A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away, a genre emerged that was as vast as space itself: the Space Opera!
A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away, a genre emerged that was as vast as space itself: the Space Opera! Originating in the early 20th century, the term "space opera" was initially used derisively, akin to "horse opera" for Westerns, but it soon took on a life of its own.
Born from the union of melodramatic opera and the boundless frontiers of science fiction, this genre was heavily influenced by the serialised planetary romances of Edgar Rice Burroughs and the cosmic adventures of E.E. "Doc" Smith's ‘Lensman’ series. Come the 1970s, space operas took flight, weaving tales of interstellar adventures, cosmic conflicts and some relationship drama thrown in for good measure. Iconic sagas such as Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica became synonymous with the term, capturing the imaginations of millions.