When talking about sci-fi I can get into there's a few broad eras of sci-fi:
- 40's camp sci-fi serials of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers
- Sword and Planet novels (Burroughs' John Carter and Venus novels)
- 50's and 60's serious sci-fi, of magazines like Galaxy Science Fiction and radio shows like X-Minus One (and Star Trek and the Twilight Zone, both of which ripped off X-Minus One to a degree that is not at all funny)
- 70's and 80's space opera, which borrowed a bit from all these: Star Wars, Space: 1999, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers in the 25th century, Black Hole
- 80's sci-fi movies that aren't space operas: Terminator, Alien, Blade Runner
But this is the sci-fi that speaks to me, stories of high adventure set in a universe whose physical laws only apply when they're cool.
These are influences you will see, for better or worse, in Stranded on a Distant Star.