In this classic speculative fiction trope, we are reminded that space is cold. Of course, more often than not, it gets totally blown out of proportion or otherwise misstated, since Space Does Not Work That Way.
For accurate information, see Temperature of Outer Space.
Game and Story Use
- An alternate universe setting might completely subvert this. If your setting features space sailboats, you probably need to fudge the temperatures of space.
- Games in the mirky past - with Time Travelers or Gods visiting a moment shortly after the Big Bang will turn this on its head - space was far less empty and cold back then.