What are the best space opera novels outside the Star Trek books?

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    #1Acorna: The Unicorn Girl

    Acorna: The Unicorn Girl

    Acorna: The Unicorn Girl is the first book in the Acorna series. This book is written by Anne McCaffrey, Margaret Ball, and illustrated by John Ennis. It was originally published in 1997.

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    Juan Ortiz
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I was looking for books that were about adventures in space. I like Star Trek and Star Wars, but I wanted to try something a little different. I found this series, and I thoug..."
    Juan Ortiz
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I was looking for books that were about adventures in space. I like Star Trek and Star Wars, but I wanted to try something a little different. I found this series, and I thought to give it a read, just to see how it was. The title might sound a little silly, but don't let that fool you. It is a light and entertaining read, and it has exciting as well as thrilling parts. I would give this a read as a science fiction fan."
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    #2The Empire

    The Empire

    The Empire is a science fiction novel written by Elizabeth Lang. Originally published in 2010 by IFWG Publishing Incorporated under ISBN 0984329870, it focuses on Adrian Stannis and the struggle of the human race to repel an alien invasion.

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    Alexander Mills
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I love space opera type things and I wanted to find something that was similar. The Empire is really good. It's about humans trying to get rid of aliens. It's a really good bo..."
    Alexander Mills
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I love space opera type things and I wanted to find something that was similar. The Empire is really good. It's about humans trying to get rid of aliens. It's a really good book and a really quick read. "
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    #3Grimspace (Sirantha Jax)

    Grimspace (Sirantha Jax)

    Grimspace (Sirantha Jax Book 1) is a science fiction novel written by Ann Aguirre. Originally published in 2008, it focuses on Sirantha Jax, a human with a genetic anomaly that allows her to jump ships through grimspace.

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    Jessica Hamilton
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Grimspace is a sci-fi space opera centered around a human with a genetic anomaly that allows her to travel through grimspacee. It's a great choice for those looking for less m..."
    Jessica Hamilton
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Grimspace is a sci-fi space opera centered around a human with a genetic anomaly that allows her to travel through grimspacee. It's a great choice for those looking for less mainstream sci-fi."
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    #4Judgment at Proteus (Quadrail)

    Judgment at Proteus (Quadrail)

    Judgment at Proteus is a science fiction novel written by Timothy Zahn. Originally published in 2012 by Tom Doherty, it focuses on the adventures of Frank Compton and Bayta as they travel along the Quadrail train that connects the galaxy.

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    Amy Bishop
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I was totally riveted by this series and could hardly wait for the next book to come out. In this conclusion of the series this book was by far the best. Just when you think y..."
    Amy Bishop
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I was totally riveted by this series and could hardly wait for the next book to come out. In this conclusion of the series this book was by far the best. Just when you think you have everything figured out the plot takes a twist and keeps you guessing until the end."
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    #5Foreigner

    Foreigner

    The Foreigner is a science fiction novel written by C. J. Cherryh. Originally published in 2004 by DAW under ISBN 0756402514, it focuses on the survivors of a lost spacecraft.

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    Donna Tucker
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is a great alternative to the Star Trek Books. The Foreigner by CJ Cherryh solves the need to have more space opera novels without having to delve into the world of Star ..."
    Donna Tucker
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is a great alternative to the Star Trek Books. The Foreigner by CJ Cherryh solves the need to have more space opera novels without having to delve into the world of Star Trek once again. It is a great alternative new read for the Trekkie everywhere. "
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    #6Primary Inversion (The Saga of the Skolian Empire)

    Primary Inversion (The Saga of the Skolian Empire)
    Primary Invasion is a science fiction novel written by Catherine Asaro. Originally published in 1995, it is the first book in the Saga of the Skolian Empire. It was nominated for the 1996 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award.
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    Tyler Harper
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Was recommended this series by a friend. Really refreshing to find good SF written by a female author. Great world-building and intriguing characters!..."
    Tyler Harper
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Was recommended this series by a friend. Really refreshing to find good SF written by a female author. Great world-building and intriguing characters!"
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    #7Phylogenesis: Book One of The Founding of the Commonwealth

    Phylogenesis: Book One of The Founding of the Commonwealth

    Phylogenesis is a science fiction novel written by Alan Dean Foster. Originally published in 1999 by Del Ray Books, it is the first book in the Founding of the Commonwealth Trilogy.

