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  •  "romanticization" is a questionable term as well (1+ / 0-)
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    Space opera is all about romanticism; it's a big reason why space opera is usually on the softer end of things.  They can't or don't want to show boring or unpleasant things; instead you get big fancy starships, swashbuckling heroes, edge-of-your-seat space battles, impossibly exotic destinations, triple-breasted cat girls, etc.

    Hard, realistic scifi would have a comparatively difficult time romanticizing space, especially if you want to show something we could actually do.  Scientists riding in a glorified RV for 18 months to go to a desert to do geology?  Think documentary rather than summer blockbuster.

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