I was re-watching Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and I realized that I've left out some influences from my early exposure to science fiction. The book from Jules Verne was one of my earliest exposures to Sci-Fi.
While the movie alludes to the Nautilus being powered by nuclear fission, the original book alludes to a process where Nemo extracts his fuel from the seawater itself. Or at least that's what I remembered. According to Wikipedia Nemo actually described a rather mundane chemical reaction that used coal from the sea to provide the power for the refining process.
I was already planning on sprinkling references to 2001, a Space Odyssey, Starship Troopers, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, The Man in the High Castle, and Neuromancer throughout the lore of Sublight:
...Getting back to my main point.
I think I need to expand this lore to include some 19th and early 20th century Sci-Fi. And probably throw some Sherlock Holmes in for good measure.