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    Gregory Hart
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "enjoyable read ..."
    Gregory Hart
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "enjoyable read "
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    #8Dawn (Xenogenesis)

    Dawn (Xenogenesis)

    Dawn (Xenogenesis Trilogy Book 1) is a science fiction novel written by Octavia E. Butler. Originally published in 1997, it is the first book in the Xenogenesis Trilogy.

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    James Boyd
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "If you love space operas you owe it to yourself to check this book out. It truly is great and I can't suggest it enough...."
    James Boyd
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "If you love space operas you owe it to yourself to check this book out. It truly is great and I can't suggest it enough."
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    #9Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga)

    Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga)
    Shards of Honor is a 1986 science fiction romance novel by Lois McMaster Bujold. It tells the story of Cordelia Naismith and her reluctant relationship with her archnemesis, Aral Vorkosigan. It is the first book in the Vorkosigan Saga.
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    Bryan Lee
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Shards of Honor is a science fiction novel written in 1986. It has some romance elements to it. It is the first book in the Saga named Vorkosigan. Its narrates the story of th..."
    Bryan Lee
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Shards of Honor is a science fiction novel written in 1986. It has some romance elements to it. It is the first book in the Saga named Vorkosigan. Its narrates the story of the main character, Cordelia, and her relationship with Aral, her nemesis."
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    #10The Tar-Aiym Krang

    The Tar-Aiym Krang

    The Tar-Aiym Krang is a science fiction novel written by Alan Dean Foster. Originally published in 1972, it is the first book in the Humanx Commonwealth series and follows the story of Flinx who discovered a strange alien artifact.

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    Carolyn Wagner
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book kind of came from out of nowhere. I'm big into science fiction and I was getting tired of the typical classic books like Star Trek, etc. It also didn't come across l..."
    Carolyn Wagner
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book kind of came from out of nowhere. I'm big into science fiction and I was getting tired of the typical classic books like Star Trek, etc. It also didn't come across like a copycat book either so that was cool. "
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    #11Hand of Mars (Starship's Mage Book 2)

    Hand of Mars (Starship's Mage Book 2)

    Hand of Mars (Starship's Mage Book 2) is a science-fiction fantasy novel written by Glynn Stewart. First published in 2015 by Faolan's Pen Publishing Inc., it is the second book in the Starship's Mage book series.

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    Benjamin West
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Love this book. Well written sci fi fantasy and the second in this series. Stewart does a very good job capturing interest and maintaining it throughout the novel. ..."
    Benjamin West
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Love this book. Well written sci fi fantasy and the second in this series. Stewart does a very good job capturing interest and maintaining it throughout the novel. "
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    #12Onslaught (Rise of the Empire Book 6)

    Onslaught (Rise of the Empire Book 6)

    Onslaught (Rise of the Empire #6) is a science-fiction fantasy novel written by Ivan Kal. First published in 2016 by Amazon Digital Services LLC, it is the sixth book in the Rise of the Empire book series.

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    Tang Guo
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I have really enjoyed this series. Rise of the Empire is yet again another great book in the set. Can't wait to see what happens next. ..."
    Tang Guo
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I have really enjoyed this series. Rise of the Empire is yet again another great book in the set. Can't wait to see what happens next. "
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    #13Warpath (Rise of the Empire Book 4)

    Warpath (Rise of the Empire Book 4)
    Warpath (Rise of the Empire Book 4) is a science-fiction fantasy novel written by Ivan Kal. First published in 2015 by Ivan Kal, it is the fourth book in the Rise of the Empire book series.
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    Patricia Perez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "If you are a fan of Star Trek and Star Wars, then I highly recommend this book. It has everything you could want, space battles, aliens, and other sci-fi that we all love. ..."
    Patricia Perez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "If you are a fan of Star Trek and Star Wars, then I highly recommend this book. It has everything you could want, space battles, aliens, and other sci-fi that we all love. "
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    #14Inheritance (Rise of the Empire Book 5)

    Inheritance (Rise of the Empire Book 5)

    Inheritance (Rise of the Empire Book 5) is a science-fiction fantasy novel written by Ivan Kal. First published in 2016, it is the fifth book in the Rise of the Empire book series.

