Sci-fi Files: Space Opera Diva Writers – Techfemina

Space Opera has really evolved as a sci-fi genre over the years and has gained great popularity after facing quite a lot criticism for being bad quality science fiction initially. However, over time it turned out to be one of the most entertaining sci-fi genres as it had something for every type of audience. Women writers have deeply explored the horizon of the style, and so jelled the adventure, romance and melodrama into Sc-Fi, that it significantly transformed the entire futuristic outlook for an ultimate entertainment. Here’s a few of the best Space Opera novels written by women authors.

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin

A very bold, controversial and politically sophisticated adventure story. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin revolves around a morally complex species who’re non-gendered Gethenians. Despite such unusual concept, the book beautifully narrates an impossible friendship between a human male and a Gethenian.

Wraeththu Series by Storm Constantine

The Wraeththu series by Storm Constantine is truly a fantasy beyond imaginations. Constantine draws such vibrant caricature of post-apocalyptic hermaphroditic species which evolve from humanity – a race far more beautiful and perfect human beings. Her prose style of writing, makes the books all the more engrossing.

China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh

A typical space opera which has all, sex, romance and startling sci-fi setting. The rendition of the future world is commendable and the narrative talks on crucial subject as America-China relationship. There is also a parallel track featuring a small commune of colonists in Mars. It’s definitely a reader’s delight and a great fiction. The novel has won the James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award, Locus Award for best first science fiction novel and has been nominated for various prestigious awards.

The Pride of Chanur by C. J. Cherryh

C. J. Cherryh is one of those few writers who could present an alien world in tremendously realistic manner. The Pride of Chanur series marvelously presents feline alien set in a region known as Compact Space. The best part is beautiful narrative that is told from the perspective of both aliens and humans. Overall the experience full of fantasy and action is simply fantastic.

The Living Blood by Tananarive Due

A riveting fiction with mind-blowing supernatural suspense. The plot is about an underground colony of spiritually and technologically advanced Ethiopians and undying ancient’s cult power.

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