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    Keeley
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    I’m looking for books in the space opera and/or soft SF genre with these elements:

    * Mythology (can be in the form of archetypes)
    * Redemption
    * Main characters who start out weak/powerless and end up strong by the end.

    Are there any authors or books you’d recommend?

    Author of a romance between Loki and Sigyn, a dragon shapeshifter series, and a romantic fantasy with forbidden magic and a mysterious minstrel. (More at amykeeley.wordpress.com)

    Also writes space opera/sociological science fiction under the name Z.A. Waterstone. (zawaterstone.wordpress.com)

    #240288
    astropolis
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    My SF may not be quite what you are looking for. I do have a female MC, and a major plot point is her need to come to terms with a tragedy she has caused, something that makes her far stronger in the end. However it is hard rather than soft SF.

    http://arcturian-spacefleet.com/

    You may enjoy it anyway.

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    KatsInCommand
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    Have you read Leviathan Wakes by James. S. A. Corey? The main characters are both male, but they focus heavily on finding a female character who becomes pivotal to the story.

    Elizabeth Moon’s Vatta Series was excellent – it’s a good mix of space opera + military sci fi.

    #240310
    Keeley
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    @astropolis, your series looks interesting. Thank you.


    @KatsInCommand
    , I tried reading Leviathan Wakes, but I’m afraid I couldn’t get past two plot points that snapped my disbelief suspenders.

    I’ll try the Vatta series. Thanks!

    Author of a romance between Loki and Sigyn, a dragon shapeshifter series, and a romantic fantasy with forbidden magic and a mysterious minstrel. (More at amykeeley.wordpress.com)

    Also writes space opera/sociological science fiction under the name Z.A. Waterstone. (zawaterstone.wordpress.com)

    #240290
    ErinMH
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    You might check out Salvage by Alexandra Duncan. It’s one of the 2014 books nominated for the Andre Norton Award. I think it hits most of what you’re looking for. It wasn’t my favorite of the books I read last year, but I do suggest people look at it for themselves.

    #240291
    Weird Jim
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    Have you tried a Google search for soft Vs hard science fiction. There you may find some recommendations that will fit your requirements.

    Too bad you’re looking for novels otherwise I’d recommend James Tiptree.

    #240292
    ErinMH
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    Oh! Jim’s comment reminded me — Camouflage by Joe Haldeman. It takes place on Earth, but alien life . . .

    #240293
    Gilroy
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    I’d lean toward the first like 7 books of the Honor Harrington series by David Weber.
    It’s military Space Opera, but definitely has weak to strong. Not sure about the mythology links, though.

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