Kairaku Haha! I love the fact someone else caught onto this. I really do love the whole Stainless Steel Rat and Bill the Galactic Hero, Harry Harrison verse. I could see a PBTA hack working, but the idea of playbooks needing to be a kind of love letter to the tone and the world.
I think throwing the world together in something like Cortex, Fate, or Cypher system that basically lets you declare a I am a guy who does this and here are some other things I do well, without the whole structure PBTA brings.