Science Fiction Epics

Science Ficton has epics that span the grand sweep of history, time & space

Leading the pack is E.E. "Doc" Smith's Lensman series. As a young author, Robert Heilein looked up to Edward E. Smith. These books define Space Opera.

Phillip Jose Farmer understands the grand sweep as well.
He explores the fabric of reality and what lies beyond in his World of Tiers Series.
You can't get much grander than his Riverworld series. The cast includes everyone who ever lived.

Mr. Farmer has written a new, approved by the Burroughs' family, Tarzan novel. Check out The Dark Heart of Time

One of my favorite Space Opera novels is C.S. Friedman's In Conquest Born.
Larry Niven has it down right in his Known Space series. The Ringworld series is some of the best of that. Other books written for
Frank Herbet wrote one of the classic epics in Science Fiction and followed it up with a string of sequels of varying quality. Dune was made into a movie back in the early 80's. It was remade recently as a miniseries on the SciFi Channel. Nice job. More detail than the first movie. I personally prefered some the casting and costuming in the first movie.
H. Beam Piper is starting to come back into print. Read this stuff!
The Complete Paratime
Neal Stephenson is producing vast and wonderful volumes that show the wonder of the early scientific age:
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