Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Space Heroes A Brief History

The Space Heroes - A Brief History

This is based on what I have read and am currently familiar with. Suggestions are good. More than likely I have forgotten some.

This is about characters who have had prose appearances, only, but noting their first appearance chronologically if rather different. There are lists of the relevant material afterwards that I have read, with links.

I also haven't included ever single minor example that I know of, either. A few of the more esoteric or single appearances of the more superheroic variety you will find at Super Reader, for example. No particular interest in aimed at kids series, either.


A Princess Of Mars [Under the Moons of Mars [John Carter]] (1912) - Edgar Rice Burroughs
John Carter, Virginian, ends up on Barsoom and the rest is history, along with Dejah Thoris, Tars Tarkas, a lot of offspring and some supervillains. There's a Venusian counterpart series, as well.
Barsoom : 01 A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Barsoom : 02 The Gods of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Barsoom : 04 Thuvia, Maid of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Barsoom : 05 The Chessmen of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Barsoom : 06 The Master Mind of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Barsoom : 07 A Fighting Man of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Barsoom : 08 Swords of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Barsoom : 09 Synthetic Men of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Barsoom : 10 Llana of Gathol - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Barsoom : 11 John Carter of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
John Carter Of Mars : 1 John Carter and the Giant Of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
John Carter Of Mars : 1 Skeleton Men Of Jupiter - Edgar Rice Burroughs


Armageddon 2149 AD [Buck Rogers] (1928) - Philip Francis Nowlan
The advent of Buck Rogers, as Anthony Rogers wakes up in the future and team sup with Wilma Deering for some military action.
Buck Rogers : 01 Armageddon 2419 AD - Philip Francis Nowlan
Buck Rogers : 02 The Airlords of Han - Philip Francis Nowlan
Buck Rogers : The Man from the 25th Century - Glen A. Larson
Buck Rogers : That Man on Beta - Glen A. Larson
Buck Rogers : Arrival - Abigail Irvine
Arrival : 1 Armageddon 1995 - Flint Dille
Arrival : 2 The Homecoming - Robert Sheckley
Arrival : 3 Triple Cross - Abigail Irvine
Arrival : 4 Tryst of Fate - M. S. Murdock
Arrival : 5 Two Barneys - Ulrike O'Reilly
Arrival : 6 The Relic - Flint Dille
Arrival : 7 Adversary - Jerry Oltion

Crashing Suns [Interstellar Patrol] (1928) - Edmond Hamilton
The first of the stories about a stalwart group of alien colleagues saving the world, solar system, galaxy or universe from immense threats, whether by massive ship battles, chases, or a bit of good old fashioned biffo.
Starwolves and the Interstellar Patrol - Edmond Hamilton

The Skylark Of Space [Skylark] (1929) - E. E. Doc Smith
One good scientist, one girl, one bad scientist, one ship.
The Skylark Of Space - E. E. Doc Smith

Planet Of Peril [Grandon] (1929) - Otis Adelbert Kline
The Venusian part of Kline's Planetary Romances.

The Legion Of Space [Legion Of Space] (1934) - Jack Williamson
A musketeeresque (among others) romp to stop the bad guys taking over your organisation, not to mention a doomsday weapon, and a woman that surprises them. A couple more books round out the series.
Legion of Space : 1 The Legion of Space - Jack Williamson


Shambleau [Northwest Smith] (1993) - C. L. Moore
This tale of antihero Smith and a strange vampire woman of Mars is excellent, and the complete Northwest Smith has been released recently by Planet Stories.
Northwest Of Earth - C. L. Moore

The Swordsman Of Mars [Swordsman Of Mars] (1933) - Otis Adelbert Kline
Kline's answer to John Carter of Mars. A remastered and much improved version has just been released by the Planet Stories press.

Pirates Of Venus [Amtor, Carson] (1934) - Edgar Rice Burroughs
ERB, keeping up with the Klineses.
Amtor : 3 Carson of Venus - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Amtor : 5 The Wizard of Venus - Edgar Rice Burroughs

Flash Gordon (1934) - Alex Raymond
The comic strip heroic polo player's adventures started in the aforementioned medium, and first appeared in prose in 1936 in a couple of publications normal mortals are never likely to find, an obscure pulp magazine, and a novel.
Flash Gordon : Flash Gordon (novelisation) - Arthur Byron Cover

Galactic Patrol [Lensman, Kimball Kinnison] (1937) - E. E. Doc Smith
The magazine appearance of this wild space opera starring Kimball Kinnison and his crew of space axe and raygun wielding underlings. This series evolves into superpowered agents and a galaxy wide no holds barred throw planets at them kill or be killed war with space pirates. Having a varied bunch of superhuman power wielding fellow Lensman and some big brained alien mentors helps, too. Along with smart kids.
Lensman : 1 Triplanetary - E. E. Doc Smith
Lensman : 2 First Lensman - E. E. Doc Smith
Lensman : 3 Galactic Patrol - E. E. Doc Smith
Lensman : 4 Gray Lensman - E. E. Doc Smith
Lensman : 5 Second Stage Lensman - E. E. Doc Smith
Lensman : 6 Children of the Lens - E. E. Doc Smith
Lensman : 7 Masters of the Vortex - E. E. Doc Smith
Lensman : Pirates Of Space - E. E. Doc Smith
Masters Of the Vortex : 1 The Vortex Blaster - E. E. Doc Smith
Masters Of the Vortex : 2 Storm Cloud on Deka - E. E. Doc Smith
Masters Of the Vortex : 3 The Vortex Blaster Makes War - E. E. Doc Smith

