After watching Interstellar, I'm feeling a bit thirsty for more space exploration stories. My sci-fi experience is rather limited. Here's what I've read:
Most of these are okay. I really liked the tone and style of The Demolished Man. Necromancer was atmospherically great. The rest range from ok-ish to a-bit-empty to downright-messy.
So I must be missing something here.
Is there a story out there that somewhat meets the following criteria?
- Ideally a collection of short stories with each dealing with a different planet/star system/galaxy/stretch of space travel, but with the same cast of characters in a non-military setting. Kinda like the crew of Cowboy Bebop but way more science-focused.
- Heavy space exploration theme -- meaning that they go to different places in each chapter.
- Relatively stable future for humanity -- preferably no 'impending doom'.
- Preferably no 'talking' alien races (it's really hard to pull those off well). Enigmatic aliens/beings that are totally imaginative are ok!
- Preferably no blatant fantasy elements (no dragons, no 'swords' of any sort, no 'magical race', etc.)
- As scientifically accurate as possible.
Something like Asimov's short story Old-Fashioned is ideal. I'd love to see the characters travel to different places and speculate on different environments, like maybe a team of scientists looking for a habitable planet, with random little adventures here and there.
I will sacrifice scientific accuracy for strong characters and a flair for words any day!
If such a story doesn't exist, could someone write one please?