Summary: The Ur-Quon Master game is equivalent to Star Control 2, originally published in 1992!
> [[image/right:http://sc2.sourceforge.net/screenshots/shipyard_tn.png|Ur-Quan Masters Screenshots|http://sc2.sourceforge.net/screenshots.php]]
Following the link chain from Erol Otus Interview to An interview with fantasy artist Erol Otus to The Ur-Quan Masters I ended up wasting a few hours playing this game. Multi-platform (Windows, Mac OSX, various GNU/Linux and BSD variants) awesome using astroid-like navigation when in combat (turn you ship clockwise or counter-clockwise, thrust, and shoot) with lots of weird aliens that you need to convince of an alliance.
The Ultronomicon is the Ur-Quon Master wiki. Go to the non-spoiler hints and look at the First Things To Do page.