of Abby and Zara, Leela pilots the TARDIS to the eye of a violent storm in time. Yet she and the Doctor find themselves in an idyllic garden city, the people contented and happy. They soon discover that this bliss comes at a terrible cost, and that Abby and Zara are determined to put things right... so how can Leela and the Doctor stop them? 2. The Moonrakers. Life is hard for the early pioneers building the first settlements on the Moon. The laws of the Earth don't apply here, and there are tussles over limited resources vital to survival. Arriving on the Moon, the Doctor and Zara discover than an aggressive alien species lies in wait. Yet there's something very strange about these particular Sontarans: they refuse to fight. 3. The People Made of Smoke. Abby and Zara strive to use their powers for good but it's clear they are damaging reality - and allowing monstrous creatures to bleed through from beyond. The Doctor knows he can only save the universe by destroying his friends. But just how much might he be willing to sacrifice if there's a chance to save them? CAST: Peter Davison (The Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela), Ciara Janson (Abby), Laura Doddington (Zara), Lisa Bowerman (Smoke Creatures), Pandora Clifford (Zeeb/Zeet), Paul Courtenay Hyu (Wei), Nicky Goldie (Polk), Tom Mahy (Brody), Anjli Mohindra (Captain Riya Nehru), Dan Starkey (Stent/Sontarans).

Torchwood #43 Three Monkeys

Torchwood #43 Three Monkeys

Author: James Goss, Blair Mowat, Lee Binding Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 31/12/2020

Andy Davison's been ordered to watch over a local businessman. Everything's always gone right for him and Andy's long wondered why. Owen joins him on the stakeout. He knows something - the businessman's attracted Torchwood's attention and tonight, the two of them are going to take him down. But will luck be on their side? NOTE: Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners. CAST: Burn Gorman (Owen Harper), Tom Price (Andy Davidson), Joseph Tweedale (Dennis), Joanna Van Kampen (Chief Constable). Other parts played by members of the cast.

The War Master: Hearts of Darkness

The War Master: Hearts of Darkness

Author: David Llewellyn, Lisa McMullin, Joe Meiners Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 31/12/2020

The Time War is an epic conflict underpinning much of the story arcs of many of the recent series of Doctor Who on TV. Here, Sir Derek Jacobi reprises his terrifying turn as the Doctor's arch nemesis The Master from episode Utopia, to show how the character survived in a universe torn apart by war. In this release, the Master is pitted once again against the Eighth Doctor, played by Paul McGann in a brand new four-part adventure. Recruited by the Celestial Intervention Agency to track down his oldest enemy, the Master finds himself thrown into a mission that will take him into deepest Dalek territory. Abandoned on the planet Redemption, he assembles a crew and acquires a ship - the journey that follows is certain to test them all...and not everyone will survive. But space pirates and living corpses are the least of their worries. Their biggest threat remains at large: a Time Lord who likes to call himself 'the Doctor' CAST: Derek Jacobi (The Master), Paul McGann (The Doctor), Sean Carlsen (Narvin), George Fletcher (Grondak), Sam Hallion (Kriket), Sandra Huggett (Dorada), Alex Jordan (Domdaniel Computer), Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo (The Scaramancer), Colin McFarlane (Morski), Tanya Moodie (Kilda), Henry Nott (Dieter), Julia Sandiford (Ilya), Amanda Shodeko (Meri). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Doctor Who - Time Lord Victorious: Mutually Assured Destruction

Doctor Who - Time Lord Victorious: Mutually Assured Destruction

Author: Lizzie Hopley, Peter Doggart, Ioan Morris Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 31/12/2020

Time Lord Victorious is a brand-new multi-platform Doctor Who story told across audio, novels, comics, vinyl, digital, immersive theatre, escape rooms and games! This is the last release by Big Finish in a trilogy of stories in which the Eighth Doctor faces the Daleks. This follows He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not (releasing October 2020) and The Enemy of My Enemy (releasing November 2020). In this story, the Doctor must use all his cunning to survive while outnumbered and alone on a Dalek time-ship careering through the vortex. As the saucer disintegrates around them, the Doctor is trapped with a crew of increasingly desperate Daleks - or are the Daleks trapped with him? CAST: Paul McGann (The Doctor), Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks/Krinso), Samantha Beart (Tiska), Wilf Scolding (Groth). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Doctor Who The Monthly Adventures #270 - Shadow of the Daleks 2

Doctor Who The Monthly Adventures #270 - Shadow of the Daleks 2

Author: Jonathan Barnes, Roland Moore, Lizzie Hopley, John Dorney Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 31/12/2020

