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space opera

n.
A subgenre of science fiction characterized by extraterrestrial settings and having melodramatic plots typical of soap operas.

[Coined by Wilson "Bob" Tucker (1914-2006), American science fiction writer, on the model of horse opera and soap opera.]

space opera

n
(Film) a science-fiction drama, such as a film or television programme, esp one dealing with interplanetary flight

space′ op`er•a

(ˈɒp ər ə, ˈɒp rə)
n.
a science-fiction adventure story involving space travel.
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