Superman (1938) - Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
While very often Earthbound, this is not always the case for The Man Of Steel, as, along with Crisis On Infinite Earths, Elliott S. Maggin's Last Son Of Krypton novel shows. Superman and Luthor even have to team-up to get out of this deep space situation.
Superman : Krypto Starwinds Howl - Eliott S. Maggin
Superman : Last Son of Krypton - Eliott S. Maggin
Superman : Luthor's Gift - Eliott S. Maggin

Almuric (1939) - Robert E. Howard
Howard's take on the Planetary Romance, as adventure Esau Cairn awakes naked and alone and ventures forth into trouble on a new planet.
Unique : Almuric - Robert E. Howard

Black Destroyer [Space Beagle] (1939) - A. E. Van Vogt
Plucky scientist adventurers come across a powerful alien, and Alien would later be born.
The Voyage Of the Space Beagle - A. E. Van Vogt


The Space Emperor [Captain Future] (1940) - Edmond Hamilton
A space superhero and his band of oddballs, robots, brains, included do what superhero teams do, just all over space. A couple were written by people other than Hamilton.
Captain Future : 11 The Comet Kings - Edmond Hamilton
Captain Future : 13 The Face of the Deep - Edmond Hamilton
Captain Future : 18 Red Sun of Danger - Edmond Hamilton
Captain Future : 21 The Return of Captain Future - Edmond Hamilton
Captain Future : 22 Children of the Sun - Edmond Hamilton
Captain Future : 23 The Harpers of Titan - Edmond Hamilton
Captain Future : 24 Pardon My Iron Nerves - Edmond Hamilton
Captain Future : 25 Moon of the Unforgotten - Edmond Hamilton
Captain Future : 26 Earthmen No More - Edmond Hamilton
Captain Future : 27 Birthplace of Creation - Edmond Hamilton
The Death of Captain Future (1996) - Allen M. Steele
A moving, sterling novella of a delusional ship captain taking on a new crewman, and the trouble he gets into, as well as being a homage of sorts to the titular character.
Space Opera Renaissance : The Death of Captain Future - Allen Steele

The Rull [Trevor Jamieson] (1948) - A. E. Van Vogt
A story that would become part of a fixup collection, The War Against the Rull. Humans have to learn how to deal with aliens that don't like them much.

Agent Of Vega [Vegan Agents] (1949) - James H. Schmitz
The first story about this group of superpowered super space agents appeared, continuing into the next decade.
Vegan Agents : Agent of Vega and Other Stories (Baen) - James H. Schmitz

Queen Of the Martian Catacombs [Eric John Stark] (1949) - Leigh Brackett
The adventures of the wild man of Mercury whether in our solar system, or others, begin here. Awesome stuff, as is much of her other work that is similar, Sea-Kings Of Mars, etc. Black Amazons, Enchantresses and giant Hounds await.
The Eric John Stark Saga - Leigh Brackett and Edmond Hamilton
Sea-Kings Of Mars and Otherworldly Stories - Leigh Brackett

The Star Kings (1949) - Edmond Hamilton
Interstellar lords and conflict as an Earthman's consciousness travels to inhabit the body of a space prince, and later he gets the full body treatment.
Stark and the Star Kings and Other Stories - Leigh Brackett
Stark and the Star Kings - Leigh Brackett and Edmond Hamilton
The Eric John Stark Saga - Leigh Brackett


Scanners Live In Vain [The Instrumentality Of Mankind] (1950) - Cordwainer Smith
The beginning of Smith's brilliant and strange Future History, which would not see the recurring characters appear until the sixties.
Scanners Live In Vain - Cordwainer Smith
On the Gem Planet [The Instrumentality Of Mankind, Casher O'Neill] (1963) - Cordwainer Smith
O'Neill appears in five other stories, titled in similar manner.
The Rediscovery Of Man - Cordwainer Smith
The Boy Who Bought Old Earth [The Instrumentality Of Mankind, Rod McBan] (1964) - Cordwainer Smith
A sequence of tales that would culminate in the novel, Norstrilia, years later.
Norstrilia - Cordwainer Smith

Tiger By the Tail [Technic History, Dominic Flandry] (1951) - Poul Anderson
The exploits of a Bondesque flamboyant interstellar agent trying to slow the decline of the Terran Empire into barbarism begins here.
Flandry : Ensign Flandry - Poul Anderson
Flandry : 4 Agent of the Terran Empire - Poul Anderson

David Starr, Space Ranger [Lucky Starr] (1952) - Isaac Asimov
Kids series, it would seem.
From Lucky Starr and the Moons of Jupiter - Isaac Asimov
From Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus - Isaac Asimov

Star Rangers [Central Control] (1953) - Andre Norton
A down and out space patrol have to try and do something about a super telepath.
Star Rangers - Andre Norton

Med Service [Med Service] (1957) - Murray Leinster
The adventures of an interstellar medical agent and his alien animal partner with its useful abilities.
Med Ship - Murray Leinster

The Interstellar Patrol [Federation Of Humanity, Interstellar Patrol] (1958) - Christopher Anvil
His long series of stories started here, about agents recruited for their fast and lateral thinking abilities to get out there in the galaxy and solve problems.
Interstellar Patrol - Christopher Anvil
Interstellar Patrol II - Christopher Anvil

The Legion Of Super-Heroes (1958) - Otto Binder
Edmond Hamilton would write a chunk of this. This team of young people, all with different superpowers of some sort continue to have wild space adventures and fight off alien invasions and supercriminals to this day. The Legion do appear in Crisis On Infinite Earths and presumably there will be a Final Crisis book, too. They certainly deserve a novel.

