What kind of syfy are you?

Babylon Five, or maybe The Expanse.

However Elite with its cross the galaxy in about 30 hours real time flat out jumping has probably pushed beyond even the most absurd postulations of any sci-fi movie, TV show or book. If the technology levels in the game were reflected planetside, things would look and work far different to what we might think or expect.
 
Considering that you're asking about Earth-like worlds, I can only imagine that, based on the relatively realistic simulation of the planets and galaxy that we have, they will be like Earth.

What does that mean?
  • Liquid water
  • Same ground and soil colour variations
  • Similar, photosynthesising plant-life with minor variations on how they look. The chlorophyll would be green also, in the case of orbit around a sun-like star (G-class).
  • I'd also expect similar broad types of fauna to an extent - marine animals, insectoids, land animals, flying creatures, with interesting variants according to the relatively minor differences in chemical composition of the planet.
Wouldn't expect anything too "out there" though.
 
It should probably look like elite and not seek to imitate any of the shows/movies mentioned.
Science fiction, even hard science fiction in its main stream, got pretty uniform over the decades.

If we're talking authors and founding fathers angle, Elite has obviously a very rational, hard sci-fi tone to it, meaning its centred around technology, economy and loosely-agreed 'realism', echoing by it notes of such voices as Arthur Clarke or Stanislaw Lem, with just a touch of Frank Herbert/Issac Asimov's background space-opera politics added to the mix as a flavour (very rightly so on FD's part). The wild-west ruthlessness of the world also brings to mind William Gibson's dystopian cyber-punk tones.

Still, overall it seems to me that although the general tone is closest to Clarke's and Asimov's visions of the future, rationality prevailing over all else.

The Earth-like would be closer to a utopia than a dystopia, given how much space mankind was suddenly granted to combat overpopulation. With cheap fuel and widespread FSD technology, we are generally doing very well as a race and the Blade Runnery type of vibe would not make a lot of sense. Not that I wouldn't want to see it in Elite.

Perhaps a nice, procedural variation could be in place - on one hand a sprawling, overpopulated and overcrowded blade runner-like city in certain places (Federation?), and more utopian, clean and garden-like in others (Empire?).

Judging by Frontier's art direction, there's not much to worry about in that department, it's the gameplay mechanics and loops that are mostly troublesome.
I like the sound of that is there a link to the art work I would love to look at it
 
I would hope that the appearance of ELWs in a future edition of Elite would be determined by player agency (base building). Frontier would determine the land masses, climates, geographical characteristics,and maybe some interesting anomalies such as Cappadocia in Turkey. The players would build cities according to their taste. Hopefully we would see Cyberpunk to Shangri la. And maybe a lot of dinos and roller coasters.

o7
 
Science fiction, even hard science fiction in its main stream, got pretty uniform over the decades.

If we're talking authors and founding fathers angle, Elite has obviously a very rational, hard sci-fi tone to it, meaning its centred around technology, economy and loosely-agreed 'realism', echoing by it notes of such voices as Arthur Clarke or Stanislaw Lem, with just a touch of Frank Herbert/Issac Asimov's background space-opera politics added to the mix as a flavour (very rightly so on FD's part). The wild-west ruthlessness of the world also brings to mind William Gibson's dystopian cyber-punk tones.

Still, overall it seems to me that although the general tone is closest to Clarke's and Asimov's visions of the future, rationality prevailing over all else.

The Earth-like would be closer to a utopia than a dystopia, given how much space mankind was suddenly granted to combat overpopulation. With cheap fuel and widespread FSD technology, we are generally doing very well as a race and the Blade Runnery type of vibe would not make a lot of sense. Not that I wouldn't want to see it in Elite.

Perhaps a nice, procedural variation could be in place - on one hand a sprawling, overpopulated and overcrowded blade runner-like city in certain places (Federation?), and more utopian, clean and garden-like in others (Empire?).

Judging by Frontier's art direction, there's not much to worry about in that department, it's the gameplay mechanics and loops that are mostly troublesome.
Good thoughts: "rationality prevailing over everything else."

So what I would call "enigma sci-fi" is probably not what we'll see. I classify "enigma sci-fi" as protagonists encountering things that are inexplicable based on current understandings of the known universe. Like "Event Horizon," "Sphere," etc.

I read a really great novel once about a dimensional tunnel which generated exact copies of anything entering one end at the other and which resisted any attempts at entry.

Eventually the protagonists were encountering versions of themselves at the far end. Creepy.
 
Seeing as we are all playing the most realistic syfy game out there. What is a Elite earth like world going to look like? whats going to look to fake. Thats the hard part for me when it comes to syfy are any of these worlds going to look passable I mean I have no frame of thought as to what another planet in another solar system we have never seen before is going to look like. should it look like Star Wars, Star Trek, No Mans sky. what will pass the it looks real test with this group. o7
If I had to draw an artistic comparison to another sci-fi franchise, I'd instantly say "dark-matter", the long suffering Duchess-le-Chardon and I watched that as a sort of "box set binge" and even she could see the visual similarities, echoed by some of the technological anachronisms, such as FTL travel, but explosive-->projectile guns (rather than energy weaponry like star wars or star trek).

