Monday, April 21, 2014

Defining the Space Opera with Annie Nicholas

What is a Space Opera?

When I first heard the term space opera I pictured a futuristic movie with singing. Like a cross between Star Wars and Sound of Music, but the term has no relation to music. It is instead a play on the term "soap opera".

Drama, drama, drama…

Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that often emphasizes a romantic element. The stories are set mainly or entirely in outer space and usually involve advanced abilities, weapons and other technology. Often the stories come with a large dose of melodramatic adventure.

So when I say Space Opera think of TV shows like:

·        Star Trek
·        Battle Star Galactica
·        Babylon 5
·        Doctor Who
·        Farscape
·        Firefly

For books, here are my favorites:

·        Alliance-Union Universe   CJ Cherryh
·        Foreigner series  CJ Cherryh
·        Dragons of Pern  Anne Mccaffrey  (yep, science fiction AND dragons)
·        Ender’s Game  Orson Scott Card
·        Dune  Frank Herbert

All these authors and shows influence me in my science fiction ideas. Most of my back list is paranormal romance but sci-fi has always been my first love. I have many stories filed away but hadn’t the nerve to publish them until now. (They’re my babies after all.)

No Refuge is what I’d call a cross between Firefly and Babylon 5. It’s not shiny like Star Trek. I believe the future will be filled with rust buckets and rough pioneers. I also think we’ll be out classed by the aliens we’ll meet and show that in this series.

I believe humans are tough critters and we’ll persevere.  

No Refuge 
Known Universe
Book 1
Annie Nicholas

Genre: Space Opera/Science Fiction Romance

Publisher: Lyrical Press/Kensington

Date of Publication:  April 7, 2014

ISBN: 9781616505295

Number of pages: 94
Word Count: 24,000

Cover Artist: Renee Rocco

Book Description:

Hunted to near extinction by an alien race called the Ko, my people have run from Earth and drifted so far among the stars we can’t remember the way back. We live everywhere, but call nowhere home. The Ko want us erased from existence and memory. They don’t even want our DNA in the space dust. Humans disguise themselves as other alien species and hide in plain sight. It’s the only way we can survive.

I believe in the myth of Earth. I’ve even discovered a bona fide book written in the dead language of my people. My man, Brody, dreams of a secret human colony. He’s searched for years, hunting any rumor we’ve run across, and finally he’s made contact. Usually, he’s the one grounding me to station and keeping my head out of the atmosphere. Time for me to return the favor…that is, if I can ditch the Ko who’ve discovered me, thanks to my incessant artifact-hunting. If we don’t make our rendezvous, and the Ko don’t kill me, Brody just might…

CONTENT WARNING: Aliens, cargo ships, and a fast paced race against all odds.

About the Author:

Annie Nicholas writes paranormal romance with a twist. She has courted vampires, hunted with shifters, and slain a dragon’s ego all with the might of her pen. Riding the wind of her imagination, she travels beyond the restraints of reality and shares them with anyone wanting to read her stories. Mother, daughter, and wife are some of the other hats she wears while hiking through the hills and dales of her adopted state of Vermont.

Annie writes for Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, and Lyrical Press.



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