After the post from the other day, I began sifting through the hellhole that is the Internet to see about striking a balance between writing and world-building. One of the things that came up was this notion of critical world-building.
An interesting conversation led to this week's World-Building Notes posting. It was inspired, in part, by Reddit's writerly communities and a community I belong to, LitFiction, on Discord.
Empire building is as old as time itself.
Classic space opera (and science fiction in general) has envisioned a universe where things like commerce take place on the galactic scale, and within a regular human lifespan.
One of my problems with space opera, at least traditional-esque space opera, has been the tendency to name aliens, uplifted species, etc. in ways that are either unpronounceable or in ways that are just plain weird.