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..."
Category #2: Cool Spaceships
Category #3: Cool Maps
Category #4: Cool Aliens
Category #5: Misc
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?