I do wish you luck in your quest for an FTL drive mate, though this forum may not align well with the sort of feedback you seek.
To step out of trekish ramblings for a moment, the likely impossibility (or at least extreme
difficulty) of real
FTL drive is probably a built-in safety feature of the universe against the likely exploitative ambitions of any species that's in it's technical infancy - like us. Maybe the answers to the FTL problems follow a few thousand (million?) years of technical (and moral) development.
We might be better served with our best and brightest solving climatic and economic problems right now.