Over at TJ's Dreams and Speculation fiction review blog, I was surprised to learn that Margaret Atwood had denied that her books The Handmaid's Tale or Oryx and Crake were science fiction, saying "science fiction has monsters and spaceships; speculative fiction could really happen." According to Wikipedia she has since refined her objection, and described her work as social science fiction.
It made me think that she actually had in mind the sub-genre known as "Space Opera", which is light on the science, and heavy on the interpersonal and situational drama. Not that they can't go together.
Space opera on TV is the topic over at Dreams and Speculation.
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