This is the second part in a story split across two releases (the first being Shadow of the Daleks 1 releasing November 2020) recorded and produced entirely during the covid-19 lockdown. Together, the two releases make up a 'mini-season' for Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor as he is caught up in the Time War. Each part contains four one episode adventures, in which the Doctor lands in different times, different places and keeps meeting the same faces, but a different people. 1. The Echo Chamber by Jonathan Barnes. It's the radio talk show where everyone's free to call in with their opinions. Time to welcome its host - the Doctor! 2. Towards Zero by Roland Moore. The Doctor Finds himself in an old country house where he has to solve a very unusual murder - his own! 3. Castle Hydra by Lizzie Hopley. Nearing the end of his journey, the Doctor enters a jail filled with familiar faces. But who are the prisoners and who are the wardens? Effect and Cause by John Dorney. A crash in the vortex leads the Doctor to the source of all his troubles, and to the Daleks. The answers are here. If he can live long enough to find them. CAST: Peter Davison (The Doctor), Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks), Dervla Kirwan (tba), Anjli Mohindra (tba), Jamie Parker (tbs).

There Before the Chaos

There Before the Chaos

Author: K. B. Wagers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/12/2020

An epic space opera trilogy featuring the gunrunner empress Hail Bristol, who must navigate alien politics and deadly plots to prevent an interspecies war. The battle for the throne is over. The war for the galaxy is just beginning. Hail Bristol, infamous galactic gunrunner and former runaway princess, never expected to inherit the throne of Indrana. But after avenging the murder of her family and cleansing the Empire of usurpers in a bloody civil war, the former outlaw must fulfill her duties to her people. Hail retires her gun and throws herself into the rebuilding of her Empire. Her hard-won peace is short-lived. When Indrana's closest ally asks Hail to intervene in an interstellar military crisis, she embarks on the highest stakes diplomatic mission the Empire has ever faced. Caught between two alien civilizations at each other's throats, she must uncover each side's true intentions before all of humanity becomes collateral damage in a full-blown galactic war. There Before the Chaos begins a fresh, pulse-pounding space opera series from an exciting new voice in science fiction. For more from K. B. Wagers, check out: The Indranan War trilogy Behind the Throne, After the Crown, Beyond the Empire

Doctor Who - The Eighth Doctor: Time War 4

Doctor Who - The Eighth Doctor: Time War 4

Author: Matt Fitton, Lisa McMullin, John Dorney Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 30/11/2020

The Time War is the legendary combat between the Time Lords and their arch enemies the Daleks, an event so huge, so terrible, that only a fragment could be released on television. These audio adventures bring the epic scale of the conflict to life as the two races battle and the universe burns in the crossfire! In this release, the Eighth Doctor and Bliss are dragged into The Time War as the Daleks replenish their army, using Davros himself. 4.1 and 4.2 Palindrome by John Dorney. In an alternative universe, Davros lives in peace, until the Doctor and Bliss arrive, and the Daleks emerge in a new reality. 4.3 Dreadshade by Lisa McMullin.The Time Lords, including the General and the Twelve, adjust to life after the Time War, until the Doctor and Bliss return with a warning. 4.4 Restoration of the Daleks by Matt Fitton. The Dalek Time Strategist restores the Dalek armies to the universe, but wants to dispense with Davros. CAST: Paul McGann (The Doctor), Rakhee Thakrar (Bliss), Terry Molloy (Davros), Adele Anderson (Major Tamasan), Isla Blair (Charn), Ken Bones (The General), Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks), Chris Jarman (Rasmus), Julia McKenzie (The Twelve), Suzanne Procter (Tubor/Deadshade), Jemima Rooper (Mithia). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Doctor Who - The Monthly Adventures #269 Shadow of the Daleks 1

Doctor Who - The Monthly Adventures #269 Shadow of the Daleks 1

Author: Jonathan Morris, Simon Guerrier, Dan Starkey, James Kettle Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 30/11/2020

This is the first in a story split across two releases (to be followed by Shadow of the Daleks 2 releasing December 2020) recorded and produced entirely during the Covid-19 lockdown. Together, the two releases make up a 'mini-season' for Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor as he is caught up in the Time War. Each part contains four one-episode adventures, in which the Doctor lands in different times, different places and keeps meeting the same faces, but as different people. 1. Aimed at the Body by James Kettle. An encounter with a notorious cricketing legend should be right up the Doctor's street, but the unexpected appearance of an old enemy is about to send the Doctor on a quest. 2. Lightspeed by Jonathan Morris. The trail has led the Doctor to a spaceship in the far future - where he finds himself trapped in the middle of a terrifying revenge plot. 3. The Bookshop at the End of the World by Simon Guerrier. It's very easy to forget yourself and get lost in a bookshop. But in some bookshops more than most... 4. Interlude by Dan Starkey. The play's the thing! Or is it? The Doctor is roped into a theatrical spectacular - but who is he really performing to? CAST: Peter Davison (The Doctor), Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks), Dervla Kirwan (tba). Anjli Mohindra (tba) Jamie Parker (tbs).