This is a Role-playing Game, using, as its basis, the worlds of Golden Age SF authors including: Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Robert H. Heinlein, Larry Niven, Frederik Pohl, James Blish, Philip K. Dick, Paul Anderson, Greg Bear, and others. The goal is to incorporate Characters, worlds, situations, and technologies from books written by these authors. For example: Lazarus Long (Heinlein) accompanied by a Sentient Robot (Asimov) may meet an Overlord (Clarke) in orbit around a Ringworld (Niven). The intent is to get a particular Retro feel. Certain SF worlds are to be avoided, specifically Star Wars and Star Trek, not because we don’t love them, but because we want to give these other older sources their due. Game mechanics will be addressed, but are very much secondary to the source material. Some of these SF worlds may seem incompatible, but the universe is a big place, and inconsistent things can be put at opposite ends. For example many of these books feature Earth as a setting. The solution would be to move a setting to another Earth-like planet in a different part of the galaxy. Another goal is to make newer generations of RPG & SF fans aware of these older books. I intend for this to be a lengthy project and hopefully not a solo one. I ask readers to contribute entries about their favorite books describing characters and settings on a RPG level. To start, I am providing a few sample very rudimentary entries that will hopefully soon be (replaced) fleshed out by me or someone with better writing skills.
Main Characters in this geonra are most often scientists, astronauts, government
or military agents. They are always tough, practical, resourcefull,
independent, intelligent, square jawed, clean living, heroic, decent and
honourable. Protagonists are usually normal humans, though you get the occasional
telepath, immortal, or android.
In Out Worlds, humanity has settled Tens of thousands of worlds across long
stretches of the Galaxy. Humanity is fragmented into numerous empires,
federations, foundations, alliances, commonwealths, independent worlds, and
forgotten worlds. Technology levels run the gamut.
(From Childhoods End by Arthur C. Clarke)
Large demonic looking Aliens. In all ways stronger & smarter than humans, but
without a soul. They are servants of a higher Intelligence.
THE THREE LAWS OF ROBOTICS
(From I Robot by Isaac Asimov)
Robots of the future must follow 3 rules:
1. A robot may not harm a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human
being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by the human beings, except where
such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence, as long as such protection does not
conflict the First or Second Law.
(From Ringworld by Larry Niven)
An artificial world in the shape of a ring that circles a star.
The side facing the star is habitable and has a much larger surface area
than a regular planet.
(The Number of the Beast and others by Robert H. Heinlein)
A very long-lived rugged individualist.
THE SPACE BEAGLE
(Voyage of the Space Beagle by AE Van Vogt)
A large Human exploration space ship containing hundreds of scientists.
(Voyage of the Space Beagle by AE Van Vogt)
Social scientist whose specialty is Nexialism, the science that
fuses the known and the unknown.
(Foundation Series by Asimov)
Developed by Hari Seldon, a branch of mathematics that uses the law of mass
action to predict the future on a large scale, such as of planets or empires.
(Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke)
A huge alien vessel complete with large cities and strange mechanical inhabitants.
(Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon)
The Entity which presides over all existance, basically God, who created everything in hopes of his creations achieving superconciousness. Uses the Overlords at times.
(My own invention)
A vast, seemingly invincible force that, though their origin is unknown, this much is- It will not stop untill iit has converted all matter to itself!
This set of articles might be helpful: http://www.physicspost.com/articles.php?articleId=113&page=1
http://www.magicdragon.com/UltimateSF/thisthat.html#hardsf Ultimate Hard SF
http://www.magicdragon.com/UltimateSF/timelineCF.html Timeline of the Cosmic Future
http://www.forum2.org/tal/books/childhood.html Childhoods End
http://www.quotableheinlein.com/html/home.html Quotable Heinlein
http://www.asimovonline.com/ Asimov Home Page
http://www.ringworldrpg.com/ Ringworld RPG
http://www.brainyencyclopedia.com/encyclopedia/h/ha/hard_science_fiction.html Hard SF