But I prefer my space fantasy not to end in a copyright infringement lawsuit!
Me too! That’s an attitude that lends itself to enjoyment of the game. I don’t know any other game that is like that.
It’s very much about doing your thing, especially if that’s a variety of things. The slow-burn story development is neat but it’s a backdrop, it’s not what the game is about. (And man, it really is a slow burn, even I got impatient for the Thargoids to make a move.)
There are people who joined the game because they thought it was a “story game” about alien invasion, or something. That’s a recipe for disappointment, just like it is if you only like to do one specific thing (say, PvP piracy), and expect to do 500 thrilling hours of just that.