Sunday Post: Space Opera Week


Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

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My photo gallery this week includes photos of my daughter and my pedicures plus photos of the two orchid plants I bought when we went to the plant sale last week. They’ve started blooming and are beautiful! The bouquet of flowers is from my son on Mothers Day. They are beautiful–still are even after a week!

My cats

The other photos show my three cats–Elf (the calico), Katzi (the gray) and Scorch (the part Siamese). They all have very different personalities.

Scorch loves to lay with her hind legs splayed out. Makes her look a little like a cat rug! Scorch will only sit on my lap. She runs and hides when new people come around.

Elf is always the first to sit on my lap in the mornings and can be very “in your face!” She also runs to jump on the cat tower in the morning when I open the window shade by the tower.

Katzi is regal, aloof and strong-willed. She is 15 or 16 years old. I’ve only had her about five years, but she’s a sweetheart. The shelter said she was 10+ years when we adopted her. She only has one tooth left, but insists on eating dry food. She has a strong, loud meow and piercing stare when she wants something. Each year we’ve had her she’s lost about a pound and now weighs only a little over five pounds. She had a bladder infection a couple of weeks ago and the vet said there could be other problems. She is better for now.

Outdoor concert season and lots of rain

Outdoor concerts have begun and we went to one this last week. Lots of fun. There was a food truck there plus hamburgers and brats (with sauerkraut, of course!) Lots of people were there and the band was great. It was only a high of about 60 degrees that day and had rained a lot, but that didn’t deter people from enjoying the show.

We have had lots of rain this week and the temps cooled when a cold front came through. Early in the week we had two days above 90 degrees! Our river is about a half-foot below flood stage might rise another foot or so, but only cause very minor flooding. So that’s good.


I have more blog posts planned for next week. I hope that works out! This was Space Opera week which I didn’t discover until later in the week so I’m putting up a post about it for next week. Watching the Detectives by Julie Mulhern comes out this next week and I highly recommend it!

Blog posts
Blog posts planned
  • WWW Wednesday
  • Review: Watching the Detectives by Julie Mulhern
  • My favorite Space Operas
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier

What I’ve read

A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

Some books I got recently

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

Killing Gravity by Corey J. White

The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley

Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas

Interesting on the Internet

This last week was Space Opera week

I love the Space Opera subgenre of Science Fiction, but hadn’t realized it was Space Opera week until it was nearly past! There were some interesting lists and articles I read during the week.

Explore the Cosmos in 10 Classic Space Opera Universes by Alan Brown– from Tor.Com Blog

During the Golden Age of Science Fiction, there was a lot of concern about the amount of apparent dross being mixed in with the gold. The term “space opera” was originally coined to describe some of the more formulaic stories, a term used in the same derisive manner as “soap opera” or “horse opera.” But, like many other negative terms over the years, the term space opera has gradually taken on more positive qualities.

Mr. Brown writes about some of his favorite space opera universes including several I’ve read and loved: the Uplift Universe by David Brin, Robert Heinlein’s Juveniles and the Liaden Universe by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.

From Dark to Dark: Yes, Women Have Always Written Space Opera — from Tor.Com Blog

An article from author Judith Tarr best known for her fantasy novels. She talks about women authors who wrote space opera years ago, but who aren’t always well-known. Andre Norton is one of those authors. I read and loved her books when I was a teenager, but had no idea she was a woman until years later! Very interesting article.

10 Comics & Graphic Novels for Space Opera Fans — from B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

I don’t read many comics or graphic novels (only one or two in the last five years), but several of these really tempt me. For example, ODY-C, Volume One: Off to Far Ithicaa by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward is Homer’s Odyssey set in Space. But with mostly women characters.

All of these comics and graphic novels sound very different from each other so that’s exciting, too.

Space Opera: Making Us Immortal With One Neat Trick — from B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

This article talks about one of the tropes of space opera–the stories are on a grand scale and often span lightyears–and how some authors have accomplished this. Maybe by cloning, by traveling near the speed of light and thus aging differently or by characters in cryopreservation or some sort of hibernation.

