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Old April 6th, 2020, 02:18 PM
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A list to which you can add GURPS Terradyne, Jovian Chronicles, Serenity/Firefly and possibly Eclipse Phase and Blue Planet.

For near near future there are the rather good Cyberpunk space books, Near Orbit and Deep Space.
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"A few days on a train" is much like "after a week in jump space" conceptually. You are traveling by map, as Indiana Jones and some Muppets are know to do.
We really need smileys for responses. always loved the Indiana Jones red dotted lines, now I need to go look up some Muppets because, well, Muppets!
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Mind, a distinguishing characteristic of an interplanetary campaign is that travel is potentially less safe.

In the standard model, the ships (mostly) just travel from planet, to 100D, then jump to sit safe and sound for a week until they arrive 100D from their destination and proceed to dock.

The travel to 100D isn't very long, and can be readily patrolled.

In contrast, a trip to the outer system is easily a week depending on drive speed and technology (Heplar drives suffer a fuel and thus velocity and time disadvantage here).

If you allow a modicum of "stealth in space" (for assorted values of "stealth"), then piracy is more real. Encounters are more remote, etc. Your campaign went from airline travel back down to pony express and wagon trains.

And, of course, stealth doesn't have to be actual "can't see on sensors" kind of stealth. Simply having an overworked, ambivalent, or corrupt patrol authority casting a "blind eye" on activity is stealthy. Having ships "lost in the crowd" can be stealthy, etc.

The key point, of course, is that a ship in transit is accessible and potentially vulnerable during its entire flight vs tuck "safely" away in jump space.
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The novel "2312" by Kim Stanley Robinson has an inhabited solar system with human habitation from vulcanoid asteroids inside the orbit of Mercury out as far as the moons of Pluto. Mercury has a mobile city called Terminator that rolls on tracks at the cusp between sunrise and darkness. Venus is being terraformed, with a vast sunshade to freeze the CO2 into dry ice. This is smoothed with super zambonis and will eventually be sequestered under an artificial crust. Asteroids hollowed and spun up into habitats called terraria roam the solar system. Definitely worth a read.
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Of course you can always go retro. The Pulp, pre-spaceflight solar system had plenty of room for adventure. I've always enjoyed the stories of C. L. Moore and Leigh Brackett. And of course Frank Chadwick gave us Space: 1889. A few online sources for ideas:

https://www.solarsystemheritage.com/

http://www.steam-trek.com/
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The Jupiter Pirates novel series centers on colonies around Jupiter and Saturn. The central characters, the Hashoon family, are pirates.. er... "privateers." Not scientifically accurate, but fun:

https://www.jupiterpirates.com/solar-system/
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The Canadian TV series "Starhunter" was set in our solar system. I liked how it dealt with communications time lag, and long travel times. Messages were pre-recorded videos, like YouTube. I've only seen the first season, but the twenty or so episodes visited every planet, or moons of the gas giant planets, except Venus. The main characters are bounty hunters, who travel in a crappy old retired space liner they call the Tulip.It was on Trans Utopian Lines, but the paint faded until only a few letters were left, so, Tulip. They rent it from a rich patron. The captain, Dante, searches for his son, who was abducted by space pirates called Raiders. Another crew member has ties to a shadowy group of scientists called the Orchard. They have discovered that some humans retain ancient alien genes called the Divinity Cluster. When these genes become active, they give the host anazing psionic powers.
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now I need to go look up some Muppets because, well, Muppets!
Specifically the "reboot" The Muppets from last decade.
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The Canadian TV series "Starhunter" was set in our solar system. I liked how it dealt with communications time lag, and long travel times. Messages were pre-recorded videos, like YouTube. I've only seen the first season, but the twenty or so episodes visited every planet, or moons of the gas giant planets, except Venus. The main characters are bounty hunters, who travel in a crappy old retired space liner they call the Tulip.It was on Trans Utopian Lines, but the paint faded until only a few letters were left, so, Tulip. They rent it from a rich patron. The captain, Dante, searches for his son, who was abducted by space pirates called Raiders. Another crew member has ties to a shadowy group of scientists called the Orchard. They have discovered that some humans retain ancient alien genes called the Divinity Cluster. When these genes become active, they give the host anazing psionic powers.
Excellent acting and story... but the graphics were poor for the era, and laughably bad now.
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Aramis, true. I found it in the $5 bargain bin at Target. I think that obscure, flawed books, movies, TV shows often make the best sources of inspiration. I can mine them for ideas, and most players have no idea of the source.
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