Space Opera

Space Opera

Space Opera – Catherynne M. Valente

The digital blurbs caught my attention with comparisons to Hitchhiker’s Guide.

“Yes, life is the opposite of rare and precious. It’s everywhere; it’s wet and sticky; it has all the restraint of a toddler left too long at day care without a juice box.” Page 7.

Too clever by half.

“If music is the food of love…” Shakespeare. I can give the whole quotation, but I just wanted a short link to make a point about the musical allusions that shoot through the text.

Is it good?


The musical referents could easily get subsumed in the text, but as I was trying to see the connection, the lovely word play, reminded me less of Douglas Adams, and more of Tom Robbins, especially the earlier works. There is, however, that overly loquacious strained expression wherein the longer and more effusive use of wording, while certainly lyrical, not quite that good, after all.

Space Opera

Space Opera – Catherynne M. Valente

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.4
  • Camera: iPad Pro
  • Focal length: 3.3mm
  • ISO: 80
  • Location: 30° 17′ 52.63″ N 97° 43′ 3″ W
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s

About the author: Born and raised in East Texas, Kramer Wetzel, settled in a South Austin trailer park before trailer parks were cool. He now lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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