Dorsai! [Childe Cycle] (1959) - Gordon R. Dickson
A series about the splintering of humanity, the Dorsai mercenaries, and a superhuman leader or two, with a varying cast of lead characters that reappear.
Dorsai : 01 Dorsai! - Gordon R. Dickson
Dorsai : 02 Necromancer - Gordon R. Dickson
Dorsai : 03 Soldier, Ask Not - Gordon R. Dickson
Dorsai : 04 Tactics of Mistake - Gordon R. Dickson
Dorsai : 07 The Final Encyclopedia - Gordon R. Dickson
Dorsai : 08 The Dorsai Companion - Gordon R. Dickson
Dorsai : 09 The Chantry Guild - Gordon R. Dickson
Dorsai : Spirit of Dorsai - Gordon R. Dickson
Dorsai : Soldier, Ask Not [short story] - Gordon R. Dickson

Green Lantern [Hal Jordan] (1959) - Gil Kane
Original 1940s Green Lantern Alan Scott has a magic ring, not one bequeathed upon him by a dying alien that makes him a galaxy-faring space patrolman, as is the case with Hal Jordan, and those that follow after him.
Green Lantern : Hero's Quest - Dennis O'Neil
Green Lantern : 1 Sleepers 1 - Christopher Priest and Mike Baron

Chance Encounter [John Grimes] (1959) - A. Bertram Chandler
The beginning of the large role that Grimes' exploits would play in Chandler's Rim Worlds Future History. There are many novels and stories to be found in this series. A bit of a selection is below.
Chance Encounter - A. Bertram Chandler
Beyond the Galactic Rim - A. Bertram Chandler
Alternate Orbits - A. Bertram Chandler
Catch the Star Winds - A. Bertram Chandler
The Commodore At Sea - A. Bertram Chandler
The Far Traveller - A. Bertram Chandler
Grimes and the Gaijin Daimyo - A. Bertram Chandler
The Hard Way Up - A. Bertram Chandler
The Rim Gods - A. Bertram Chandler
The Rim Gods - A. Bertram Chandler
The Rim Of Space - A. Bertram Chandler
Space Mercenaries - A. Bertram Chandler

The Lady In the Tower [Tower and the Hive] (1959) - Anne McCaffrey
Space travel requires the use of those with immense psychic abilities.
The Rowan - Anne McCaffrey
Damia - Anne McCaffrey


Diplomat-At-Arms [Jaime Retief] (1960) - Keith Laumer
An action man interstellar diplomat stuck in a Yes Minister style service, with sneaky alien opposition.
Retief! - Keith Laumer

The Fantastic Four (1961) - Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
The new Marvel Age arrives with this team of astronaut adventurers getting a dose of too much radiation in space, and becoming a family superteam.

The X-Men (1961) - Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
An origin born of radiation, for these mutants. However, in the 1970s the New X-Men would certainly do their share of space adventuring, particularly in The Dark Phoenix Saga and with the space pirate Starjammers. There are many X-Men novels and anthologies. An obvious book to include here is the X-Men/Star Trek crossover novel.
Planet X - Michael Jan Friedman

The Stainless Steel Rat [Stainless Steel Rat] - Harry Harrison
The story that started the long series about interstellar thief Slippery Jim di Griz and his wife, forced to behave and do what they do best, somewhat for good.
Stainless Steel Rat : 01 The Stainless Steel Rat - Harry Harrison
Stainless Steel Rat : 02 The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge - Harry Harrison
Stainless Steel Rat : 03 The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World - Harry Harrison
Stainless Steel Rat : 04 The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You - Harry Harrison
Stainless Steel Rat : 05 The Stainless Steel Rat for President - Harry Harrison
Stainless Steel Rat : 06 A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born - Harry Harrison
Stainless Steel Rat : 07 The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted - Harry Harrison
Stainless Steel Rat : 08 The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues - Harry Harrison
Stainless Steel Rat : 09 The Stainless Steel Rat Goes to Hell - Harry Harrison
Stainless Steel Rat : 10 The Stainless Steel Rat Joins the Circus - Harry Harrison
Stainless Steel Rat : The Stainless Steel Rat
Stainless Steel Rat : The Return Of the Stainless Steel Rat

Novice [Hub, Telzey Amberdon] (1962) - James H. Schmitz
Legacy [Hub, Trigger Argee] (1962) - James H. Schmitz
Schmitz's Hub universe contains the adventures of the TnT pair of Telzey Amberdon and Trigger Argee. Whether with psionics or pistols they get the job done, whoever the opponent. Contained most concisely in the various Baen collections.
Hub : Telzey Amberdon - James H. Schmitz
Telzey Amberdon : 2 TNT: Telzey and Trigger - James H. Schimitz
Trigger Argee : 1 Trigger and Friends - James H. Schimitz
Hub : Trigger and Friends 1 Harvest Time [Trigger Argee] - James H. Schmitz

Dune [Paul Atreides, Jessica Atreides, Duncan Idaho] (1963) - Frank Herbert
A planetary romance with space opera scale if you like, given how important Arrakis is to the overall story. One of the best science fiction novels ever, of course, as this tale religiopolitical plotting to breed a superhuman comes undone in spectacularly martial fashion when Paul Atreides and his mother Jessica survive to get the jump on those out to get or use them.
Dune : 01 Dune - Frank Herbert
Dune : 02 Dune Messiah - Frank Herbert
Dune : 03 Children of Dune - Frank Herbert
Dune : 04 God Emperor of Dune - Frank Herbert
Dune : 05 Heretics of Dune - Frank Herbert
Dune : 06 Chapterhouse Dune - Frank Herbert
Dune : 07 House Atreides - Brian Herbert
Dune : 08 House Harkonnen - Brian Herbert
Dune : 09 House Corrino - Brian Herbert
Dune : 10 The Butlerian Jihad - Brian Herbert
Dune : 11 The Machine Crusade - Brian Herbert
Dune : 12 The Battle of Corrin - Brian Herbert
Dune : 13 The Road to Dune - Brian Herbert
Dune : 14 Hunters of Dune - Brian Herbert
Sandworms of Dune - Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
Dune : Nightime Shadows on Open Sand - Brian Herbert
Dune : Sea Child
Dune : Treasure In the Sand

