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Space Opera - Catherynne M. Valente
Space Opera
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy meets the joy and glamour of Eurovision in bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente's science fiction spectacle, where sentient races compete for glory in a galactic musical contest...and the stakes are as high as the fate of planet Earth. A century ago, the... show more
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy meets the joy and glamour of Eurovision in bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente's science fiction spectacle, where sentient races compete for glory in a galactic musical contest...and the stakes are as high as the fate of planet Earth.

A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented?something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding.

Once every cycle, the great galactic civilizations gather for the Metagalactic Grand Prix?part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Species far and wide compete in feats of song, dance and/or whatever facsimile of these can be performed by various creatures who may or may not possess, in the traditional sense, feet, mouths, larynxes, or faces. And if a new species should wish to be counted among the high and the mighty, if a new planet has produced some savage group of animals, machines, or algae that claim to be, against all odds, sentient? Well, then they will have to compete. And if they fail? Sudden extermination for their entire species.

This year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe. And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick, and electric guitars. Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny?they must sing.

Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes have been chosen to represent their planet on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of Earth lies in their ability to rock.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781481497503
Publisher: Saga Press
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
Category:
Science Fiction
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Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
3.5 Eurovision in Space
So exactly what it says, the Eurovision in Space only the first time you enter you have to not place last so your species survives. It's a bit twisted and idea driven but very interesting. It's not a bad read but I'm not sure it's a Hugo worthy read. Part of the Hugo read. I now have read half ...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
4.0 Space Opera
I hemmed and hawed over whether to give this 4 or 4.5 stars. While generally, 4 stars is sort of my default for 'this was good', in this case, several pertinent facts should be kept in mind: - I don't like space related books. - I don't like fantasy books that involve names I can't pronounce ...
Ceridwen
Ceridwen rated it
0.0 BBC 1! BBC 2! BBC 3!
A Cat Valente novel in the vein of Hitchhiker's Guide, which both works and doesn't work in the ways one would expect from such a thing. Valente's prose has always been extremely ornamental, and she applies this to British-style humor with a trowel. Sometimes this becomes just deliriously, fabulousl...
JL's Bibliomania
JL's Bibliomania rated it
3.0 Space Opera
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy meets Eurovision!!! Cool concept, right? I agree that it's a cool concept, but I can't say that I found Space Opera quite as amazeballs as some of the other reviews I've seen here at BookLikes. Like most Saturday Night Live skits, I felt like Space Opera had on...
Evaine's Books, Books and More Books
Evaine's Books, Books and More Books rated it
0.0 Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente - My Thoughts
I tried, folks, I really tried hard! I bought this book because everyone recommended it. All the book blogs, all the SFF authors and even some of the authors in other genres that I follow. I loved the idea of it. And then it got picked up for a movie treatment. It had to be good, right?Well.. n...
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