welcome back! While working on my Space Opera setting I begin to question things I took for granted and explore some new ideas. Right now I am thinking about aliens. They are a staple of the genre. Movies and series like Star Wars, Star Trek and Babylon 5 made sure of that. There are some notable exceptions like Battlestar Galactica or Firefly/Serenity that enjoy a huge fan base.
In my outline there already is a heading for alien species. I realized however that when I think about the imagery of the setting I never see actual aliens in my mind’s eye. In parts I blame it on this interesting lecture: Martin Rees: Life’s Future in the Cosmos. He has a lot of interesting things to say on various topics. But the ideas that stuck with me are the expansion through machines and the (accelerated) evolution in the future.
I wont try to come up with a concept of what we might become in 6 billion years, I am just not knowledgeable enough on this topic to explore these possibilities. Design wise The basic “Human”is still the baseline for me. And I want them in the game as we all can relate to what it means to be human. But we can barely imagine what the emotions and experiences of an insectoid being would be like.
At this point I am favoring a universe that humanity explored and settled with the use of machines. This humanity can adjust to a new environment in very few generations as long as the basic necessities of human survival are met. I do not envision humans adapted to survive on a gas giant. I am thinking more along the lines of humans that adapted to higher or lower gravity, light levels, atmospheric pressure, living underground or in zero-g etc. They all are visibly human but with subtle deviations from the normal “earth” human. I find this approach much more believable and I like it a lot.
I wonder if I am alone and what your opinion is? Sadly I am not telepathic. That leaves me with one choice to get the answers I seek: A Poll! You can see it on the right. I will change the question depending on participation and when I have a new topic to investigate. I am for a new question every Saturday to explore a new facet of Sci Fi and Space Opera. Please share the poll around! The more answers I get the more representative the poll result is and I am interested in what you have to say.
Feel free to write a few words about your choice in the comments here or the poll! You can suggest questions I should ask in future weeks as well.
Read you soon.