A summary of the current state of science-fiction elements that I want to use and not use:

Things in the Setting
  • Hyperspace drives
  • Hyperspace routes are calculated by supercomputers
  • Artificial gravity
  • Fusion power
  • Ships need refueling
  • Fuel stations
  • Destroyed ships stay in one piece (they don’t explode)
  • Local communication networks can be accessed inside settlements
  • Space suits
  • Swords!
  • Pirates
  • Smugglers
  • Planets without atmosphere
  • Planets with different gravity
  • “Debris fields” not asteroid belts
  • Alien species
  • Planets with multiple states
  • Interstellar trade language (not spoken by everyone)
  • Large interstellar businesses
  • Merchant oligarchs
  • Anarcho-syndicalist communes


Things not in the Setting
  • No faster than light communication
  • No Stealth in Space
  • No energy weapons
  • No energy shields or force fields
  • No teleportation
  • No electronic warfare
  • No starfighters
  • No universal translator
  • No video phones
  • No holograms
  • No artificial intelligence/androids
  • No cybernetic augmentations, replacements only
  • No genetic enhancements
  • No psychic powers
  • No energy beings
  • No time travel
  • No interstellar empires
  • No hyper advanced ancient civilizations
  • No ancient destroyers
  • No space aristocrats
  • No alien hybrids
  • No Evil Species
  • No Planet Earth