The Star King [Demon Princes] (1963) - Jack Vance
A young man's interstellar mission to take down five crimelords, in revenge.
Star King - Jack Vance
The Killing Machine - Jack Vance
The Palace Of Love - Jack Vance
The Face - Jack Vance

Warrior of Llarn [Alan Morgan] (1964) - Gardner Fox
Fox's go at a Burroughs-style Planetary Romance of sword wielding champion and space princess. Would also do plenty of space hero comics work.
Llarn : 1 Warrior of Llarn - Gardner Fox

Doctor Who (1965) - Various
There are heaps. Novelisations, original adventures, short stories, and more.
See Doctor Who Reference Guide
I read quite a few when was a kid but haven't written about them all, and have likely forgotten some.
Doctor Who and the Ark In Space - Ian Marter
Doctor Who and the Ribos Operation - Ian Marter
Doctor Who and the Sontaran Experiment - Ian Marter
Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet - Gerry Davis
Doctor Who and the Curse of Peladon - Brian Hayles
Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors - Brian Hayles
Doctor Who and the Sea Devils - Malcolm Hulke
Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters - Malcolm Hulke
Doctor Who and the Doomsday Weapon - Malcolm Hulke
Doctor Who and the Daemons - Barry Letts
Doctor Who and Warrior's Gate - John Lydecker
Doctor Who Terminus - John Lydecker
Doctor Who Full Circle - Andrew Smith

Warriors Of Mars [Eternal Champion, Warriors Of Mars, Michael Kane] (1965) - Michael Moorcock
Moorcock's take on a John Carter of Mars style story.
City of the Beast [Warriors Of Mars] - Michael Moorcock
The Lord of the Spiders [Blades Of Mars] - Michael Moorcock
Masters of the Pit [Barbarians Of Mars] - Michael Moorcock

Neutron Star [Known Space, Beowful Shaeffer] (1966) - Larry Niven
The stories about a rogue and his dealings with the puppeteers. A dodgy bloke gets into dodgy situations requiring his talents to extricate himself.
N-Space - Larry Niven
Crashlander - Larry Niven

The Silver Surfer (1966) - Jack Kirby.
A man gives up his humanity in order to lead a planet eating being away from his own world and lover, and of course, to Earth and the Fantastic Four.
Silver Surfer : The Ultimate Silver Surfer - Stan Lee

The Goddess Of Ganymede [Ganymede] (1967) - Mike Resnick
This first of two Burroughs-style planetary romances.

Star Trek 1 [Star Trek TOS] (1967) - James Blish
The first of the novelisations of the Trek series. Obviously there are many, many of these books now. I have read more than I can remember way back in the past, and a few of the newer series, too.
Star Trek Log One - Alan Dean Foster
Star Trek The Motion Picture - James Blish
Proud Helios - Melissa Scott

Starwolf [Starwolf, Morgan Chane] [1967] - Edmond Hamilton
Three novels chronicling the adventures of an ex-star raider and superhuman antihero after a falling out with his fellow pirates.
Starwolves and the Interstellar Patrol - Edmond Hamilton

Weyr Search [Dragonriders of Pern, Lessa] (1967) - Anne McCaffrey
A story of the colonisation of a planet and the genetic engineering of the lifeforms there to allow a low-tech society to combat nasty stuff falling from space. Nice to have dragons that are telepathic, teleporting, time travelling firemen and women, really. A series that still continues.
Dragonrider - Anne McCaffrey
Weyr Search - Anne McCaffrey
The White Dragon - Anne McCaffrey
Moreta Dragonlady of Pern - Anne McCaffrey
A Gift Of Dragons - Anne McCaffrey
Dragonsong - Anne McCaffrey
Dragonsinger - Anne McCaffrey
Dragonsdawn - Anne McCaffrey
Dragonrider - Anne McCaffrey

The Ship Who Sang [Helva] (1969) - Anne McCaffrey
The story of those are are too crippled for physical existence, but have the brainpower to run a spaceship, and their adventures with their fully human pilot partners.
The Ship Who Sang - Anne McCaffrey

Enterprise Stardust [Perry Rhodan] (1969) - K. H. Scheer
This series of German origin and still going obviously has been written by many people due to its frequency. Some of the English language reprints are below. Rhodan was just an astronaut on a space mission from a very troubled Peacelord Perry is on a mission to change the world. He is also the leader of a band of mutant superheroes on a quest through space for immortality, along with his alien allies.
Perry Rhodan : 001 Enterprise Stardust - K. H. Scheer
Perry Rhodan : 002 The Third Power - Clark Darlton
Perry Rhodan : 003 The Radiant Dome - K. H. Scheer
Perry Rhodan : 004 Twilight of the Gods - Clark Darlton
Perry Rhodan : 005 Galactic Alarm - Kurt Mahr
Perry Rhodan : 006 The Mutant Corps - W. W. Schols
Perry Rhodan : 007 Invasion from Space - Clark Darlton
Perry Rhodan : 008 Base on Venus - Kurt Mahr
Perry Rhodan : 009 The Wasp-Men Attack - W. W. Schols
Perry Rhodan : 010 Space Battle in Vega Sector - K. H. Scheer
Perry Rhodan : 011 Mutants in Action - Kurt Mahr
Perry Rhodan : 012 Secret of the Time Vault - Clark Darlton
Perry Rhodan : 013 Fortress of the Six Moons - K. H. Scheer
Perry Rhodan : 014 The Galactic Riddle - Clark Darlton
Perry Rhodan : 015 Quest through Space and Time - Clark Darlton
Perry Rhodan : 016 The Ghosts of Gol - Kurt Mahr