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    Amit Khan
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "What the author does well is setting and technology. This book finishes one story line while starting another seamlessly, and drastically expands the scope of the universe. It..."
    Amit Khan
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "What the author does well is setting and technology. This book finishes one story line while starting another seamlessly, and drastically expands the scope of the universe. It is a good read, and a continuation of an enjoyable series. "
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    #15Reavers (The Ninth Book 3)

    Reavers (The Ninth Book 3)
    On the far reaches of colonized space, a lone colony goes dark. As the rest of the Commonwealth struggles to rebuild after the last war, a battleship of the Navy investigates the colony. What they find there threatens the entirety of humanity. While the Commonwealth struggles against internal turmoil an unknown menace on the edge of the galaxy grows.
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    Doris Brown
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Reavers (The Ninth Book 3) is one of the best space opera novels, outside of the Star Trek series. This book is is about a colonized space that is trying to recover from the l..."
    Doris Brown
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Reavers (The Ninth Book 3) is one of the best space opera novels, outside of the Star Trek series. This book is is about a colonized space that is trying to recover from the last war. This story follow the different hardships that are encountered while trying to rebuild."
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    #16Invasion (The Ninth Book 2)

    Invasion (The Ninth Book 2)

    Invasion (The Ninth Book 2) is a science-fiction fantasy novel written by Benjamin Schramm. First published in 2014 by Benjamin Schramm, it is the second book in The Ninth series.

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    Ramiro Barajas
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "While part of a series, this can be read by itself. Ostensibly, it's about a massive galactic battle. But no one would care if it weren't for the characters. Some of the relat..."
    Ramiro Barajas
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "While part of a series, this can be read by itself. Ostensibly, it's about a massive galactic battle. But no one would care if it weren't for the characters. Some of the relationships are more involving than others. Some grabbed my sympathy while others were a little tedious. "
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    #17The Ninth

    The Ninth

    The Ninth is a science-fiction fantasy novel written by Benjamin Schramm. First published in 2014 by Benjamin Schramm, it is the first book in The Ninth series.

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    Amber Hou
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Space opera novels are my absolute favorite thing to read, and I am always searching for new space opera books that are outside of my usual Star Trek and Star Wars choices. I..."
    Amber Hou
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Space opera novels are my absolute favorite thing to read, and I am always searching for new space opera books that are outside of my usual Star Trek and Star Wars choices. I recently read The Ninth, and I think I may have found a new favorite book series. I became absorbed into the story right away, and I didn't want to stop reading until I had finished the whole book. I hope the rest of the The Ninth series lives up to the awesomeness of the original."
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    #18Gardens of the Sun (The Quiet War)

    Gardens of the Sun (The Quiet War)

    Gardens of the Sun is a science fiction novel written by Paul McAuley. It was first published in 2010 by Pyr, and it is the second book in the Quiet War series. It is a space opera following Earth's regime over the Solar System.

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    Amy Bishop
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Quiet War is over. The city states of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, founded by descendants of refugees from Earth’s repressive regimes, the Outers, have fallen to the T..."
    Amy Bishop
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Quiet War is over. The city states of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, founded by descendants of refugees from Earth’s repressive regimes, the Outers, have fallen to the Three Powers Alliance of Greater Brazil, the European Union, and the Pacific Community. A century of enlightenment, rational utopianism and exploration of new ways of being human has fallen dark. Outers are herded into prison camps and forced to collaborate in the systematic plundering of their great archives of scientific and technical knowledge, while Earth’s forces loot their cities and settlements and ships, and plan a final solution to the ‘Outer problem.’ "

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Best space opera novels outside the Star Trek books
Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
1 Acorna: The Unicorn Girl Books 35 Paid
2 The Empire Books 31 Paid
3 Grimspace (Sirantha Jax) Books 29 Paid
4 Judgment at Proteus (Quadrail) Books 29 Paid
5 Foreigner Books 26 Paid
6 Primary Inversion (The Saga of the Skolian Empire) Books 24 Paid
7 Phylogenesis: Book One of The Founding of the Commonwealth Books 22 Paid
8 Dawn (Xenogenesis) Books 21 Paid
9 Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga) Books 19 Paid
10 The Tar-Aiym Krang Books 17 Paid
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