I would rate this 4 1/2 stars if I could.
This is a great book, full of wonderful ideas, fantastic art, and enough campaign hooks to keep you playing for years.
But yeah, $9.99 for thirty pages made me hesitate. I understand the cost of art and production value and etc... But its the words that I truly care about and the words here are worth the price tag.
Strange Stars is one part old-fashioned Space Opera, and one part modern trans-humanistic cutting edge sci-fi, and has room enough to shift play style to either end of that continuum if you are unhappy with the mix.
I cannot wait to see more of the Strange Stars universe.
[4 of 5 Stars!]