There’s been a lot of photons burned over the idea that humans will be seen as space orcs (to which I say, MORE DAKKA), but ‘Domestication’ offers another thought: what if we’re space elves? Like the ones out of folklore? The awful folklore?
Although I dunno how well this works in real life. Assume “Super Mega-Zoom Call Activate!” exists in a world where the participants wouldn’t immediately start arguing with each other. And, sure, superpowers! Their existence wouldn’t be any less plausible, honestly.
‘Final Move’ is fairly grim, from a certain point of view. Human brains just don’t handle the concept of Eternity well, I suppose. Or maybe it’s just that every story turns into something else, on a long enough schedule?