Originally Posted by Dr. Drib
This is an old-fashioned space-opera for those too young to know. If you're REALLY young, then you need to know that a space-opera is something that takes place in the whole cosmos as a backdrop -- you know, sorta like a western without horses!
It's a genre which is still "alive and well". Kevin Anderson's "Saga of the Seven Suns" series is an excellent modern example of it.