I'd like to open a thread on Space Opera. PLEASE tell me which is the best space opera you have read and why you liked it so much. Was it the science? The rip roaring adventure? The alien characterisation? The question's posed by the story?
I'll start be saying I'm a big fan of the later books in the Rama series by Arthur Clarke and Gentry Lee.
I thought their characterisation of Nicole Wakefield was interesting and series sense of wonder never failed to suck me along.