The Winds of Gath - E. C. Tubb
The first of a series of novels detailing the adventures of a lost adventurer with superhuman reflexes and agility trying to get back to Earth.
The Winds of Gath - E. C. Tubb


Ringworld [Ringworld, Known Space, Louis Wu] (1970) - Larry Niven
A puppeteer assembles a disparate group to journey to an amazing structure. Problems, travel, and puzzles await, as do sequels.
Ringworld - Larry Niven
The Ringworld Engineers - Larry Niven
The Ringworld Throne - Larry Niven

Transit To Scorpio [Dray Prescott] (1972) - Kenneth Bulmer
Writing as Alan Burt Akers this is your sword wielding stalwart and space princess planetary romance flavored story. Whether it changes by book 45, only those who have read that far would know.
Dray Prescot : 01 Transit to Scorpio - Kenneth Bulmer

Jandar of Callisto [Callisto] (1972) - Lin Carter
Carter's take on Burroughsian interplanetary adventure.

Galaxy Of the Lost [Cap Kennedy] (1973) - E. C. Tubb
Written under another name, a series about a super space agent.
Enemy Within the Skull - Gregory Kern

Star Wars [Star Wars, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa] (1976) - Alan Dean Foster
The novelisation of the movie, credited to George Lucas was written by Foster. This of course helped to spawn an industry and a legion of novels. A few of the earlier variety are listed here.
Han Solo At Star's End - Brian Daley
Han Solo And the Lost Legacy - Brian Daley
Han Solo's Revenge - Brian Daley
Splinter Of the Mind's Eye - Alan Dean Foster
Star Wars - Alan Dean Foster
The Empire Strikes Back - Donald F. Glut
Return of the Jedi - James Kahn

Blake's Seven (1977) [Blake's 7] - Trevor Hoyle
Novelisations and a continuation of some of the tv series of rebels trying to bring down an evil federation with the aid of advanced alien ship technolog.
Blake's Seven - Trevor Hoyle
Blake's Seven Scorpio Attack - Trevor Hoyle
Blake's 7 Afterlife - Terry Nation

Midnight At the Well Of Souls [Well World, Nathan Brazil, Mavra Chang] (1977) - Jack L. Chalker
The story of conflict centred on the Well World, and its various caretakers. A place that if you visit, you change form to suit one of the many small enclaves found within. A machine of awesome power, in other words.
Midnight At the Well Of Souls - Jack L. Chalker
Quest For the Well Of Souls - Jack L. Chalker
Exiles At the Well Of Souls - Jack L. Chalker
The Return of Nathan Brazil - Jack L. Chalker
Twilight At the Well Of Souls - Jack L. Chalker

Vicinity Cluster [Cluster] (1977) - Piers Anthony
A series about interstellar agents who travel thanks to their extremely strong Kirlian auras, enabling them to take over the minds of locals when they have problems to fix.
Vicinity Cluster - Piers Anthony
Chaining the Lady - Piers Anthony
Kirlian Quest - Piers Anthony
Thousandstar - Piers Anthony
Viscous Circle - Piers Anthony

Battlestar Galactica [Battlestar Galactica] (1978) - Glen A. Larson
Novelisation of the start of the original mormons, space vipers and robot dogs story.
Battlestar Galactica - Glen A. Larson

Strontium Dog (1978) - John Wagner
A creation that moved to 2000 AD. After a nuclear war, with lots of people wiped out, mutants arrive, and endure racism. They are allowed to be intergalactic bounty hunters - which is where we find Johnny Alpha and his superhuman band.
Strontium Dog : 1 Bad Timing - Rebecca Levene
Strontium Dog : 5 A Fistful of Strontium - Steve Lyons and Jaspre Bark

Lord Valentine's Castle [Majipoor, Valentine] (1979) - Robert Silverberg
A return for Silverberg, and the start of a long running series that would expand into book form, as the amnesiac apprentice juggler Valentine discovers his destiny and a shapeshifting alien plot in this science fantasy.
Lord Valentine's Castle - Robert Silverberg
The Majipoor Chronicles - Robert Silverberg
Valentine Pontifex - Robert Silverberg


Serpent's Reach [Alliance-Union] (1981) - C. J. Cherryh
I am not familiar with Cherryh, but I will not there is a Chanur series, so presumably the character in these stories is of interest, for multiple appearances.
Hellburner - C. J. Cherryh

Santiago [Birthright, Santiago] (1982) - Mike Resnick
Looking at who is a hero, and who is a bad guy depends on which side you are on.
Santiago : 1 Santiago A Myth of the Far Future - Mike Resnick

Crisis On Infinite Earths [DC Universe] (1985) - Marv Wolfman
This conflict between the Monitor and the Anti-Monitor spans the full range of space, time, and the multiverse, and everybody in the DC Universe, including the major characters, and even continues now. There are novelisations of both of the completed series so far.
DC Universe : Crisis On Infinite Earths - Marv Wolfman
DC Universe : Infinite Crisis - Greg Cox
DC Universe : 1 Last Sons - Alan Grant

Five Twelfths Of Heaven [Silence Leigh] (1985) - This strange combination of space pirate rebels and logical magical space travel continued into trilogy form.

