15 Space Operas for Fans of Dune
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Traverse our universe and beyond with titles from Ursula K. Le Guin, Arkady Martine, Frank Herbert, and more.
In Herbert's legendary space opera, Dune, protagonist Paul Atreides confronts treachery, prophecy, intergalactic schemes, and a battle to control the most powerful substance in the universe. To win, he must awaken a secret power in the depths of his soul.
This first book in the Hyperion Cantos series won the Hugo Award for best novel. Come for the story of a perilous pilgrimage across a distant, war-torn galaxy. Stay for the ancient artifacts, mysterious powers, and an unforgettable enigmatic creature known as the Shrike.
A Memory Called EmpireArkady Martine
Also a Hugo award winner, this book follows a young ambassador as she navigates the intricate politics of the Teixcalaanli Empire. She is quickly thrown into a series of cultural clashes and political intrigues that set her on a mission to avert a war of total destruction.
Leviathan WakesJames S. A. Corey
In this sci-fi take on the classic noir detective story, set in a future where humans have successfully colonized the solar system, a freighter captain and a cop unravel a conspiracy that could ignite an intergalactic war and threaten humanity's existence among the stars.
Consider PhlebasIain M. Banks
In the first novel in the author's Culture series of space operas, a shapeshifting mercenary embarks on a desperate mission, caught between warring civilizations in a high-stakes, galaxy-spanning conflict.
Ancillary JusticeAnn Leckie
This space opera set thousands of years in the future somehow feels less distant than it did even a year ago with the recent boom in AI. The story imagines the Radch empire which uses AIs to control human bodies and use them as soldiers.
A Fire Upon the DeepVernor Vinge
This space opera weaves together multiple storylines, exploring a universe-spanning conflict between warring civilizations of differing technological sophistication and the struggle to prevent a cataclysmic entity known as the 'Transcend' from destroying everything.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry PlanetBecky Chambers
Join this diverse crew of misfits as they journey aboard the Wayfarer to the far reaches of space, discovering the complexities of love, identity, and the vastness of the cosmos.
Gideon the NinthTamsyn Muir
Book 1 of Muir's Locked Tomb Series is a darkly humorous tale that follows swordswoman Gideon and witch Harrow as they compete in a deadly trial and navigate an intricate web of politics and intrigue in a crumbling space empire.
Revelation SpaceAlastair Reynolds
In a future where humanity has reached the stars, a scientist and a cyborg crew form an alliance and head to a remote planet to uncover the secrets of a long-dead alien civilization. A killer intent on keeping the secret hidden will stop them at any cost.
A motley crew of explorers sets off to investigate the mysterious, colossal Ringworld, uncovering its secrets and confronting the dangers of an enigmatic alien structure.
Too Like the Lightning: Book One of Terra IgnotaAda Palmer
Palmer's award-winning book is set in a 25th-century Earth, where gender norms are taboo and abundance is maintained by skillful central planners. But this closely controlled society's stability is threatened by a child with the power to make his imagination reality.
Ender's GameOrson Scott Card
A child prodigy is trained to become humanity's ultimate weapon against an alien threat, uncovering secrets and conspiracies as he grapples with the weight of his destiny.
The Left Hand of Darkness: 50th Anniversary EditionUrsula K. Le Guin
Not your typical space opera, in this story an emissary from Earth is sent to a frozen planet where he must navigate the intricate politics and culture of a planet where gender is fluid and sexual prejudice is absent, while also confronting his own deep-seated beliefs.
A young woman from a remote African tribe leaves home to attend a prestigious interstellar university, confronting alien species, ancient technology, and her own identity.