time opera n.
1953 Recommended Reading in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Apr. 98
As a period piece, Jack Williamson’s 1938 The Legion of Time (Fantasy Press) is grand fun, as the Old Master of the space-opera turns to the time-opera with fine swashbuckling and much ingenious speculation on alternate worlds.
1955 Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction May 3 (editorial introduction to Poul Anderson’s Time Patrol)
Space operas are all very well; but for real honest swashbuckling adventure, spiced with intellectual paradoxes and startling historical contrasts, give me that rarer art form, the time opera.
F. G. Payer’s preposterous time-opera, ‘Tomorrow Sometimes Comes’.
Readin’ & Writhin’ in Science Fiction Quarterly Feb. 51/2
From a writer whom we have come to recognize as the past-mistress of swashbuckling color and action on a galactic scale, we have a true novel which expresses her own personality in a way her space-and-time-opera never has. We have a plausible, understandable future created almost without gimmicks.]
Reference Library in Astounding Science Fiction May 144/2
This was a thoroughly uninvolving attempt at humorous adventure. In attempting to poke fun at time-operas it succeeded in becoming much poorer than anything it sought to parody.
Letter in Amazing Stories Jan. 127/2
The Dreaming Dragons: A Time Opera.
Smith’s galactic police illustrate the ease with which a mystery story can slip into romantic space opera. A similar metamorphosis can occur in time opera.
Literary Symbiosis 132
[1993 Interzone (#68) Feb. 24/2
Old-fashioned space-and-time opera featuring a vast and cruel energy-being which lives inside stars and a human who has survived into the distant future by all the usual sf methods: freezer compartments, time dilation, [etc.].]
Polity Agent involves all the appurtenances of Asher’s previous novels: big weapons, big monsters, and human disasters on an increasingly cosmic scale. He even slips in some of the time opera nuances we saw in Cowl and addresses the question of singularity.
in Interzone (#208) Feb. 64/2 (review of Neal Asher’s Polity Agent)
(presumably) Anthony Boucher, in F&SF
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