The Blackcollar [Blackcollar] (1986) - Timothy Zahn
A group of elite warriors are the only hope for Earth's conquered future, if they even exist any more.
The Blackcollar - Timothy Zahn

The Borders Of Infinity [Miles Vorkosigan] (1987) - Lois McMaster Bujold
A young man crippled thanks to a poisoning in the womb turns out to be your military space genius hero type in this romance flavored series.
Borders Of Infinity - Lois McMaster Bujold
Brothers In Arms - Lois McMaster Bujold
Ethan of Athos - Lois McMaster Bujold
Labyrinth - Lois McMaster Bujold
Shards of Honor - Lois McMaster Bujold
The Warrior's Apprentice - Lois McMaster Bujold

Consider Phlebas [1987] - Iain M. Banks
Consider Phlebas - Iain M. Banks
The State of the Art - Iain M. Banks
The Player of Games - Iain M. Banks
Use of Weapons - Iain M. Banks

Dawn For A Distant Earth [Forever Hero] (1987) - L. E. Modesitt
A more than human extremely long lived man devotes a lot of time and work to getting the Galactics to restore a ravaged Earth.
Forever Hero : 1 Dawn For a Distant Earth - L. E. Modesitt
Forever Hero : 2 The Silent Warrior - L. E. Modesitt
Forever Hero : 3 The Endless Twilight - L. E. Modesitt

Four Hundred Billion Stars [Four Hundred Billion Stars, Dorothy Yoshida] (1987) - Paul J. McAuley
A talented telepath investigates and uncovers.
Four Hundred Billion Stars - Paul J. McAuley
Eternal Light - Paul J. McAuley

The Secret Of the Lona [Dr Bones] (1988) - Stephen Leigh
An eighties take on a space hero series, written by multiple authors. An archaeologist scientist type more in the Doc Savage/Indiana Jones vein.
Dr Bones : 5 Nightmare World - David Stern

A Talent For War [Alex Benedict] (1989) - Jack McDevitt
A story of uncovering past war propaganda and leadership.
A Talent For War - Jack McDevitt


Calendar of Chaos [Hartigan O'Reilly] (1991) - G. David Nordley
A couple more stories after this, haven't found any yet.
Poles Apart [Trimus] (1992) - G. David Nordley
Likewise, there are two more of these.
Poles Apart - G. David Nordley

Oracle [Birthright, Oracle] - Mike Resnick
A young woman with mental powers, those out to get or use her, and her protectors appear in a trilogy.
Oracle : 1 Soothsayer - Mike Resnick
Oracle : 2 Oracle - Mike Resnick
Oracle : 3 Prophet - Mike Resnick

On Basilisk Station [Honor Harrington] (1993) - David Weber
Your naval battles in space type story as a new officer gets the political shaft and with a crew of misfits and untested gear turns the tables on such attempts at skullduggery, then goes on to star in a whole heap of sequels and the odd prequel.
Ms Midshipwoman Harrington - David Weber
On Basilisk Station - David Weber
Field of Dishonor - David Weber
Flag In Exile - David Weber
The Honor Of the Queen - David Weber
The Short Victorious War - David Weber

Hunting Party [Familias Regnant, Herris Serrano] (1993) - Elizabeth Moon
Your military SF space marine type of protagonist to be found here. Haven't read them, but the spousal unit vouches for the first series.

Sister Alice [Sister Alice] (1993) - Robert Reed
The conflicts between families and within of posthumans with staggering powers, and the affects upon the galaxy and the normal human populace.
Sister Alice - Robert Reed

Light and Shadow [Skolian Empire] (1994) - Catherine Asaro
Asaro deliberately melds SF and romance, as such, I am likely to read little of it, but have seen a couple of stories. Major characters, etc., I couldn't tell you. Anyone else, feel free.
The Ruby Dice - Catherine Asaro
Aurora In Four Voices - Catherine Asaro

The Remoras [Marrow] (1994) - Robert Reed
The adventures on a Great Ship while travelling the Galaxy, and the strange long-lived inhabitants, including one woman who remembers what it was like to be pretty basic, back on Earth.
Marrow - Robert Reed
The Remoras - Robert Reed
Night Of Time - Robert Reed
River Of the Queen - Robert Reed
Camouflage - Robert Reed
Hoop-of-Benzene - Robert Reed
The Caldera of Good Fortune - Robert Reed
The Man With the Golden Balloon - Robert Reed

The Engines Of God [Priscilla Hutchins] (1994) - Jack McDevitt
Bored space pilot Hutch ends up specialising in rescuing interstellar exploration teams, over more mundane work.
The Engines of God - Jack McDevitt
Chindi - Jack McDevitt
Deepsix - Jack McDevitt
Odyssey - Jack McDevitt
Omega Hedgehogs - Jack McDevitt

Deathstalker [Deathstalker] (1995) - Simon R. Green
The titular character is a more than human warrior and rich guy, and puts together a group of (and is put together by a group of) crazed colorful characters to oppose your Evil Galactic Empire. Green is good at making up the outre, and I was joking with the spousal unit that robot space zombies would make a fun story. Green, of course, had some already.
Deathstalker : 3 Deathstalker Rebellion - Simon R. Green

Voices [Babylon 5] (1995) - John Vornholt
The first of five original Babylon 5 novels. There would be some more series following later about Psi-Cops, Technomages, etc.
Voices - John Vornholt
Accusations - Lois Tilton
Blood Oath - John Vornholt
Clarke's Law - Jim Mortimore
The Touch Of Your Shadow the Whisper of Your Name - Neal Barrett

The Reality Dysfunction [Confederation, Joshua Calvert, Ione Saldana] (1996) - Peter F. Hamilton
Hamilton's Confederation Universe appeared in a short story earlier on, but the main event was the Night's Dawn trilogy, with the roguish young Teelaesque space captain, and his version of a space princess. Then add in the dead coming back and trying to take over the universe, because being dead sucks quite a lot.
The Reality Dysfunction - Peter F. Hamilton
The Neutronium Alchemist - Peter F. Hamilton
The Naked God - Peter F. Hamilton
A Second Chance At Eden - Peter F. Hamilton

Stargate SG-1 [Stargate SG-1] - Ashley McDonnell
Novels are still being produced, the first is a novelisation of the pilot.

