2018-10-07 22:59:21 UTC
This is a reference work by Blue Tyson. I got it as a free e-book from
Barnes and Noble. Mainly that was to test the method for downloading
Nook books to desktop. But I chose that particular one because I
thought it might be interesting or useful. It's listed as a Smashwords
book, so probably available there as well. I haven't checked Kindle.
I didn't really look at before getting it. I originally thought it
would be discussing those topics, but it turned out to be just a big
honking list. Two lists really.
The entries all look like this (picked totally at random):
ST-X-4.0 Spoor, Ryk E. : The Big Idea
NSO-E-3.0 Spoor, Ryk : Grand Central Arena 01
NSO-E-3.0 Spoor, Ryk : Grand Central Arena 02
NSO-E-3.5 Spoor, Ryk : Grand Central Arena 03
NSO-E-3.0 Spoor, Ryk : Grand Central Arena 04
The codes in the first three columns are explained as:
ESO = Elder Space Opera
MSO = Modern Space Opera
NSO = New Space Opera
PSO = Pastiche Space Opera
SSO = Spoof Space Opera
TSO = Media Tie-In Space Opera
EPR = Planetary Romance Elder
MPR = Planetary Romance Modern
NPR = Planetary Romance New
NF = Study Space Opera articles etc.
N = Novel
C = Collection
A = Anthology
M = Magazine
O = Omnibus
S = Short Story
E = Excerpt
R = Serial
X = Non-Fiction
Rating out of 5 stars
Now, it doesn't explain exactly the distinction between "Modern" and
"New" but one could review some entries to get an idea. I'd guess that
modern would be 60s-80s, and new to be 2000+ with the "Space Opera
Renaissance" or thereabouts.
There is a second part of the book, which is the entries sorted by the
first column (so into categories) rather than the author's last name.
I took it a step further. I wanted it in a spreadsheet so I could sort
things how I wanted. I used to do that kind of thing all the time when
I what was a productive member of society.
I opened the book in Calibre, copied all the text out to an editor,
then did a bit of search and replace to get decent delimiters for
import into Open Office Calc. Then a few cleanups for things that
didn't quite work.
Look like I might be able to get some ideas for new works to
investigate. If not, it only cost me time.