Amazon’s practice of putting out a pile of different pilots and letting the cream rise via actual user data.
Environmental collapse. Precipitous economic drop, at least locally. Population collapse maybe?
The Oasis settlement is on “the edge of the galaxy.” That’s really far! Nearest edge to Earth still thousands of lightyears. So, magic FTL. Stasis and muscle-wasting. FTL comms may be couriered by the ships.
The role of a man of God on a space station where resources are scarce and engineers are in high demand.
Not as advertised! We’re still in the early stages of building Elysium here; it’s still being settled. Gravity and weather systems and water. Tectonic activity and proximity to other bodies. Breathable atmospheres and how they get there.
Expense and complexity of designing for return trips in space travel. The nature of the magic FTL seems to still need normal rocket launches to get up there. Processing passenger vessels for materials.
Hydroponics. Aeroponics. Lower energy and water requirements, fine control of variables. Haley Joel is our Mark Watney botanist.
Ala Armageddon? Mundane explanations, Occam’s Razor, and magnets. Or supernatural. We’ll see!
What could be going on on this world and what we expect to actually happen. Solaris!