Space Opera is said to have begun with a fellow known as E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith. Last time we talked about science fiction, we left with Hugo Gernsback and his contributions to the genre, and between his work and the beginnings of John W. Campbell’s Golden Age, Smith’s a major figure to look at. He’s a fascinating character, and his contributions to the genre deserve quite a bit more notice.
In a lot of ways, Smith invented the intergalactic space opera, from which so many well known books, television shows and films owe their existence.
Read up on The Amazing Stories of E.E. Doc Smith over on the Kirkus Reviews blog.