As I've been thinking back to the early days of gaming I remembered a great little science-fiction game by TSR back in the early '80s, Star Frontiers. Dralasites, Vrusk, Yazarians, Sathar and all sorts of cool stuff were included in that role-playing game. I did some quick web searches looking for memories people may have had of that game and I came across Starfrontiers.com.
This site claims to be the official Star Frontiers site, with permission from Hasbro. That's cool. Especially since they happen to have PDF copies of nearly every Star Frontiers supplement and boxed set. If you remember the good-old-days when Star Frontiers was new or just want to do some research on the early days of gaming a visit to that site would not be wasted.
I'm not sure if I'd use that old system if I ran a Star Frontiers campaign again. Some d20 variant or GURPS might work better. But I could be wrong, despite how simple the Star Frontiers system is, it might still be a functional system viewed nearly 30 years later.... 30 years? Dang I'm getting old. I still remember as a youngling spending hours designing starships for the Knight Hawks supplement. I might have to design a couple of ships this weekend for old time's sake.