Definitely no f%^*ing Ewoks!
I remember in 1997 when the remastered versions were on the big screen, being very excited at seeing the movies on the big screen, the fanfare was really stirring, then on the return of the jedi, when the ewoks made their initial appearance, what seemed like every female in the movie theatre, in unison, went "aaaawwwwwww", made me chuckle. As did the fact I went bonnet surfing in my efforts to get to the last train out of the city to get back to my village.

Science fiction, even hard science fiction in its main stream, got pretty uniform over the decades.

If we're talking authors and founding fathers angle, Elite has obviously a very rational, hard sci-fi tone to it, meaning its centred around technology, economy and loosely-agreed 'realism', echoing by it notes of such voices as Arthur Clarke or Stanislaw Lem, with just a touch of Frank Herbert/Issac Asimov's background space-opera politics added to the mix as a flavour (very rightly so on FD's part). The wild-west ruthlessness of the world also brings to mind William Gibson's dystopian cyber-punk tones.

Still, overall it seems to me that although the general tone is closest to Clarke's and Asimov's visions of the future, rationality prevailing over all else.

The Earth-like would be closer to a utopia than a dystopia, given how much space mankind was suddenly granted to combat overpopulation. With cheap fuel and widespread FSD technology, we are generally doing very well as a race and the Blade Runnery type of vibe would not make a lot of sense. Not that I wouldn't want to see it in Elite.

Perhaps a nice, procedural variation could be in place - on one hand a sprawling, overpopulated and overcrowded blade runner-like city in certain places (Federation?), and more utopian, clean and garden-like in others (Empire?).

Judging by Frontier's art direction, there's not much to worry about in that department, it's the gameplay mechanics and loops that are mostly troublesome.
Pretty much echoes my thoughts, I was going to comment on this thread with something along the lines of "it would depend where you are, federation high pouplation systems = blade runner, alliance systems = star trek, frontier independents = firefly, etc
 
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I'm guessing you are a Kim Stanley Robinson Mars Trilogy fan? Those books changed my life, the Arkadi username, presumably a mars trilogy reference, got you the like.
I have not heared from the Mars Trilogy yet, but it sounds interesting. My username indeed stems from Boris and Arkadi Strugaktzi whose humor and writing I really enjoy. I started with the Maxim Kammerer trilogy and got addicted to theire writing.

However your earlyer post makes a lot of sense, since the Elite Universe seems to ground on a very pragmatical and materialistical focus, where politics have not changed much from our century and humanity has only evolved technologically and not in it's society or on individual base.
 
My favorite science fiction author is Larry Niven his books for Ringworld is what got me into playing any space game. diffareant races all intune with there day night cycle and gravity and such. so I do hope what ever comes I dont reconise to much. But I do want to know thats human and thats not.
 
I have not heared from the Mars Trilogy yet, but it sounds interesting. My username indeed stems from Boris and Arkadi Strugaktzi whose humor and writing I really enjoy. I started with the Maxim Kammerer trilogy and got addicted to theire writing.

However your earlyer post makes a lot of sense, since the Elite Universe seems to ground on a very pragmatical and materialistical focus, where politics have not changed much from our century and humanity has only evolved technologically and not in it's society or on individual base.
Funny that, little references everywhere, mine is a combination of first and last names of two characters from Frank Herbert's Dragon in the Sea, a science-fiction thriller from before Dune, about a mole on a stealth submarine with a crew of 4, and their psychological limits, when operating at the edge of implosion from pressure, evading enemy subs and trying to figure out which one of them is a traitor. I suspect Clancy took liberal inspiration from this little-known gem in writing his Hunt for Red October.

And I respect your taste: like Stanislaw Lem the Strugacki brothers had that central/eastern-block deep philosophical sensitivity about their science fiction, as compared to (usually, not always) simpler american ones from the era.
 
Star wars started it, tie figher made it, but these days its more about putting into practice all the waffle from the relatively recent series of documentaries with the british dude. Will just leave it at that. And also for the record i worked out all that stuff while "staying up late" during adolescence, didn't need a physics degree, same conclusions. One of the best parts about cosmology is that in large your guess is as good as mine. Anyway.
 
I hoping it'll be a badly done, small town uk version of late 20th century brutilism.
Badly designed bus stations, early 80's post punks spitting on the floor, dark brown engineering bricks laid on edge, disillusioned new romantics weeing in doorways after the club, brown tiles, rotating adverts with smiling housewives, asbestos ceilings, timber slatted seating areas smelling of pee, wimpy's, everything shut on Sunday.
As someone mentioned last time I posted this pic, they could smell it!
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Jut round the corner - what could be more inviting that pats flowers, conveniently located beneath the underpass that's never seen the dystopian, rain filled, sunless skies :

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Grab your tartan, zero-g shopping trolley, mushroom coloured rain mac and plastic rain bonnet - it's market day and bargains to be had.
 
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