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20 Must-Read Space Opera Books

Take an adventure among the stars with these must-read sagas. 

20 must read space opera books

Dune       

Vatta's War series

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Trading in Danger

By Elizabeth Moon

The Interdependency series

the interdependency series

The Interdependency Series

The Sentients of Orion series

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Sentients of Orion

By Marianne de Pierres

The Imperial Radch trilogy

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Ancillary Justice

By Ann Leckie

Lensman series

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Triplanetary

By E. E. "Doc" Smith

The Vorkosigan saga

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Falling Free (The Vorkosigan Saga Book 1)

By Lois McMaster Bujold

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Babel-17

By Samuel R. Delany

The Wayfarers series

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

By Becky Chambers

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The Stars Are Legion

By Kameron Hurley

The Culture series

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Consider Phlebas

By Iain M. Banks

The Teixcalaan duology 

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A Memory Called Empire

By Arkady Martine

The Uplift saga 

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Startide Rising

By David Brin

The Highroad trilogy

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A Passage of Stars

By Kate Elliott

Machineries of Empire series

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Ninefox Gambit

By Yoon Ha Lee

The Seafort saga

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The Seafort Saga Books 1–3

By David Feintuch

The Saga of Seven Suns 

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Hidden Empire

By Kevin J. Anderson

The Diadem saga

The Diadem Saga

The Diadem Saga Books 1–3

By Jo Clayton

Hyperion Cantos

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Hyperion

By Dan Simmons

The Expanse

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Leviathan Wakes

By James S.A. Corey