If you're tired of logical fellows with pointy ears or the war in your stars has kinda burned out - then you need to check out Nebuleon. Hinterwelt does an excellent job of presenting a rich background to play in, while allowing the gm and players the flexibility to create their own niche of the universe. Both the Iridium system and the Nebuleon backdrop allow you to play the type of sci-fi game you want to play. Want your sci-fi served up crunchy? Take a peek. Like a more military feel? You got it. Desire a sweeping space opera? The fat lady is singing. . . everything you need to play in one book. The Nebuleon is well presented in an organized fashion and boasts both a lexicon and a detailed "functional" index. A nice bonus is the Hinterwelt's website - they do a great job of supporting the game: on-line character gen, quick responses to questions, a good forum for discussion - just check it out.
I have both the hard cover and the e-copy, and for an Indie, Nebuleon is top-notch. I can only think of two negatives - some of the artwork is "old school," but I would much rather have that than clipart - it at least shows that Hinterwelt is trying to do something original and fresh. The other negative - well I can't remember what I was going to say so it must not have been that big of a deal. . . so lock and load and grab a Mog ( love these guys, Mogs) and prepare to have some fun.
[5 of 5 Stars!]