Round one? A panel titled: "Science Fiction as Epic"
Often science fiction that is epic in nature is dismissed as "space opera," but science fiction can be epic without resorting to the world destroying of Edmond Hamilton or the dogfighting X-Wings of Star Wars. What constitutes epic science fiction and what does it do that more personal stories can't?
- Introduce yourselves, with an emphasis on your Epic SciFi Cred?
- What would you say are the qualities that separate something out as epic?
- What do you see as some of the better epic SF out there? In any media or from any time period.
- How many of your books would you describe as epic science fiction, and how?
- There are some who use the term "space opera" as a derogatory term -- like soap opera-- implying that it is crass, or the characters are shallow. One of the examples given about space opera has been EE "Doc" Smith, or the Lensmen novels, as John W. Campbell. Yet, I have also heard the term used to describe Babylon 5 and David Weber novels -- both of which have characters with deep motivations and back stories, some boarding on biographies. What is your opinion on the term space opera? Is it accurate? Is it derogatory.