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With a much more visual culture, I'm happy to see that even miniatures are still pretty popular for science fiction wargaming... Online, I've found that the UK and Canada seem to be the central hubs of keeping science fiction wargaming alive through the miniatures. Even SFB/Federation Commander has a set of miniatures and rules for them. Between how fun they are, and the honest lack of imagination in todays culture (it certainly is more visually interesting to have pewter and plastic minis over cardboard chits and game boards...) its hard to say. At least computers haven't completely killed tabletop gaming as a whole!
There are still quite a few SF board games out there, for example Grav Armor from Dwarf Star Games is now released and freely available so long as you follow the distribution agreement (i.e. don't sell it for profit...). I'm also going to guess that the cost of printing board games is getting about as astronomical as trying to print rules and produce miniatures... Since the minis sell better, its obvious which direction companies are taking.