One of my biggest issues in science fiction is when there's so much cool lore and potential but it was ruined by White Man Writing.
Let me give some examples.
The concepts in the Dune series are really cool. Humans use limited tech thanks to a robot revolution many centuries before. So instead of machine computers, they use living systems to solve complex equations.
That is fucking rad as hell.
But then it gets ruined by the story's political systems.
The reason there's an Emperor and royalty in these books is because Frank Herbert was a libertarian who believed that it humanity's nature was to always exist in a Vassal state.
Uh excuse me? The fuck.
And some might argue "but Paul becomes Emperor at the end and brings peace".
The issue isn't who is in charge but what system is used.
Avatar is also another great example.
Pandora is an amazing feat of creativity. From the floating mountains to the mycorrhizal network so complex it literally has a mind of its own.
So then why does the movie suck so bad?
Because James Cameron is the same asshole who nearly let Kate Winslet freeze to death and called it method acting.
So instead of a story about this fanatastic world, we get Pocahontas In Space.
Maybe it's just because im a star trek person.
Where humanity learns from their mistakes and goes out to learn and explore, not conquer.
Where they ask nicely if they can use local resources and are sure to offer the locals anything they like in return.
Where people from other worlds can chose to travel the stars or live as their ancestors did and both are seen as equal options.
Anyway here's some cool links on new amazing and ethical scientific breakthroughs:
Mining without digging
Mushrooms and bacteria that eat plastic
Artificial womb video (still just a theory but neat) plus the current science