The Prodigal Sun [Evergence, Morgan] (1999)- Sean Williams and Shane Dix
Morgan is a woman with a serious talent for AI work. When she finds out why, all she has to do is choose which species of human lives, and which dies.
Evergence : 1 The Prodigal Sun - Sean Williams
Evergence : 2 The Dying Light - Sean Williams
Evergence : 3 The Dark Imbalance - Sean Williams


The Boid Hunt [Coyote] - (2000)
Will become part of the fixup Coyote, chronicling the lives of a group of colonists that steal the starship Alabama to escape a fascist USA and settle on another planet. The major characters being Captain Robert E. Lee, Wendy Gunther, and Carlos Moreno, a resistance leader in later work when their old friends from Earth come calling. The third Coyote collection is Coyote Frontier.
Coyote - Allen M. Steele
Coyote Rising - Allen M. Steele

Great Wall Of Mars [Revelation Space, Neville Clavain] (2000) - Alastair Reyonlds
The major feature character in Reynolds' Revelation Space Universe appears first in this pick sides, bad escape choices with the superhuman girl story. Other characters appear multiple times.
Great Wall of Mars - Alastair Reynolds
Glacial - Alastair Reynolds
Redemption Ark - Alastair Reynolds
Absolution Gap - Alastair Reynolds
Other material starts with : Dilation Sleep [Revelation Space] (1990) - Alastair Reynolds. This is in the Galactic North collection.
An appearance in Interzone likely missed by almost all of us that heralded the appearance of the pre-eminent master of the space opera. Although a character here may reappear, most definitely not of the heroic variety. The Revelation Space setting is worthy of note, itself, however.
Chasm City - Alastair Reynolds
Diamond Dogs Turquoise Days - Alastair Reynolds
Galactic North - Alastair Reynolds

Paradox [Nulapeiron, Tom Corcoran] (2000) - John Meaney
A literally physically stratified society, as well as on a class level is changed when a young poor boy is found to have intellectual gifts, as is given a gift to hide by a dying Mu-Space pilot.
Paradox - John Meaney
Context - John Meaney
Resolution - John Meaney

House Of Cards [Farscape] - Keith R. A. DeCandido
A novel based on the tv series. There are others, and short stories.

Chains Of Freedom [Chains, RJ] (2001) - Selina Rosen
A geneticall enhanced woman builds a rebel army to take on a galactic empire.
Chains Of Freedom - Selina Rosen

Crossover [Cassandra Kresnov] (2001) - Joel Shepherd
An advanced android defects because she is sick of fighting, and just wants a normal life with shagging and spicy takeaway. Not to be, as her military masters want her back, and she ends up with an important position. Spies and space fleets are out to get her.
Crossover - Joel Shepherd
Breakaway - Joel Shepherd
Killswitch - Joel Shepherd

Gridlinked [Polity, Ian Cormac] (2001) - Neal Asher
A New Space Opera take on the intergalactic super agent. Ian Cormac has robot sidekicks, unlike Dominic Flandry or Perry Rhodan. He does have his own developing super powers in this grows into conspiracy of AI overlords series.
Cormac : 1 Gridlinked - Neal Asher
Cormac : 2 The Line of Polity
Cormac : 3 Brass Man - Neal Asher
Cormac : 4 Polity Agent - Neal Asher
Cormac : 5 Line War - Neal Asher

The Golden Age [Golden Age] (2002) - John C. Wright
A very far future story of rebellion against the conservative forces of the day. Including his dad. With plenty of odd posthumanity and wild technology.
The Golden Age - John C. Wright
The Phoenix Exultant - John C. Wright
The Golden Transcendence - John C. Wright

The Risen Empire [Succession] (2003) - Scott Westerfeld
A little of the Warhammer flavour here I suppose, as dead people still hang around, and a ship captain decides to break with tradition and discovers that something is rotten at the heart of this living zombie empire.
The Killing of Worlds - Scott Westerfeld
The Risen Empire - Scott Westerfeld

Red Thunder [Red Thunder] (2003) - John Varley
Varley goes all retro-Heinlein as a group of young people, a past it astronaut and a broken genius cobble together a spaceship.
Red Thunder - John Varley

Singularity Sky [Singularity Sky, Rachel Mansour] (2003) - Charles Stross
An agent of a powerful AI is sent to investigate rulebreaking on a restrictive planet, when a visit by those with the gift of replicating technology throws a spanner in the works.
Singularity Sky - Charles Stross
Iron Sunrise - Charles Stross

Hammered [Jenny Casey] (2004) - Elizabeth Bear
A veteran soldier gets mixed up with the AI and starships crowd, as well as Earth politics.
Hammered - Elizabeth Bear
Scardown - Elizabeth Bear
Worldwired - Elizabeth Bear

Old Man's War [Old Man's War, John Perry, Jane Sagan] (2005) - John Scalzi
Scalzi joined Varley in a bit of retro-Heinleining with a bit more Haldemaning than the former, but this time of the adult military variety, not the young people do cool stuff strain. Here, the septuagenarian protagonist signs up to become a rejuvenated, transplanted, sexed-up, lean, mean, green killing machine in an interstellar war. Or more likely, chopped green laser cannon fodder.
The Sagan Diary - John Scalzi
Old Man's War - John Scalzi
The Ghost Brigades - John Scalzi
The Last Colony - John Scalzi

Starship Mutiny [Starship, Wilson Cole] (2005) - Mike Resnick
A military officer is so peeved with his by the book ineffective superiors, he goes rogue, and takes with him the square peg crew he was assigned to be in charge of for earlier misdemeanours.
Starship Mutiny - Mike Resnick
Starship Pirate - Mike Resnick

Battlestar Galactica [Battlestar Galactica New] (2006) - Jeffrey A. Carvern
The first of the new novelisations of the tv series.

