The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0707 Wednesday, 21 April 1999.
Date: Tuesday, 20 Apr 1999 13:55:21 +0100
Subject: 10.0698 Re: Titus Andronicus
Comment: Re: SHK 10.0698 Re: Titus Andronicus
> P.S.: Sorry, I meant to ask what a space-opera is?
Originally opera (obviously), then "horse opera" (dismissive reference
to cowboy stories-usually filmed?), then enters SF (in contrast to
"hard" science fiction-Hal Clements and Arthur C. Clarke) -- E.E. ("Doc)
Smith, and on a higher level, Van Vogt. Shifts from there to filmed
SF-Star Wars as space opera as opposed to e.g. 2001.
Dunno whether THE FORBIDDEN PLANET would count as a space opera version
of THE TEMPEST or not ...
It's a bit like Fats Waller on jazz, "If you don't know by now, lady
..." Inside the ghetto, it's obvious-surely there are some fen on this
list who can background this better than me?