Quote Originally Posted by RimWorlder View Post
To me, space opera is 'action adventure' with blasters substituted for cutlasses or six guns, space ships substituted for ships of the line or horses - simple action adventure in a loosely agreed upon "science fictional" setting.

Just because a work is dated does not automatically place it in the space opera category.
Your perception of space opera is just different from ours i guess...dated works have nothing to do with it.