55 Essential Space Operas from the Last 70 Years — from B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

This starts with Classic Space Opera from authors likes Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and Anne McCaffrey and continues through to New Wave to Hits of the 80’s to British Space Opera to 21st Century Space Opera. I’ve read some of these books, but there are a lot I haven’t read and some I hadn’t even heard of! Lots to explore here.

Tales of the Rampant Coyote blog–Space Opera Week: Links to Cool Operatic Spacey Thingies!

Lots of great links to both space opera week articles and a link to a Military SF bundle deal. Plus links to video games, TV shows and a movie. Tales of the Rampant Coyote is the blog for Rampant Games an indie gaming company.

If you google Space Opera Week you’ll find lots of other great articles about space opera.

Sync Audiobooks

Every week until August 16 two young adult audiobooks are free to download. These books are young adult titles so if that’s your favorite genre check them out.

Audiobooks available May 18 – 24

The Gathering: Shadow House Book 1 by Dan Poblocki | Read by Dan Bittner

Published by Scholastic Audiobooks

Multiplatform takes on horror with a trilogy that brings Miss Peregrine to middle grade with an online Skeleton Creek twist! Come Play With Us…

Buildings have memories. Places bear scars. We’ve all had those moments–a chill in the air, a sense that something terrible once happened where we stand. But some houses are more than scary. They’re hungry.

Larkspur House has lured five kids inside, and they’re trapped. The five will have to look carefully–there are clues to the house’s secrets scattered all over the grounds, and if they can figure out the past, it might show them a way out of their terrifying present. Will they stay strong enough to discover the house’s weakness and escape? Or will the horrors of Larkspur House scare the five right out of their minds?

Each book in the series is full of creepy photos and objects that tell one story in the book, and unlock exciting, choose-your-own-adventure stories online where kids try to survive the house!

In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do To Stop It by Nita Belles | Read by Nicol Zanzarella

Published by Oasis Audio

Modern slavery is happening all around you . . . and you can be part of the solution.

Human trafficking is not just something that happens in other countries. Nor is it something that just happens to “other people,” such as runaways or the disenfranchised. Even kids in your own neighborhood can fall victim. But they don’t have to.

Through true stories and expertise from her many years of boots-on-the-ground experience, anti-trafficking expert Nita Belles teaches you everything you need to know about human trafficking in the United States, helping you identify risk factors, take practical steps to keep your loved ones and neighbors safe from predators, and recognize trafficking around you, so that you can help fight it.

Audiobooks available May 25 – 31

Freakling by Lana Krumwiede | Read by Nick Podehl

Published by Brilliance Audio

Taemon has always known he’s a bit different. But in the walled city of Deliverance, where everyone possesses a form of telekinesis known as psi, being different is dangerous. Being different can get you labeled a freakling. Or worse, see you banished to the Powerless Colony, where even the simplest tasks, like getting dressed or turning on the lights, must be done by hand. Taemon has learned to blend in, to pretend he’s just like everyone else in Deliverance. To pretend that he can’t send his mind wandering into objects and see exactly how they work. But Taemon’s brother, Yens, suspects the truth, and he’ll stop at nothing—even murder—to expose Taemon’s secret. In this thrilling dystopian novel from newcomer Lana Krumwiede, Taemon must choose between accepting his life among the freaklings or fighting for the destiny he’s never wanted?—and all that comes with it.

Boy by Anna Ziegler | Read by Sarah Drew, John Getz, Travis Johns, Amy Pietz, Bobby Steggert

Published by L.A. Theatre Works

Anna Ziegler’s Boy is a powerful statement about sexual identity and the mystery of what makes us who we are. After a baby boy is seriously injured in an accident, a doctor persuades his parents to raise the child as a girl. As the child grows up, the child—known as Samantha and Adam at different times—faces an extraordinary challenge to carve out a place in the world.

An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:

Sarah Drew as Jenny
John Getz as Dr. Wendell Barnes
Travis Johns as Doug
Amy Pietz as Trudy
Bobby Steggert as Adam Turner

Directed by Debbie Devine. Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA in July of 2016.

Boy is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? What are you planning?