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Below are my 20 favorite deviations from 2013.  Enjoy.

Category #1:  Gasp-worthy amazing; a.k.a. "Oh yeah, now I remember why I keep coming back to dA..."
Sao Paolo by JamesLedgerConceptsa page from chapter one by beltminerMorning Lake by Dave-DKSpindrift, chapter1 page 65 (no txt version) by ElsaKroese

Category #2:  Cool Spaceships
Commissioned: Hellfire Class Medium Carrier by ColourbrandHelionis - refueling spaceship by Obey-artBaegonian Skimmer by desuranStar Wars Style Local Cargo Transport by SARGY001

Category #3:  Cool Maps
Sierra System Planet - Cloud Texture by ZerraspaceThe Verse: Serenity-Firefly Map by CasperiumOld Mars - Request by TimberfleetAgurien Map by Faejala

Category #4:  Cool Aliens
Average Day at the Chop Shop by Whachamacallit1Major Sentient Species Visual Guide by ILJacksonFemale Solir by Bones859Lyell-3 - Tree Tops by Tapejara

Category #5:  Misc
Project ceres sketchdump by 4nimeCub3LCARS Orbital Scan by TronTrekThe Inner Patrata System by joeabuy1000Lillian "Lilly" PC-8302 by JsunDmint

For anyone who may interested, I am curious to know what people think about the importance of depicting a utopia versus a dystopia or a normopia (word I made up just now to refer to something that is neither a utopia or a normopia).  The reason I bring this up is because I am somewhat conflicted about how to proceed with the main government of my world building project.  Dystopias are easy because they allow us to find things wrong with society (or things that could go wrong) and then exaggerate them in a way that is entertaining.  However, functional quasi-realistic utopias are also needed in order to validate our disapproval of dystopias.  The challenging part about utopias, though, is that it is more difficult to come up with internal conflicts for stories unless the utopia is simply on the verge of reverting to a dystopia.  Normopias, on the other hand, such as several of the factions from Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, are attractive but in order to pull those off a deep understanding of history and cultural momentum is required.  So what do you think?  From the standpoint of moral writing is it better to use dystopias to vaccinate ourselves against unfavorable future political climates, or are utopias more relevant to the evolution of the genre? 



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I'm in my late twenties and like many aspiring writers, I have opted for anonymity. When I was younger I was a huge fan of the Sim and Sid Meir games, but as I got older I gradually grew tired of them and started looking for a more creative outlet. One day I noticed dA-Muro, started doodling, and the rest is history.

My main activity on dA revolves around a massive group world building project called One-Planet-at-a-Time one-planet-at-a-time.deviantar…. It's basically a science fiction universe that is designed to remain as open-ended as possible instead of collapsing in on itself like a lot of the mainstream universes seem to be doing. Submissions to this group are officially accepted on Sundays. I do not thank people for faves but I do reply to most comments and notes within a reasonable amount of time.

If anyone would like a critique for a short story (preferably sci-fi) just send me a note and I'll put it on my to-do list. My policy is one critique per writer unless the writing is for the OPaaT Project in which case I am willing to write multiple critiques. Even if you are not a Premium member I am still happy to provide detailed feedback.

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YppleJax Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the favorite, and given the collection name, in advance for the feature! :D
space-commander Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome :) If you'd like an 200+ word critique comment me again after Comical1 has posted the reviews.
YppleJax Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, thanks!
beltminer Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Thanks for fave my friend, I was hoping to put across the kind of industrial liberty port that both of us 
love so well.  Although this one is not quite as grand as equador, it is a kind of pre-interstellar version
space-commander Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome and it is always a pleasure to see a work of art that maintains a sense of continuity. Speaking of the industrial side of things, is Ithica Station one of one of those places that regularly breaks down ice into hydrogen for fuel or is that kind of thing limited to the He-3 refineries elsewhere?
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