I think in general the Kindle has been great for all sorts of pulp genres like romance and space opera, but I really think the kindest thing ereaders did for space operas was removing the need to lug around enormous books. The epic scale of this lovable sub-genre tends to necessitate epic page counts. Most space operas won't fit in khaki pockets, or it looks like you're doing a lousy job of smuggling cocaine if they do, but a smart phone with the Kindle app will fit just fine.
Growing up in the Star Wars generation, the originals, not the prequels, I don't think I ever had a chance; I was destined to love space operas. The first book I ever wrote was a space opera, and after floating around for awhile with limited attention, it finally died without fanfare as one of those space operas that was too big and too shelf-space intensive for bookstores to view as financially viable. The Kindle changes all that. My monstrous epic can now be as small as a Blackberry if need be without losing any of the grand scope or scale.
So, thank you, Kindle. And thank you to http://hungrypantherpublishing.com/ for recognizing that space operas are worth the time and effort in the digital age.
The Harbinger and the Shepherd (Prophecy of the Third Age Trilogy) wouldn't have found a second life were it not for the ereader revival of so many genres and sub-genres.
Feel free to list your own favorite space opera revived by the Kindle.
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