I can understand your desire for a more SciFi oriented icon set, AstroCat. When I made the icons, especially the "News" image gave me problems. I tried 3 or 4 different approaches (futuristic, modern, old) that all didn't quite convince me.
When designing my mods I thought about in which direction I want to go. There were two paths to chosse: One that was more "in character" where the icons were more scifi oriented, a path that I went with the components mod, and the other path that focused on "being easily recognizable". This path I went when doing the resources mod. In the end, I would always trade recognizability for scifi in-characterabilty.
So that why I went with an old school newspaper icon in the end. Because we are old school humans on earth where newspapers are made from paper and spies somewhat look like "Mr. Ano Nym from the Merkur supermarket" (where I borrowed the icon) So we do not have to *think* when we see an icon, we instictivly *know*.