Publisher description from What's O.L.D. is N.E.W. Starter Kit "The Full Games" section:
N.E.W. is a game of science fiction. It features starships and lasers and psionics, and is perfect for running games which range from space opera to hard sci-fi. It contains six character species from different worlds, careers including space jockeys, engineers, smugglers, starship officers, star knights, psi-cops and more. N.E.W. also contains detailed rules for building starships, starship combat, futuristic weapons and equipment, creating worlds and star systems, and body-enhancing cybernetics.
Play N.E.W. if you want to command a starship or explore the fringes of the galaxy.