You Can Hardly Have A Space Opera Without Aliens
Okay, it is possible. Isaac Asimov’s Foundation features humans only. But a mainstay of the genre has long been the appearance of strange alien races, some far more advanced than humans. They were in E.E. “Doc” Smith’s Lensman series, in Buck Rogers, and of course in Star Wars and most of the major space operas on TV, such as Star Trek, Babylon 5, and Farscape.
Part of any adventure story has long been visiting the strange, the foreign, and the exotic. From Allan Quatermain to Tarzan to John Carter to Luke Skywalker, the adventurer has found himself surrounded by those unlike himself. Aliens provide that exoticism and sense of a far bigger universe. Continue reading