Over in another thread somewhen, a poster was lamenting a lack of snazzy new imagining in SFF. Seeing as how SF often derives its imaginings from science and technology, and F from philosophy and the philosophy of science, I thought I'd share this -- TIME's Top 25 Inventions of the Year. There's some really neat stuff here, and some of them might have a real effect on how we live (or hint at things to come). If by some chance I win a story contest soon, I'm going to suggesting that these inventions be the "theme" inspirations for everyone's stories. Either way, some of this might spark an idea or three. http://techland.time.com/2012/11/01/best-inventions-of-the-year-2012/?iid=nf-article-moreontime The "Civilization Starter Kit" is very cool. Nevermind its humanitarian aims here on earth -- Colonization, anyone?