What I hate about galactic empires

Galactic empires offer us the opportunity to break away from 20th/21st-century culturally rooted stories and milieus and go someplace truly daring. Too many of these stories don’t. They not only fail to be daring, they don’t even bother to leave Terran man behind, and cling instead to the safe ground of the known social context. These are empires for the faint-hearted.