Pandora's Star [Confederation, Paula Myo] (2006) - Peter F. Hamilton
Hamilton would be back with another series after some standalones, that is still continuing in short stories and novels. Rather than horror, we have an alien infiltration plot as space detective Myo looks into the lawbreaking activities of a group of rebels trying to raise awareness about the problem. The Dreaming Void jumps this Future History 1000 or so years ahead into another scenario.
Judas Unchained - Peter F. Hamilton
Pandora's Star - Peter F. Hamilton
The Dreaming Void - Peter F. Hamilton

Crystal Rain [Pepper] (2006) - Tobias S. Buckell
A planetary adventure story of Aztecs and with a Carribean flavour turns into a space opera of alien overlords, interstellar trainline type travel, and your superpowered warrior type in Pepper, who seems to be the link between the novels and short stories set in this universe, in general.
Crystal Rain - Tobias S. Buckell
Ragamuffin - Tobias S. Buckell
Resistance - Tobias S. Buckell

The Sky People [Lords Of Creation] (2006) - S. M. Stirling
The main pair from the above novel cameo in the second, as Stirling provides an excellent update on the inhabited and livable solar system planetary romance, first Venus, then Mars. Plus dinosaurs on Venus. Plus Chessmen on Mars. You get the idea. :)
Lords Of Creation : 1 The Sky People - S. M. Stirling
Lords Of Creation : 2 In the Court Of the Crimson Kings - S. M. Stirling

Sun Of Suns [Virga, Venera Fanning] (2005) - Karl Schroeder
Schroeder produces his own sort-of-planetary romance, or mini planet romance, of towns surrounding artificial suns, with skyships, speeder bikes, spies and swords. The story continues into a third book, with changing protagonists.
Sun Of Suns - Karl Schroeder
Queen Of Candesce - Karl Schroeder


Series just beginning that may be of interest

Sentients Of Orion - Marianne de Pierres
The Entire and the Rose - Kay Kenyon
Astropolis - Sean Williams
John Hamilton - Paul Cornell

Others of possible interest

The Rest Of the Technic History - Poul Anderson
Foundation - Isaac Asimov
Xeelee sequence - Stephen Baxter
The Eon Series - Greg Bear
Great Sky River et. al. - Gregory Benford
The Uplift Sequence - David Brin
The Black Star Passes et. al. - John W. Campbell
Viagens Interplanetarias - L. Sprague de Camp
Schild's Ladder - Greg Egan
The Forever War et. al. - Joe Haldeman
Future History - Robert A. Heinlein
Ekumen stuff - Ursula K. Le Guin
Engines Of Light - Ken MacLeod
The Fall Revolution - Ken MacLeod
Galactic Milieu - Julian May
Confluence Series - Paul J. McAuley
Heechee stories - Frederik Pohl
SF stories - R. Garcia y Robertson (see for list)
Berserker Series - Fred Saberhagen
Hyperion - Dan Simmons
Shaper/Mechanist - Bruce Sterling
Accelerando - Charles Stross
Titan trilogy - John Varley
The Snow Queen et. al. - Joan D. Vinge
Zones Of Thought - Vernor Vinge
Orphans Of Earth - Sean Williams and Shane Dix


The Space Opera Renaissance - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
The Good Old Stuff - Gardner Dozois
The Good New Stuff - Gardner Dozois
Planet Stories - Erik Mona
Super Reader - Blue Tyson

Author bibliographies
Kevin J. Anderson
Poul Anderson
Piers Anthony
Christopher Anvil
Catherine Asaro
Neal Asher
Isaac Asimov
Iain M. Banks
Stephen Baxter
Elizabeth Bear
James Blish
Leigh Brackett
Tobias S. Buckell
Lois McMaster Bujold
Kenneth Bulmer
Edgar Rice Burroughs
John W. Campbell
Lin Carter
Jeffrey A. Carver
Jack L. Chalker
A. Bertram Chandler
C. J. Cherryh
Clark Darlton
Keith R. A. De Candido
Gordon R. Dickson
Shane Dix
Alan Dean Foster
Gardner Fox
Simon R. Green
George Griffith
Edmond Hamilton

Peter F. Hamilton

Harry Harrison
?Robert A. Heinlein
Brian Herbert
Frank Herbert
Robert E. Howard
Trevor Hoyle
Glen A. Larson
Keith Laumer
Stan Lee
Murray Leinster
Rebecca Levene
Steve Lyons
Elliot S. Maggin
Kurt Mahr
Paul J. McAuley
Anne McCaffrey
Jack McDevitt
John Meaney
L. E Modesitt, Jr.
Elizabeth Moon
Michael Moorcock
C. L. Moore
Larry Niven
G. David Nordley
Andre Norton
Alex Raymond
Dennis O'Neil
Robert Reed
Mike Resnick
Alastair Reynolds
Selina Rosen
John Scalzi
K. H. Scheer
James H. Schmitz
Karl Schroeder
Melissa Scott
Joel Shepherd
Robert Silverberg
Cordwainer Smith
E. E. Doc Smith
Allen M. Steele
Bruce Sterling
S. M. Stirling
Charles Stross
Lois Tilton
E. C. Tubb
A. E. Van_Vogt
Jack Vance
John Varley
John Vornholt
David Weber
Scott Westerfeld
Sean Williams
Jack Williamson
Marv Wolfman
John C. Wright

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