Great ideas not always branded
monkey brains smartest
I love story games. You'd probably call them tabletop roleplaying games (not just the dumbed-down video ones), but I play-study them alone since I became aware enough, since I find no one interested enough to delve that long, broad, and deep into them.
Great ideas are not confined to Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel-DC, Harry Potter, Middle-earth, Warhammer (both genres), or Dungeons and Dragons alone. Consider the now inactive site of free story games, 1,000 monkeys🐒, 1,000 typewriters (inspired by Infinite monkey theorem), or 1km1kt.net .
I refer this post to just the futuristic sentient races in Aaron Zell's Sea of Stars. Note that the common alien races can be human-like in physique and behaviour (prehistoric Thrassians, staid Reltoans, organic robotic Lilianites),
or resemble familiar animal types (reptilian Nel Ari, dog-like Kaylon, bird-like Quextil) with their evolutionary histories of ecological harmony, and warring conflicts, or religious dogmas.