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  • n. A subgenre of speculative fiction or science fiction that emphasizes space travel, romantic adventure, and larger-than-life characters often set against vast exotic settings. Used initially as a derogatory term.
  • n. A subgenre of speculative fiction or science fiction that utilises serialisation.
  • n. A work or production in this style.

Etymologies

Compound of space +‎ opera. The term was originally derived from the term horse opera and thus indirectly from soap opera, and was coined to describe a specific hackneyed science fiction writing style. (Wiktionary)

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